Garcia’s strong start helps Astros cool off Royals, 4-0

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Houston Astros starting pitcher Luis Garcia throws against the Kansas City Royals during the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Aug. 24, 2021, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)


HOUSTON (AP) — Luis Garcia pitched into the seventh inning and two relievers completed a four-hitter to lead the Houston Astros to a 4-0 win over the Kansas City Royals. Garcia struck out seven and scattered four hits across 6 2/3 sharp innings. Ryne Stanek got the next four outs before Kendall Graveman worked a perfect ninth. Houston’s strong pitching performance cooled off the hot-hitting Royals, who had scored 26 runs during a four-game winning streak.