Springer, Correa, Chirinos homer, Astros beat Royals 6-4

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(AP) It’s no secret that Houston’s lineup has power from top to bottom. The Astros continued to show off that power on Monday night.

George Springer, Carlos Correa and Robinson Chirinos (chee-REE-nohs) each homered to lead the Houston Astros to a 6-4 win over the Kansas City Royals.

The Astros have hit 11 home runs in the last three games.

Springer opened the first with his 11th home run of the season, including three leadoff drives. He added an RBI double in the eighth.

Correa had three hits. He opened the second by extending his hitting streak to a career-high 16 games with a home run.

Chirinos’ two-run drive in the sixth put the Astros back in front at 5-4.

Hunter Dozier hit a two-run homer in the Royals fourth. Adalberto Mondesi’s two-run homer in the fifth gave Kansas City a 4-3 lead.

Gerrit Cole (3-4) yielded four runs on seven hits with nine strikeouts in 6 1/3 innings.

Hector Rondon got out of a bases-loaded jam in the eighth, thanks to a barehanded play by second baseman Jose Altuve on a soft chopper to get Kelvin Gutierrez at first and end the inning.

Altuve’s defensive gem was one of several the Astros made.

Roberto Osuna pitched the ninth for his eighth save.

Jakob Junis (3-3) allowed five runs on nine hits in 5 1/3 innings. The Royals have lost four of five.

Hunter Dozier remains hot. 2-4 day with 2 RBI and is now batting .348.

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