Astros beat Royals in 12 innings, avoid sweep

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Houston Astros’ Jake Marisnick, right, celebrates his game-tying solo home run off Kansas City Royals relief pitcher Kelvin Herrera with Alex Bregman in the ninth inning of a baseball game, Sunday, April 9, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)

HOUSTON (AP) – Jake Marisnick hit a tying home run off Kelvin Herrera in the ninth inning and Evan Gattis drew a bases-loaded walk from Matt Strahm in the 12th, helping the Houston Astros beat the Kansas City Royals 5-4 Sunday and stop a three-game losing streak.

George Springer hit his 12th leadoff homer and third in seven games this season.

Brandon Moss homered against Chris Devenski (1-0) in the ninth to give the Royals a 4-3 lead, but Marisnick sent a Herrera slider into the left field Crawford Boxes.

Springer reached on an infield single leading off the 12th against Strahm (0-2), Alex Bregman sacrificed, Jose Altuve was intentionally walked and Carlos Correa hit into a forceout that advanced Springer to third.

Brian McCann walked on 10 pitches, and Gattis took a high-and-inside, full-count pitch for ball four.

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