Homer by Moustakas lifts Royals over Astros 6-4
HOUSTON (AP) - Mike Moustakas homered in the 11th inning to lift the Kansas City Royals to a 6-4 win over the Houston Astros on Wednesday night.
Moustakas has been off to a tough start this season and was hitting .098 before his solo shot to the seats in right field off Jerome Williams to lead off the 11th.
A small group of Royals fans stood and yelled 'Moooooose' as he rounded the bases after his first homer this year.
Jarrod Dyson singled and added an insurance run on a fielder's choice.
Danny Duffy pitched two scoreless innings for the win and Greg Holland allowed a hit and a walk in a scoreless 11th for his fifth save.
Jason Castro and Marc Krauss both had two-run home runs for the Astros. Heralded Houston prospect George Springer made his major league debut, batting second and playing right field.
The 24-year-old, who hit 37 homers combined in Double-A and Triple-A last season, singled and walked, but struck out with one out and a runner on first in the 11th.
Peralta helps Brewers beat Cards 5-1 and stop skid
MILWAUKEE (AP) - Wily Peralta allowed one run in 6 1-3 innings and the Milwaukee Brewers turned two errors into four unearned runs Wednesday in a 5-1 win over the St. Louis Cardinals that ended a two-game losing streak.
Milwaukee, which came into the series with a nine-game winning streak, salvaged the finale of the three-game set.
Peralta allowed six hits and struck out three, and three relievers combined for scoreless relief.
Cardinals starter Joe Kelly gave up an unearned run and three hits in four innings.
Kansas State gives Weber 1-year contract extension
MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) - Kansas State basketball coach Bruce Weber has received a one-year contract extension through 2018-19 after leading the Wildcats to 47 wins in his first two seasons - the most by any coach during that span in school history.
Weber led Kansas State to a 20-13 record last season and an NCAA tournament appearance, Weber's second straight and the fifth straight trip for the program, a school record. Weber was the 2012-13 Big 12 Coach of the Year in his first season at Kansas State.
Weber will receive $2.25 million for the additional year and a $500,000 retention bonus if he completes the contract.
He was hired in March 2012.
Hitchcock: Blues chances hinge on Miller
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Just like last spring, the St. Louis Blues have the higher seed but the unenviable task of facing the defending Stanley Cup champion in the first round of the playoffs.
For the Blues to prevail against the Chicago Blackhawks in a matchup of 100-point teams, coach Ken Hitchcock says they'll need standout play from goalie Ryan Miller. St. Louis lost in six games to the Kings and Jonathan Quick last year and acquired Miller in hopes of making a deep run.
Hitchcock anticipates game-time decisions for the opener Thursday night, with a roster hit hard by injuries during a six-game losing streak to end the regular season.
Blackhawks stars Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews are back from lengthy injury layoffs.
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