Royals shutout by Kazmir and Astros

Houston Astros pitcher Scott Kazmir throws in the first inning of a baseball game against the Kansas City Royals in Kansas City, Mo., Friday, July 24, 2015. (AP Photo/Colin E. Braley)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Scott Kazmir pitched seven strong innings in his Houston debut, leading the Astros to a 4-0 win over the Kanas City Royals on Friday night.

The 31-year-old left-hander limited the Royals to three singles and only runner — Mike Moustakas in the fourth — past first base. Kazmir (6-5), who lowered his ERA to 2.24, retired the final nine batters he faced.

Kazmir, acquired by the Astros from Oakland on Thursday for two minor leaguers, hasn’t lost a July start since July 10, 2010, going 7-0 in his past 14 starts.

Preston Tucker had three of the Astros’ hits, including his fourth home run in five games. Tucker hit a base-loaded homer in the second.

Colby Rasmus singled home Carlos Correa with the other run in the third.

Royals right-hander Jeremy Guthrie (7-6) gave up four runs on 11 hits, matching his season high, and two walks in seven innings.

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