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Jason Castro

Astros sweep Royals with 6-5 victory

HOUSTON Jose Altuve stretched his left hand toward the plate and Salvador Perez stretched his left arm toward his childhood friend. They grew up playing together on youth teams in Venezuela. Now, at the game's highest level, a matter of inches and milliseconds separated them from agony and ecstasy. The deciding play in a 6-5 Royals loss to the Astros occurred in an instant, but both clubs waited four minutes and 10 seconds for a replay review in New York to confirm the call at Minute Maid Park: Altuve was safe, a seventh-inning comeback from Kansas City was for naught, and a sweep by the Astros was imminent. Altuve served as a mite-sized thorn in the side of the Royals. He reached...