KANSAS CITY -- Astros manager Bo Porter was not happy with his team's late-game hitting approach on Saturday in a 7-2 loss to the Royals.
The Astros trailed by five when they came to bat in the eighth and were retired on just four pitches by reliever J.C. Gutierrez. Marwin Gonzalez and Jimmy Paredes grounded out and Jose Altuve flied to right.
"Losing a game is one thing, but playing the game the right way is another thing," Porter said. "As long as I'm here, we're going to play the game the right way. That was not playing baseball the way it is supposed to be played.
"Not understanding situations, that's just unacceptable. It was addressed, it's over and I think it will be a good learning experience for those guys. You have to put yourself in position to have a chance to mount a comeback. You can't hit a grand slam with nobody on base."
Robert Falkoff is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.