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Dozier stays tough on McCullers with homer

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HOUSTON -- Royals first baseman Hunter Dozier certainly has Astros right-hander Lance McCullers Jr.'s number.

Dozier ripped a three-run home run to right field off McCullers in the fourth inning in a 4-3 walk-off loss in 12 innings on Saturday night at Minute Maid Park.

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HOUSTON -- Royals first baseman Hunter Dozier certainly has Astros right-hander Lance McCullers Jr.'s number.

Dozier ripped a three-run home run to right field off McCullers in the fourth inning in a 4-3 walk-off loss in 12 innings on Saturday night at Minute Maid Park.

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Dozier also took McCullers deep on Sunday at Kauffman Stadium, a two-run shot to left-center.

Anything Dozier sees from McCullers that his teammates don't?

"I don't think so," Dozier said. "He just threw me a fastball and I was able to make good contact."

This time, Dozier jumped on a 95-mph two-seamer from McCullers on a 2-1 count and drilled a line drive into the seats in right for his fourth home run this season.

Dozier said he expects to see more opposite-field home runs in the future.

"My last full year in the Minors in 2016, I hit quite a few the opposite way," Dozier said. "That's kind of my approach, hitting it to right-center."

Jeffrey Flanagan has covered the Royals since 1991, and for MLB.com since 2015. Follow him on Twitter @FlannyMLB.

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