KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Ervin Santana plans to give the ball from his 100th career win to his mother. Its a gift thats been a long time coming. Santana pitched seven snappy innings in his seventh attempt to reach the milestone, and the Royals finally gave him enough support in a 7-2 victory over the Houston Astros on Saturday night that also gave Kansas City its fourth consecutive win. "Its a dream come true. Im just very excited for it," Santana said of the win. "Its a long process, a lot of bad outings and a lot of good outings. It feels good to get there." Santana (4-5) entered the game with the worst run support among qualifying pitchers in the American League, a big reason why he already had six fruitless tries to win his 100th game. He finally made thanks to a seemingly endless series of singles and doubles off the Astros Erik Bedard (1-3), who failed to make it through the fifth inning. "Santana pitched good. He was throwing strikes, getting people off balance and getting outs," Bedard said. "On the contrary, when I pitched they got hits and scored runs." Santana allowed five hits in seven innings, striking out six without a walk. The only damage he allowed came on an RBI single by Jose Altuve and a solo homer by Chris Carter. "He was commanding his fastball extremely well, good slider he kept down and on the outside of the plate. Good speed on his breaking ball. But command more than anything else," Royals manager Ned Yost said. "He just looked dominant at times." Kansas City had been averaging 2.68 runs per nine innings in games Santana started, and it hadnt scored more than four runs for him before Saturday night. But the offence has been coming alive in the nine games since Hall of Famer George Brett took over as interim hitting coach. The Royals have put up at least four runs in each of their four wins, and thats no negligible feat: They improved to 20-5 when scoring at least four times. The result of the Royals recently improved production has been just their third four-game winning streak of the year and their first since April 30-May 5. It didnt take long for them to strike Saturday night, either. David Lough led off the game with a single and motored into second when centerfielder Brandon Barnes bobbled the ball. Lough scored on a base hit by Salvador Perez, and he in turn came around on a double by Hosmer that was helped into the left-field corner by some gusting wind. The Royals added three more in the fourth when Bedard put the first five batters on base. The runs came on an RBI single by Miguel Tejada, a runs-scoring double by Jeff Francoeur and a bases-loaded, double-play groundout by Lough that made it 5-0. Kansas City tacked on another in the fifth when Hosmer worked a two-out walk and Lorenzo Cain hit a two-out pitch into the gap in right, knocking Bedard from the game. It was a forgettable 200th career start for the left-hander, who gave up six runs in 4 2-3 innings. It certainly bore little resemblance to his last time out, when Bedard allowed just one run over seven innings in a win over the Angels. "I think Erik, even though he battled, there were some plays that probably should have been made that were not made," Astros manager Bo Porter said. "Make no excuse about it, he battled." Santana had no such trouble against the light-hitting Astros, who only had one hit over the first five innings and didnt push a run across until there were two out in the sixth. Carters homer came in the seventh inning. Otherwise, Santana was in control all night. He struck out at least one in each of the first five innings, and picked up his first victory since beating Cleveland on April 27. "Most of us just found out tonight. A hundred wins, thats unbelievable, man," Hosmer said. "This is a tough league. If you get to 100 wins, that means youve had a long career." Notes: Houston CF Brandon Barnes left in the sixth with tightness in his left hamstring. ... The Astros claimed LHP Wade LeBlanc off waivers from Miami. Manager Bo Porter plans to use him out of the bullpen when he arrives Sunday. ... Royals LF Alex Gordon got his first night off of the season. Hes in a 3-for-30 slump. ... Houston RHP Lucas Harrell goes to the mound in the series finale Sunday against Royals RHP Luis Mendoza. Nick Easton Jersey . - After leading the Saints to a fourth playoff appearance in five seasons, Drew Brees expressed confidence in the direction of his team and, perhaps more importantly, showed a willingness to listen to contract proposals if the team needs his help getting under the NFLs salary cap. Latavius Murray Jersey . 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This team is playing its best football of the season entering the stretch and the Wildcats believe they might finally clinch their first bowl bid since 2010.Kentucky coach Mark Stoops wont let his players get ahead of themselves and start talking about first-place and No. 10 Florida in the Southeastern Conferences Eastern Division. Right now, the Wildcats (5-3, 4-2 SEC) enter Saturday nights game against Georgia (4-4, 2-4) looking to extend their three-game winning streak and reach the six-win threshold for bowl eligibility.There will be no talk about that, Stoops said Monday when asked Kentuckys divisional prospects. We need to control what we can control, and thats playing Georgia well. ... Were in no position to look ahead against anybody.Were going to do the same things weve been doing and were going to try to do them better this week. And thats the great thing: I believe we have much better football in us.Kentucky certainly had room for improvement after starting 0-2 following a 45-7 shellacking at Florida on Sept. 10. The embarrassing contest was the middle of a three-game opening stretch in which the Wildcats yielded at least 500 yards a game. Stephen Johnson was also called into action at quarterback following a back injury to Drew Barker.The Wildcats, who have appear to have turned the tables, outgained Vanderbilt, Mississippi State and Missouri and average 568 yards the past two weeks alone. That included 582 in Saturdays 35-21 win at Missouri that earned Kentuckys fourth SEC victory for the first time since 2006 and first 4-2 marrk in league play since 1993.dddddddddddd.A strong running game led by junior Boom Williams (821 yards, three touchdowns) and freshman Benny Snell (661 yards, eight TDs) has helped relieve some of the burden on Johnson. The duo combined for 374 yards rushing and three touchdowns at Mizzou, and Kentucky has averaged 299 yards per game on the ground during its winning streak.That output speaks volumes about the protection theyre getting up front.When you come together, you have some depth, you see some results, Stoops said of the offensive line. Theyre smart, good football players and theyre only gonna get better. Thats the beautiful thing.While the Wildcats remain a work in progress on both sides of the ball, theyre finally learning how to finish games.Just when Kentucky seemed headed for a loss that would have made the path to six wins tougher, the Wildcats rallied to beat Mississippi State 40-38 on Austin MacGinnis 51-yard field goal as time expired. They never trailed in Saturdays follow-up at Mizzou and enter a stretch determined to close better than they have recently.Kentuckys second-half schedule hasnt changed much from the past two years, when it went a combined 1-11 over the final six games and finished 5-7 both times. The Wildcats just seem better prepared this time around, even eager to attack it.There are so many things that have changed, Stoops said of the Wildcats mindset. It starts with a lot of things, but (its) their commitment level, the way they practice, their belief system and discipline. 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