Royals edge Astros to even series at 1-1

Fri Oct 9, 2015 10:06pm EDT
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(The Sports Xchange) - It was a survival game for the Kansas City Royals and a missed opportunity for the Houston Astros.

Ben Zobrist drove in Alcides Escobar with the go-ahead run in the seventh inning as the Royals rallied from a three-run deficit to defeat the Astros 5-4 on Friday and even the American League Division Series at one win each.

Zobrist grounded a single to left on a curveball by Houston reliever Will Harris that scored Escobar, who led off the inning with a triple to right center.

The Royals play the next two games in Houston and on Sunday face left-hander Dallas Keuchel, who is 15-0 this season at Minute Maid Park.

"I just kept telling the boys we've got a long way to go, just keep plugging away," manager Ned Yost said after the Royals were trailing by three runs early. "Let it happen, don't try to make it happen. Just let it happen and it did."

Royals relievers Kelvin Herrera, Ryan Madson and Wade Davis shut down the Astros in the final three innings. Herrera picked up the victory and Davis logged his first postseason save.

Harris, the fourth of six Astros pitchers, took the loss.

The Astros jumped out to a 4-1 lead but managed just two singles after the third inning.

Both starters -- Astros left-hander Scott Kazmir and Royals right-hander Johnny Cueto -- were acquired in late July trades to bolster their club's chances for the postseason.   Continued...

Oct 9, 2015; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Royals relief pitcher Wade Davis throws a pitch against the Houston Astros in the 9th inning in game two of the ALDS at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports