Alcides Escobar, Ben Zobrist help lift Royals over Astros, 5-4, even ALDS at 1-1

The baseball hung in the sky for a lifetime, floating like a horsehide-covered offering to the Baseball Gods who had been so cruel to the Royals for the first 15 innings of the American League Division Series. Ned Yost often jokes about the talismanic powers of Alcides Escobar as their leadoff hitter, but in the seventh inning of a series-tying, stress-reducing, mojo-restoring 5-4 victory over the Astros, the Royals experienced a genuine bit of magic.

Royals replay challenges lead to run and a big out

Royals closer Wade Davis selected an idea time to collect his first pickoff since 2013. He and first baseman Eric Hosmer teamed up to get pinch runner Carlos Gomez with one out in the ninth inning of the Royals’ 5-4 victory over the Astros in the Game 2 of the ALDS

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