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Royals rally past Astros to even series

Ben Zobrist's go-ahead single in the 7th capped off a Royals rally from a 4-1 deficit to beat the Astros 5-4 in Game 2 of the ALDS.


Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

In St. Louis, John Lackey hasn't given up a hit through five innings and has faced the minimum 15 batters. The only Cubs baserunner he's allowed so far came courtesy of a fourth inning walk to Kyle Schwarber, who was promptly erased by a 5-4-3 double play. Lackey should have plenty left in the tank too, as he's only thrown 56 pitches so far.

Jayson Stark @jaysonst

Did we pay enough attention to John Lackey's spectacular finish? Only 2 NL pitchers had a lower ERA in Sept (1.78) - Arrieta & Strasburg

Lackey has no-hit bid through 5

John Lackey has held the Cubs hitless through five innings (1 BB, 3 Ks, 56 pitches) in Game 1 of the NLDS. The Cardinals have a 1-0 lead. Follow live


Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Anthony Rizzo now just 1 for 14 off John Lackey in his career. 0 for 2 today as Cubs have yet to have a hit through 5 innings.

Perez gets doused mid-interview

Salvador Perez was busy talking about the Royals' come-from-behind win in Game 2 of the ALDS but a teammate snuck up on the catcher and gave him an early shower to celebrate.


Prince goes face down

The celebration of winning Game 2 of the ALDS didn't start off great for Prince Fielder, his attempt to climb the dugout fence ended with him tumbling to the ground.


Jayson Stark Senior Writer, 

First 12 outs on 44 pitches for John Lackey. Doesn't get much more efficient than that.

Kurkjian: Royals 'had to win this game'

Tim Kurkjian says it was crucial that the Royals beat the Astros and evened the series up in Game 2 of the ALDS.


Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

On the ropes not only in the game, but the series, the Royals rallied for a 5-4 victory to even the ALDS against the Astros at a game each. Eric Hosmer and Salvador Perez had sixth-inning RBIs to tie it and Ben Zobrist had the go-ahead hit in the seventh. The Royals bullpen went three scoreless innings.

Cecil out for rest of the postseason

Toronto will be without LHP Brett Cecil for the rest of the postseason after he tore a left calf muscle during the Jays’ loss to Texas in Game 2 of the ALDS. Manager Josh Gibbons said of Cecil (2.48 ERA in 63 appearance this season): “He’s got a pretty significant tear in his calf."


Jerry Crasnick MLB Sr. Writer 

Colby Rasmus stays hot and Scott Kazmir carries a lead into the sixth inning. But the Houston bullpen can't maintain it, and the Astros fall 5-4 to the Royals at Kauffman Stadium. This ALDS is tied at 1-1 heading back to Houston.

Royals even ALDS series at 1

Kansas City thrilled the home crowd by scoring 4 unanswered runs, ending with a Ben Zobrist RBI single in the 7th to give the Royals the lead and a 5-4 win over Houston. Game 3 will be Sunday in Texas. Box score


Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Coming into the game Cubs starters had not given up more than a single run in their last nine outings. All wins. Cards scored 1 in the first.

Baseball Tonight @BBTN

Got him! Wade Davis picks off pinch-runner Carlos Gomez at 1st for the 2nd out of the 9th inning.

Cardinals go up early vs. Cubs

The Cubs went down 1-2-3 in the top of the first, but Matt Holliday's RBI single off Jon Lester to score Stephen Piscotty in the bottom of the frame has the Cards up 1-0 heading into the second. Follow live

Friday's MLB postseason schedule

  • Rangers beat Blue Jays 6-4 to take 2-0 series lead
  • Now: Royals lead Astros 5-4 in Game 2 (Astros lead series 1-0)
  • Now: Cardinals lead Cubs 1-0 in Game 1
  • Game 1: Mets at Dodgers, 9:45 p.m. ET
Postseason coverage, schedules

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Cubs at Cardinals in Game 1 of NLDS

The Cubs' reward for their euphoric NL wild-card win over the Pirates? A series with MLB's only 100-win team. Former Red Sox teammates Jon Lester and John Lackey meet on the mound. Follow live

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