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Astros power past Royals to take Game 1

Colby Rasmus hit his second HR of the postseason as the Astros beat the Royals 5-2 in Game 1 of the ALDS. Royals DH Kendrys Morales homered twice in the loss.


Jerry Crasnick MLB Sr. Writer 

Collin McHugh was outstanding. The bullpen and defense were strong. And George Springer and Colby Rasmus hit solo homers to help lead Houston to a 5-2 victory over Kansas City in Game 1 of the ALDS. The young Astros seem to be right in their element in October.

Man vs. tarp ends with plastic on top

A Royals grounds crew member tripped during the rain delay -- and the tarp showed no mercy in running him over.


Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

Kendrys Morales hit two home runs, Chris Young struck out seven over four relief innings, but the Royals never could overcome Yordano Ventura's early struggles. Ventura gave up three runs over a brief two innings and the Royals fell 5-2 to the Astros in the opener of the ALDS.

Astros take Game 1 of ALDS over Royals

Despite a 47-minute rain delay in the third inning, RHP Collin McHugh pitched six innings, giving up 2 ER as the Astros beat the Royals 5-2. Game 2 is Friday at 3:45 p.m. ET. Postseason results, coverage


Bautista: 'I should be ready to go' Friday

Blue Jays RF Jose Bautista left Thursday's loss in the ninth with a hamstring cramp, but he said he should be good for Game 2 of the ALDS vs. the Rangers on Friday.


Jerry Crasnick MLB Sr. Writer 

The Astros look right at home at spacious Kauffman Stadium with their team speed and excellent outfield defense. Those home runs by George Springer and Colby Rasmus were a bonus tonight. But that's the way A.J. Hinch's lineup rolls.

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And Perez gets Hosmer to pop out to Valbuena in foul territory. That was huge! #Astros take a 5-2 lead to the 9th inning in KC.

Whoops! Astros won AL wild-card game

But apparently someone assumed the Yankees would be playing in Game 1 of the ALDS vs. the Royals.

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Jerry Crasnick MLB Sr. Writer 

Colby Rasmus is warming to October. He's one of 5 players to record an extra base hit in each of his first 5 postseason games. Nelson Cruz was the last to do it, in 2010.

Colby Rasmus hits second postseason HR

The Astros LF went deep in the wild-card game, and he just gave his team insurance with a solo shot to build Houston's lead to 5-2 over Kansas City in the eighth. Rasmus is the first Astro to homer in his team's first two games of a single postseason. Follow live

Adrian Beltre is day-to-day

The Rangers 3B left Thursday's ALDS Game 1 win over the Blue Jays after straining his back. Said GM Jon Daniels: "We haven't ruled him out of tomorrow's game. It doesn't appear to be a more than a back strain. He's still pretty sore."


Cubs fan: 'This is our year'

"Back to the Future II" had the Cubs winning the 2015 World Series, and some Chicago fans are thinking this is the year to win their first title since 1908. One fan said "[If] they win this year, I'm going to heaven."


Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

Kendrys Morales just delivered the Royals' 5th ever multi-homer game in the postseason. His home runs came in the 2nd and 4th innings as the Royals pulled within 3-2 against the Astros. The last Royals multi-homer game in the playoffs came when George Brett hit two in the '85 ALCS vs. the Blue Jays.

Kendrys Morales hits second HR of night

The Royals DH jacked solo home runs in the second and fourth innings to cut his team's deficit to just 3-2 heading into the fifth vs. the Astros. Morales joins George Brett and Willie Aikens as the only Royals with a multi-HR game in the postseason. Follow live

Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

Royals starter Yordano Ventura didn't outlast Thursday's early rain delay. The right-hander wasn't sharp as he gave up 3 runs on 4 hits in just 2 innings while throwing 42 pitches. Chris Young replaced Ventura when play resumed after a 49-minute delay.

Royals @Royals

Game 1 of the ALDS will resume at approximately 8:15 p.m. CT