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Mike Moustakas

Escobar, Zobrist help lift Royals over Astros, 5-4

KANSAS CITY, Mo. _ The baseball hung in the sky, 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.tmpplchld 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 bit of magic.tmpplchld "I'm not sure what happened," Lorenzo Cain said. "I'm just happy it fell."tmpplchld A two-run deficit erased and a must-win game tied heading into the final frames, Escobar pounced on a first-pitch...