playoffs 2015: Royals grab control of Game 5 with fifth-inning rally

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — This Royals comeback wasn’t as dramatic as their Game 4 miracle, and it wasn’t as drawn-out, either. But it was just as effective, and the frenzied crowd at Kauffman Stadium loved it as their Royals grabbed control of a winner-take-all Game 5.  PHOTOS: Best moments of ALDS | MORE: Five takeaways from Blue Jays ALDS winThe Astros had snagge

d a 2-0 lead in the second inning on a two-run homer by Luis Valbuena, and the score remained there into the fourth.  With one out in the bottom of the frame, Lorenzo Cain reached on an excuse-me checked-swing single.Cain appeared to be getting ribbed from dugout as he left batter's box after that feeble swing for a hit, turned that way and laughed at 1B— Vahe Gregorian (@vgregorian) October 15, 2015Eric Hosmer, the Royals’ clean-up hitter who found his power stroke late in Game 4, laced a single up the middle. It looked like KC would have a first-and-third situation. But center fielder Carlos Gomez slipped and fell down as he fielded the ball, and Cain never slowed down as third-base coach Mike Jirschele frantically waved him home for the Royals’ first run of the game.In the fifth, Sal Perez was hit with a breaking ball by Houston starter Colin McHugh. Alex Gordon, the best No. 8 hitter in the playoffs, followed with a ground-rule double and then Alex Rios, who’s taken his fair share of lumps from the KC fan base, pulled a double down the third-base line. Perez and Gordon both scored. Royals manager Ned Yost, an unabashed lover of the bunt, had his leadoff man, Alcides Escobar, sacrifice Rios to third, even though there were still no outs and the top of the order was coming up. And because everything comes up Yost at Kauffman, it worked. Ben Zobrist followed with a sacrifice fly that plated Rios and put the Royals ahead, 4-2.