Astros starter Collin McHugh looked to be in complete control through the first three innings of Wednesday night’s ALDS Game 5 at Kauffman Stadium, but Eric Hosmer scored Lorenzo Cain from first base in the bottom of the fourth and the train got rolling again in the bottom of the fifth.
Here is Alex Rios‘ go-ahead fifth-inning two-run double that was preceded by a Salvador Perez hit-by-pitch and an Alex Gordon ground-rule shot that hopped up and over the wall in right-center …
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That put Kansas City up 3-2 and then Ben Zobrist drove in Rios with a sac fly to make it 4-2. Kansas City is six outs away from a second straight trip to the American League Championship Series.
LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles Dodgers reliever Joe Kelly had his suspension for throwing pitches near the heads of Houston hitters reduced to five games on appeal.
Kelly was originally penalized eight games by Major League Baseball on July 29, a day after throwing a 96 mph fastball near the head of Houston’s Alex Bregman and two curveballs that brushed back Carlos Correa.
The Dodgers on Wednesday confirmed the reduced penalty.
Kelly went on the 10-day injured list retroactive to last Sunday with right shoulder inflammation. He will serve his suspension when he returns.
After striking out Corea, Kelly curled his lip into a pouting expression and exchanged words with the shortstop.
Benches cleared after Kelly’s actions during the sixth inning of Los Angeles’ 5-2 win at Houston in the teams’ first meeting since it was revealed the Astros stole signs en route to a 2017 World Series title over the Dodgers.
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts served his one-game suspension the same day the penalty was handed down. Astros manager Dusty Baker was fined an undisclosed amount.
Kelly denied that he purposely threw at the Astros. He has previously been suspended in his career for throwing at a batter.
The penalties were imposed by former pitcher Chris Young, MLB’s senior vice president of baseball operations, who issued his first ruling since taking over the job from Joe Torre.