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Royals rally to force Game 5 against Astros in division series

Royals rally to force Game 5 against Astros in division series

Almost out of time and out of the playoffs, the Kansas City Royals realized they needed more than a big home run.

They needed a lot of hits — a maybe a little help too.

The defending American League champions saved their season Monday. They took advantage when Astros shortstop Carlos Correa couldn't handle a deflected grounder that might have been a double-play ball, rallying for five runs in the eighth inning to beat Houston, 9-6, forcing their playoff series to a decisive Game 5.

"We always feel that we're still in games, and we still have a chance," first baseman Eric Hosmer said. "That's the mentality for this whole entire team. It's never...

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