By: Chris Cwik, Big League Stew
The Kansas City Royals are heading to the ALCS for the second straight season after defeating the Houston Astros 7-2.
Johnny Cueto came into the game with some questions, but quieted every single doubter. Cueto made one mistake, giving up a two-run shot against Luis Valbuena, but was otherwise awesome. The right-hander set down the final 19 hitters he faced. He gave up just two runs on two hits over eight innings, striking out eight. It was a huge start for the man who was supposed to be the Royals ace when he was acquired at the deadline.
Alex Rios started the team’s rally in Game 4, so it was fitting that he came through with the big hit in Game 5. Rios’ double in the fifth inning put the Royals ahead for good.
Kendrys Morales put the nail in the Astros coffin in the bottom of the eighth inning. With two men on, his three-run homer off Dallas Keuchel officially put the game out of reach. It was Morales only hit of the game, but it was a huge one.
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