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Ryan Madson

Astros use long ball to topple Royals, 5-2

KANSAS CITY, Mo._Silence no longer suits Kauffman Stadium, not after the exorcism of the 2014 playoffs and the season-long euphoria of 2015. This ballpark saw the Royals raise a pennant last year and capture a division title last month. Yet silence, the collective stifling of more than 40,000 voices ready to roar during Game 1 of the American League Division Series, radiated through the park in the final moments of a 5-2 loss to the Astros.tmpplchld The fans frothed with anticipation when the Royals, at last, placed two runners aboard in the bottom of the eighth against lefty reliever Oliver Perez. The descent of Eric Hosmer's pop-up in foul territory operated like a light switch...