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UNDATED (AP) -- The St. Louis Cardinals cooled off the Chicago Cubs by taking Game 1 of the National League Division Series.

Chicago had won nine straight dating to the regular season before John Lackey silenced them in the Redbirds' 4-0 shutout of the Cubs. Lackey was working on a no-hitter until Addison Russell led off the sixth with a single. Lackey gave up just one other hit over 7 1/3 innings before the Cards' bullpen completed the team's first postseason shutout since Oct. 18, 2013.

Matt Holliday put the Cardinals ahead with an RBI single in the first inning before a pair of rookies contributed in a three-run eighth. Tommy Pham hit a solo homer to make it 2-0, two batters before Stephen Piscotty launched a two-run blast.

Losing pitcher Jon Lester gave up three runs and five hits while striking out nine in 7 1/3 innings.

Kyle Schwarber had two of the Cubs' three hits.

Game 2 is Saturday in St. Louis. Jaime Garcia will take the mound for the Cardinals against Kyle Hendricks.

Kansas City became the first home team to win a game in this postseason. The visitors had been 5-0 until the Royals rallied for a 5-4 win over the Astros in Kansas City, tying the AL division series at a game apiece. The Royals scored twice in the sixth before Ben Zobrist delivered a tiebreaking, RBI single in the bottom of the seventh.

Colby Rasmus and George Springer staked the Astros to a 4-1 lead by the third inning. Rasmus put Houston ahead with an RBI double that scored Springer giving the Astros a three-run cushion in the top of the third. Springer had provided a two-run single in the second.

Salvador Perez smacked a solo shot for the Royals before they got another run back on a double-play grounder in the third. Eric Hosmer highlighted the Royals' game-tying rally in the sixth, lining an RBI single and scoring the tying run when Perez worked out a bases-loaded walk.

Neither starting pitcher was very sharp. Kansas City starter Johnny Cueto (KWAY'-too) was reached for four runs and seven hits in seven innings, with Houston's Scott Kazmir gave up three runs and five hits over 5 1/3.

Kelvin Herrera picked up the victory with help from Wade Davis, who earned the save. Davis allowed a one-out walk to Preston Tucker before picking off pinch-runner Carlos Gomez for the second out.

Will Harris was the loser.

The series shifts to Houston for Game 3 on Sunday. Edinson Volquez goes for the Royals against Dallas Keuchel (KY'-kul), who won a league-high 20 games during the regular season before beating the Yankees in the wild card game.

Before the Royals' victory, the Rangers made it five straight playoff wins for the road team by winning a 14-inning marathon in Toronto, 6-4 over the Blue Jays. Hanser Alberto and Delino DeShields delivered RBI singles with two out in the top of the 14th. Rougned Odor (ROOG'-nehd oh-DOHR') scored the tiebreaking run after he over-ran second base and was almost tagged out.

Texas blew a 3-1 lead and trailed 4-3 with two out in the eighth before pinch-hitter Mike Napoli (NAP'-oh-lee) laced an RBI single to force extra innings.

Alberto finished with two RBIs and DeShields was 3-for-7 with two runs scored to help the Rangers get within one victory of the championship series.

John Donaldson homered for the Blue Jays, who will try to avoid a sweep when they take on the Rangers Sunday in Texas.

Colby Lewis is slated to start for the Rangers in Game 3 against Marco Estrada.

Blue Jays reliever Brett Cecil tore his left calf muscle during the game and might be done for the postseason. The Jays' top lefty in the pen was injured while tagging Napoli in a rundown that ended the eighth inning.

The Dodgers and Mets have opened their best-of-five NL division series.

The Mets held a 3-0 heading into the eighth inning at Dodger Stadium. Jacob deGrom (deh-GRAHM') is in line for the win after scattering five hits while striking out 13 in seven innings. The strikeout total ties a Mets team record set by Tom Seaver in Game 1 of the 1973 NLCS at Cincinnati.

Daniel Murphy put the Mets in front with a solo homer off Clayton Kershaw in the fourth inning. It remained 1-0 until David Wright lined a two-run single off reliever Pedro Baez with two out in the seventh.

Dodgers starter Clayton Kershaw left with the score 1-0 and the bases loaded in the seventh. He gave up three runs and just four hits while striking out 11 over 6 2/3 innings.


SEATTLE (AP) -- Lloyd McClendon is out after two years as manager of the Seattle Mariners. New general manager Jerry Dipoto has made the decision so he can bring in his own field boss to take over Seattle's on-field operations.

The Mariners were 76-86 this season.


UNDATED (AP) -- The New York Islanders were 3-2 losers in their first regular-season game at Nassau Coliseum 43 years ago. They've duplicated that in their first regular-season game at Brooklyn.

Patrick Kane scored on a 4-on-3 power play at 1:49 of overtime to give the Chicago Blackhawks a 3-2 win over the Isles. Kane had a pair of goals to help the defending Stanley Cup champs pick up their first win of the season.

Captain John Tavares notched the Islanders' first goal in their new building, just as captain Ed Westfall did against the Flames in the team's Coliseum debut in 1972. Marek Zidlicky scored a game-tying goal early in the third period before Corey Crawford blanked New York the rest of the way.

Elsewhere on ice:

-- Detroit beat their former head coach as Justin Abdelkader (AB'-dul-kay-dur) registered a hat trick in the Red Wings' 4-0 shutout of Toronto. Dylan Larkin scored in his NHL debut and Jimmy Howard turned back 22 shots in his 21st career shutout. Mike Babcock is now 0-2 since moving to the Maple Leafs' bench.

-- Mats Zuccarello scored twice and the Rangers improved to 2-0 with a 4-2 comeback win at Columbus. The Blue Jackets led 2-1 until Oscar Lindberg, Kevin Hayes and Zuccarello tallied in the final 2:36.

-- Andrew Ladd and Blake Wheeler each had a goal and an assist while Winnipeg scored three times in the second period of a 3-1 triumph at New Jersey. Mark Scheifele (SHYF'-lee) also scored, Mathieu Perreault (peh-ROH') set up two goals and Michael Hutchinson stopped 20 shots in the season opener for both teams.


ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- Defenseman Simon Despres (see-MOHN' duh-PRAY') has agreed to a five-year, $18.5 million contract extension with the Anaheim Ducks. The 24-year-old was a first-round pick by the Penguins in 2009, and rose through Pittsburgh's minor-league system before the club traded him to Anaheim for defenseman Ben Lovejoy.

In other hockey news:

-- Center Mike Richards and the Los Angeles Kings have settled their dispute over the termination of Richards' contract after his arrest in June in Canada for possession of a controlled substance. He becomes a free agent.


CONCORD, N.C. (AP) -- Kyle Busch was the fastest in the final practice for Saturday night's Sprint Cup race at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Busch turned a lap of 189.354 mph. Kurt Busch was second, followed by Joey Logano, Ryan Newman, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Brad Keselowski.

Kyle Busch will start the race on the front row alongside Matt Kenseth. The winner will automatically qualify for the next round of the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship.


ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) -- Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy says he could miss another three games because of a pulled left hamstring. That's the timetable McCoy says he was provided by the team's medical staff after he aggravated the injury in a 41-14 win at Miami on Sept. 27.

He called the new injury a "grade-two pull" and acknowledged he might have come back from the injury too soon. McCoy was hurt on Aug. 18, and returned for Buffalo's season opener against Indianapolis on Sept. 13.

In other NFL news:

-- Marshawn Lynch will miss a second straight week for the Seattle Seahawks due to a hamstring strain. The running back injured his hamstring in the second quarter of the team's 26-0 victory over the Chicago Bears in Week 3. Lynch returned to limited participation in practice yesterday but is not ready to play Sunday against the Bengals.

-- Brian Hoyer is Houston's starting quarterback again after replacing Ryan Mallett in Thursday's 27-20 loss to Indianapolis. Hoyer lost the job after the season opener, but he came in to replace Mallett the last two games.

-- Buffalo Bills defensive end Jerry Hughes has been fined more than $30,000 by the NFL for incidents in last weekend's loss to the New York Giants. He was docked over $23,152 for abusive language toward an official and more than $8,600 for unnecessary roughness for head-butting.


NEW YORK (AP) -- Atlanta Hawks' player Thabo Sefolosha (tah-BO' sehf-ah-LOH'-shuh) missed the playoffs earlier this year with a broken leg he says he suffered during a fracas with New York City police outside a nightclub. A Manhattan jury has now found Sefolosha not guilty of misdemeanor obstructing government administration, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.

Prosecutors say he disobeyed police orders to clear the street after another NBA player was stabbed outside the club on April 8. Sefolosha says he was moving up the block and trying to give a beggar money when officers grabbed him.


INCHEON, South Korea (AP) -- The U.S. continued to lead the Presidents Cup against the International team after Saturday's foursomes in Incheon, South Korea. The Yanks were up 7 1/2 to 6 1/2 heading into Saturday's four-ball round.

Dustin Johnson and Jordan Spieth (speeth) gave the Americans their only victory of the foursomes round, beating Jason Day and Charl Schwartzel 1-up. The U.S. halved two other matches, and Louis Oosthuizen (WUHST'-hy-zehn) and Branden Grace picked up a 3-and-2 win over Patrick Reed and Rickie Fowler.

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