Springer hits 2 HRs, Astros beat A’s 5-2 for 2-0 ALDS lead

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Houston Astros' George Springer, right, watches his two-run home run off of Oakland Athletics pitcher Sean Manaea, left, during the third inning of Game 2 of a baseball American League Division Series in Los Angeles, Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

By BETH HARRIS

LOS ANGELES (AP) — George Springer hit two homers and the Houston Astros kept making more noise in the playoffs, beating the Oakland Athletics 5-2 to take a 2-0 lead in their AL Division Series. Martin Maldonado also went deep for Houston, which needs one win to reach its fourth straight AL Championship Series. Game 3 in the best-of-five series is Wednesday, when Houston is the home team in the neutral site matchup. Springer put Houston ahead to stay with a two-run, two-out drive in the third on a second straight 90-degree day at Dodger Stadium.