Royals force deciding Game Seven with 10-0 rout
By Larry Fine
KANSAS CITY Missouri (Reuters) - The Kansas City Royals got an inspired outing from pitcher Yordano Ventura and woke from their hitting slumber to rout the San Francisco Giants 10-0 and send the World Series to a decisive Game Seven on Tuesday.
After a 162-game regular season and three rounds of postseason, the Major League Baseball championship will come down to one game with the Giants chasing a third title in five years and the Royals looking to end a 29-year drought.
The Royals entered the contest trailing the best-of-seven-series 3-2 and had not scored a run in 15 innings.
But Kansas City batters rediscovered their groove in the second inning of Game Six, exploding for seven runs on eight hits to chase Giants starter Jake Peavy after just 1-1/3 innings and set the stage for a comprehensive rout.
"Guys stepped up in a big way tonight. We felt we just had to get it done, find any way possible to get on base and drive in runs," said Royals outfielder Lorenzo Cain, who contributed a pair of hits and three RBIs to the Kansas cause.
Game Seven is Wednesday in Kansas City.
Before the end of the third inning every member of the Royals starting line up had at least one hit with Mike Moustakas leading the hit parade with a double and a home run.
In contrast, San Francisco bats went quiet with inspired Royals rookie Yordano Ventura pitching seven shutout innings. Continued...