Royals top Orioles in ninth for 2-0 series lead

Sat Oct 11, 2014 9:44pm EDT
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BALTIMORE (Reuters) - The underdog Kansas City Royals took a commanding 2-0 lead in the American League Championship Series when they scored two runs in the ninth inning for a 6-4 win over the Baltimore Orioles on Saturday.

The Royals have set a postseason record with four extra-inning victories but did not wait past the ninth on Saturday as they snapped a 4-4 tie with an RBI-double by Alcides Escobar and an RBI-single by Lorenzo Cain off closer Zach Britton.

Cain once again stood out for the Royals, going 4-for-5 with two runs scored and an RBI as well as making another pair of brilliant catches.

"He had a great day today, four hits, and made some great plays in the outfield," Royals manager Ned Yost told reporters. "The country is seeing a very exciting player in Lorenzo Cain."

Kansas City, a wild card team appearing in the postseason for the first time in 29 years, remained unbeaten in the playoffs and took control of the best-of-seven series to determine the American League team in the World Series.

"Everything's going good right now but we've got to keep it going," said Cain.

The series shifts to Kansas City for Game Three on Monday, with Game Four and Game Five, if needed, also to be played at Kauffman Stadium.

"I think we came into this series the underdog," Yost said. "I don't think they mind being underdogs because they have a lot of confidence in their abilities.

"They are playing their best baseball of the year right now and it's sure the best time to play it."   Continued...

Oct 11, 2014; Baltimore, MD, USA; Kansas City Royals center fielder Lorenzo Cain (6) hits a single that scores a run in the ninth inning against the Baltimore Orioles in game two of the 2014 ALCS playoff at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: H. Darr Beiser-USA TODAY Sports