Royals even World Series with rout of Giants

Thu Oct 23, 2014 3:12am EDT
 
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By Larry Fine

KANSAS CITY Missouri (Reuters) - The upstart Kansas City Royals rediscovered their post-season magic and won a battle of the bullpens in a 7-2 victory on Wednesday that leveled the World Series against the San Francisco Giants.

Billy Butler snapped a 2-2 tie with a run-scoring single in the sixth inning and the Royals added four more before the frame was over to break open a tight game and restore joy to their home fans in Kauffman Stadium.

"We needed to get something going," Butler told reporters after finishing with two hits and two RBIs. "I felt like definitely it was a must-win for us."

"We had a couple big hits and the floodgates opened. It's big to get the series back even going back to their place."

After being thumped 7-1 in the series opener on Tuesday, Kansas City tied the best-of-seven series at 1-1 with Game Three set for Friday in San Francisco.

With the series shifting to the home of the National League champions for the next three games, Wednesday's win was crucial to a Royals team coming off their first loss of the postseason after storming to the World Series with an 8-0 record.

San Francisco, vying for their third World Series title in five years, had it all their way in Game One behind ace left-hander Madison Bumgarner, who stymied a Kansas City franchise competing in their first postseason in 29 years.

The Royals turned it around in Game Two as Kansas City battered the vaunted Giants bullpen, while their own trio of shut-down relievers slammed the door on any comeback hopes.   Continued...

 
San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Madison Bumgarner (front) slides to field a ball hit by Kansas City Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer (35) in the 6th inning during game one of the 2014 World Series at Kauffman Stadium. John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports