Royals stun Blue Jays to grab 2-0 series lead
(Reuters) - The Kansas City Royals saw their chance and took it, exploding for five runs in the seventh inning to steal a 6-3 win over the stunned Toronto Blue Jays on Saturday and seize a commanding 2-0 lead in the American League Championship Series.
The best-of-seven series shifts to Toronto for Game Three on Monday, with the Blue Jays desperate for a victory.
It is familiar territory for Toronto, which lost the opening two games of the AL Division Series to the Texas Rangers before coming back to sweep the next three and advance to the next round.
"You don't like to get in the habit of doing it, that's for sure," said Toronto manager John Gibbons. "Our back is against the wall, but it will be good to go back home where we normally play well.
"We feel good. It's a lot tougher from here. But we have a pretty good team, too."
Leading 3-0 and with ace David Price on cruise control having retired 18 consecutive batters, Toronto looked poised to level the series until a Kansas City barrage of seventh inning singles during which Eric Hosmer, Mike Moustakas, Alex Gordon, Alex Rios and Kendrys Morales, on a fielder's choice, all drove in runs.
The inning began on an ominous note when Kansas City second baseman Ben Zobrist floated a soft pop fly into shallow right that left Ryan Goins and Jose Bautista staring at each other to make the easy catch as the ball fell fair.
With the two players running to make the catch Goins put up his glove appearing to call off Bautista but then stopped and dropped to the turf as the ball hit the ground between them.
Kansas City left fielder Gordon considered the mix-up the turning point of the game. Continued...