Blue Jays bats come to life to beat Royals

Tue Oct 20, 2015 12:58am EDT
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By Steve Keating

TORONTO (Reuters) - The Toronto Blue Jays blasted their way back into the American League championship Series with an 11-8 win over the Kansas City Royals on Monday, the home side delivering a landslide victory on election day in Canada.

Trailing 2-0 after losses in Kansas City, the Blue Jays returned to the Roger Centre's hitter-friendly confines and got a three-run blast from Troy Tulowitzki and a two-run shot from Josh Donaldson in a six-run third inning to open a 9-2 lead.

Ryan Goins added a solo homer in the fifth for the Blue Jays, who will host Game Four of the best-of-seven series on Tuesday.

"That's really what we are all about (hitting)," Blue Jays manager John Gibbons told reporters. "We desperately needed that breakout.

"The home run ball, which we are known for, was a huge part of the game."

With the country's attention divided between electing a new prime minister and the baseball playoffs, the Blue Jays stepped out into a raucous arena knowing full well the task that awaited them if they were to fall further behind.

Only once in Major League history has a team, the 2004 Boston Red Sox, clawed their way out of 0-3 hole .

The situation, however, was not completely unfamiliar for the Blue Jays, who dropped the opening two games of the best-of-five AL Division Series to the Texas Rangers before storming back to sweep the next three, but it was a high wire act that Toronto and their fans were not eager to walk.   Continued...

Oct 19, 2015; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; The Toronto Blue Jays celebrate after defeating the Kansas City Royals in game three of the ALCS at Rogers Centre. Toronto won 11-8.  Mandatory Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports