Jays beat Royals to stave of postseason elimination

Wed Oct 21, 2015 7:43pm EDT
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By Steve Keating

TORONTO (Reuters) - The Toronto Blue Jays got a pitching masterpiece from Marco Estrada in a one-sided 7-1 win on Wednesday to keep their season alive and put the Kansas City Royals' hopes of securing a World Series berth on hold.

Estrada allowed three hits and one run in 7-2/3 innings and faced the minimum 18 batters through six innings as Toronto pulled to within 3-2 in the best-of-seven American League Championship Series.

Chris Colabello gave Toronto the early lead with a second inning solo home run and Troy Tulowitzki broke the game open in the sixth when he lined a three-run double to centre to give the Blue Jays a 5-0 lead.

The Royals will get another chance to clinch their second consecutive trip to the World Series when the series resumes in Kansas City on Friday.

(This version of the story corrects number of retired batters in second paragraph)

(Editing by Frank Pingue)

Oct 21, 2015; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Marco Estrada (25) reacts after leaving the game during the eighth inning against the Kansas City Royals in game five of the ALCS at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports