Blue Jays stay alive with dominant win over Royals

Wed Oct 21, 2015 8:34pm 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.

"Today he was absolutely dynamite," Royals managers Ned Yost said of Estrada. "He didn't miss spots. His change-up was fantastic, he just didn't give us anything to hit."

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.

"We knew it was going to be a tough series," Yost told reporters. "After winning the first two games, in reality your goal is to come to Toronto, kind of a foreign environment, and at least win one.

"Then you get to go home and win one there and the series is over. Now we're going back to a place where we are completely comfortable. That's why home field advantage was so important to us."

Despite a momentum-building win the Blue Jays still face a daunting challenge. Only 12 of 79 MLB teams to trail a League Championship Series or World Series have rallied back to win the best-of-seven battle.   Continued...

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