Once again, the KC Royals mounted a late inning comeback, this time to take a 2-0 American League Championship Series lead. The series now heads to Toronto beginning Monday night.
Despite Toronto starter David Price cruising into the seventh with a low pitch count and the Blue Jays leading 3-0, the Royals started chipping away. The Royals collected just one hit against Price heading into the seventh, a first pitch double by leadoff hitter Alcides Escobar in the first.
Price retired 18 in a row before Ben Zobrist led off the 7th inning with a single that dropped into short right field (and there has been controversy on Toronto’s side). Lorenzo Cain singled and Eric Hosmer followed with an RBI single to cut the deficit to 3-1. After a coaching visit, Kendrys Morales had a productive out with an RBI ground out.
Mike Moustakas followed with an RBI single just over the leaping Ryan Goins at second base. That tied the game at 3-3. After Price recorded his eighth strikeout for the first out, Alex Gordon broke the tie with an RBI double.
That was all for Price (throwing 30 pitches in the inning) and in came Aaron Sanchez, who allowed an RBI single to Alex Rios (the first batter he faced). The Royals tacked on an insurance run in the eighth.
While Royals starter Yordano Ventura didn’t pitch bad, he wasn’t great either. He had many Blue Jays hitters in an 0-2 hole, yet couldn’t put them away. Ventura struck out six over 5.1 innings.
Ventura was pulled in the sixth after allowing two runs. The bases were loaded with one out when Luke Hochevar entered in relief. He got Kevin Pillar to pop up on the infield and Goins grounded out to end the inning. Hochevar only threw five pitches (all strikes).
In the seventh, Danny Duffy pitched a perfect inning, throwing 16 pitches.
Kelvin Herrera worked around a one out double in the eighth before handing the ball over to closer Wade Davis in the ninth. There were two on and nobody out, but Davis bared down to close out the game unscathed. He struck out Ben Revere and Josh Donaldson, before getting Jose Bautista to fly out to end the game.
Heading to the Rogers Centre, the Royals have Johnny Cueto getting the start in Game 3 against the Blue Jays Marcus Stroman.