The Kansas City Royals took a five-run seventh inning to their advantage to help them win Game 2 of the American League Championship Series, 6-3, over the Toronto Blue Jays. With Saturday's win, the Royals hold a two game series lead over the Blue Jays.
David Price was dominant for the Blue Jays in Game 2, but he gave up five runs in the seventh inning to put Toronto in a huge hole against Kansas City.
The left-handed starter finished 6.2 innings of baseball and gave up five runs on six hits. The ace struck out eight on 96 pitches in the loss.
The Blue Jays owned a 3-0 lead heading into the seventh inning. Ryan Goins hit an RBI double in the third to get the scoring started.
Later in the sixth inning, designated hitter Edwin Encarnacion, who was probable to play, singled in Josh Donaldson and then Troy Tulowitzki double to deep right center, which scored Jose Bautista.
Yordano Ventura, the starting pitcher for the Royals, was pulled after 5.1 innings of work. The flamethrower gave up three runs on eight hits and two walks, while striking out just six hitters.
The five-run seventh inning started with Lorenzo Cain, who reached base and later scored on a single by Eric Hosmer. After a groundout scored Cain to make it a one run deficit for Kansas City, Mike Moustakas knocked an RBI single to make it a tie ball game.
Hosmer finished 1-for-3 with a walk, RBI and two runs scored for the Royals. Cain added a hit, walk and run scored in the victory.
While still in the seventh inning, Alex Gordon double to deep right center to score "Moose" and take a 4-3 lead against Toronto.
Price was pulled from action after he gave up a single to Alex Rios, which put the Blue Jays in a two-run hole going towards the eighth inning. The 30-year-old was replaced by 23-year-old Aaron Sanchez, who recorded the final out of the seventh and the first out of the eighth inning.
After recording the first out of the eighth, Sanchez gave way to Aaron Loup. The ninth round pick in the 2009 MLB Draft gave up two walks and a hit, including a single Moustakas that drove in Hosmer before getting taken out of the game.
Right-handed pitcher Mark Lowe recorded the final out of the eighth inning after the Blue Jays fell off the tracks.
The Royals bullpen of Luke Hochevar, Danny Duffy, Kelvin Herrera and Wade Davis tossed 3.2 scoreless innings of baseball. The relief corps were capped off by Davis, who notched the save after throwing a 20 pitch ninth inning. Meanwhile, Duffy earned the victory in front of the crowd of 40,357 people.
After two games at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri, the Royals and Blue Jays will head to the Rogers Centre in Toronto, Canada to continue the ALCS. The Royals are sending Johnny Cueto to the slab. He will be opposed by Marcus Stroman of the Blue Jays.