Toronto Blue Jays Push Kansas City Royals to Game 6 in ALCS
TORONTO (AP) -- Marco Estrada took the mound with one task: save the season for the Toronto Blue Jays.
He did it, pitching one-hit ball into the eighth inning to give Toronto's tattered bullpen a rest, and the Blue Jays beat the Kansas City Royals 7-1 Wednesday to close to 3-2 in the best-of-sevenTor.
Kansas City totaled 22 runs and 30 hits in the first two games in Toronto, but Estrada faced the minimum 20 batters before Lorenzo Cain walked with two outs in the seventh. Closer Roberto Osuna was perfect in the ninth.
Toronto is trying to become just the 13th team to rally and win among 80 who trailed 3-1 in best-of-seven postseason series. It has happened four of 17 times in the LCS, including when the Royals bounced back against the Blue Jays in 1985 en route to Kansas City's only World Series title.
Yordano Ventura will start for the defending AL champions on Friday in Game 6 against David Price, the Game 2 loser.