Estrada leads Blue Jays over Royals 7-1 to force ALCS Game 6
ABS-CBN Sports on Oct 22, 2015 09:49 AM
Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Marco Estrada throws against the Kansas City Royals during the eighth inning in Game 5 of baseball's American League Championship Series on Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015, in Toronto. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
TORONTO (AP) — Marco Estrada allowed just one hit into the eighth inning, giving Toronto's tattered bullpen a rest and leading the Blue Jays over the Kansas City Royals 7-1 Wednesday to close to 3-2 in the American League Championship Series.
Troy Tulowitzki broke open the game with a three-run double off Kelvin Herrera in the sixth, giving him seven RBIs in the series. Edwin Encarnacion had walked with the bases loaded against Edinson Volquez, who seemed flustered by close calls against the Royals.
Kansas City had 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 sixth. Closer Roberto Osuna was perfect in the ninth.
"It's the start that we needed," Tulowitzki said of Estrada's effort. "They're a great team over there. We know that. But this guy kept them off balance and allowed the offense to settle in and get some runs."
Toronto forced the series back to Kansas City, where Yordano Ventura will start for the defending AL champions on Friday against David Price, the Game 2 loser.
Estrada, a 32-year-old free-agent to be, enabled his bullpen to rest, a day after Kansas City romped 14-2 in a game that saw infielder Cliff Pennington pitch in the ninth.
"This time around I had a better fastball command," said Estrada, who gave up three runs in the opener. "That was the key to this game."
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.