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Page4D Sunday,October18,2015 E2 DemocratandChronicle. com MLB NEW YORK - Matt H arvey, Daniel Murphy a nd the New York Mets have a mind to make some history of their own, the kind that would break Chicago Cubs hearts one more time. Harvey delivered the big-game performance he’s been pining for, Murphy took his latest star t urn on the October stage a nd the Mets beat the Chic ago Cubs 4-2 Saturday n ight in their NL Championship Series opener. After eliminating rival St. Louis and streaking into New York with 12 wins in 13 games, the power-hitting Cubs and their young sluggers were stopped cold on a chilly night at Citi Field. Trying to end a championship drought that dates to 1908, they remained four wins from winning their first p ennant in seven decades. Game 2 in the best-of- seven set is Sunday night, with Cubs ace Jake Arrieta facing rookie Noah Syn- d ergaard. H arvey pitched into t he eighth for the first time in more than two months, brushing aside all that hoopla last month about his innings limit. Jeurys Familia got four outs for his third playoff save and the Mets jumped ahead in their first NLCS since 2006. N ew York is looking to r each the World Series for t he first time in 15 years, t he longest absence in franchise history but one the Cubs and all their pained, loyal followers would certainly scoff at. The Mets, meanwhile, ended another drought — they went 0-7 against the Cubs during the regular season. Murphy connected off losing pitcher Jon Lester for his fourth homer of the playoffs and made a d iving play at second base for the final out. Travis d’Arnaud homered off the giant, red Mets apple in straightaway center field, a nd Curtis Granderson d rove in two runs. K yle Schwarber was the only one of those rookie boppers who showed off his power for the Cubs, hitting a mammoth homer that chased Harvey with two outs in the eighth and pulled Chicago to 4-2. Murphy finished off the Dodgers in the decid- i ng game of their Division S eries with an all-around o ffensive performance t hat inspired a “Mr. October” nod in a tweet from the New York original, Reggie Jackson. Two nights later, the free-agent-to-be was at it again, getting the Mets off to a rollicking start in their first NLCS since 2006. Murphy, who set a career high this season with 14 homers, launched another one into the second d eck in right field for his fourth of the postseason. By taking Clayton Kershaw (twice), Zack Greinke and Lester deep, the second baseman has tagged $517 million worth of pitchers in these playoffs. By connecting in his t hird consecutive postseason game, he matched aMets record set by Donn Clendenon in 1969, the year he was World Series MVP. Murphy, often criticized for his defensive skills, also made a diving s top with a runner on base for the final out. With that familiar October chill in the New York air, Harvey came out firing 95-96 mph heat on a 48-degree night. He threw 23 of his first 29 pitches for strikes and ret ired his initial 12 batters, six on strikeouts. Harvey, Murphy lead Mets over Cubs MIKE FITZPATRICK ASSOCIATED PRESS AP Mets' Juan Lagares slides safely under the tag of Cubs catcher Miguel Montero during the s eventh inning of Game 1of the National League Championship Series on Saturday. 2015 ALCS 2015 NLCS 2015 ALCS 2015 NLCS POSTSEASON LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES (Best-of-7;x-if necessary) A merican League Friday:Kansas City 5,Toronto 0 Saturday:Kansas City 6,Toronto 3 M onday,Oct.19:Kansas City (Cueto 11-13) at Toronto (Stroman 4-0),8:07 p.m.(FS1) Tuesday,Oct.20:Kansas City at Toronto (Dicke y 11-11),4:07 p.m.(FS1) x-Wednesday,Oct.21:Kansas City at Toronto, 4:07 p.m.(FS1) National League A ll games televised by TBS Saturday:New York 4,Chicago 2 Sunday:Chicago (Arrieta 22-6) at New York, 8 :07 p.m. T uesday,Oct.20:New York at Chicago, 8:07 p.m. W ednesday,Oct.21:New York at Chicago, 8 :07 p.m. Royals 6,Blue Jays 3 TorontoABRHBIBBSOAvg. Revere lf 500002. 000 D onaldson 3b511002.250 Bautista rf 410011. 000 E ncarnacion dh402102.286 Colabello 1b402001.375 Tulowitzki ss 402101. 250 R u.Martin c 300011. 000 P illar cf412000.286 Goins 2b 301101. 333 a -Pennington ph000010--- Totals363103311 Kansas CityABRHBIBBSOAvg. A.Escobar ss401001.429 Zobrist 2b411001.250 L.Cain cf311010.286 Hosmer 1b 321112. 286 K .Morales dh300111.167 Moustakas 3b412200.250 S.Perez c 400001. 143 A .Gordon lf311101.333 Rios rf301101.167 1-Orlando pr-rf 000000- -- Totals3168638 T oronto001002000—3100 Kansas City00000051x—680 a-walked for Goins in the 9th. 1-ran for Rios in the 7th. L OB—Toronto 9,Kansas City 4.2B—Colabello (1),Tulowitzki (1),Pillar (1),Goins (1),A.Gordon ( 2).RBIs—Encarnacion (1),Tulowitzki (1), G oins (1),Hosmer (2),K.Morales (2),Mousta- kas 2 (2),A.Gordon (1),Rios (1).CS—L.Cain (1). R unners left in scoring position—Toronto 5 (Bautista 2,Goins 2,Ru.Martin);Kansas City 1 (S.Perez).RISP—Toronto 3 for 16;Kansas City 5 f or 8. DP—Kansas City 1(A.Escobar,Zobrist). TorontoIPHRERBBSONPERA Price L,0-16 2 ⁄ 3 65508966.75 Aa.Sanchez 2 ⁄ 3 10010150.00 Loup 1 ⁄ 3 11120129.00 Lowe 1 ⁄ 3 0000040.00 Kansas CityIPHRERBBSONPERA Ventura5 1 ⁄ 3 83326975.06 Hochevar 2 ⁄ 3 0000050.00 D.Duffy W, 1-0100001160.00 K.Herrera H, 2110002110.00 W.Davis S, 1-1110012200.00 Inherited runners-scored—Aa.Sanchez 1-1, Loup 1-0,Lowe 2-0,Hochevar 3-0. Umpires—Home,Laz Diaz;First,John Hirschbeck;Second,Hunter Wendelstedt;Third,Dan I assogna;Left,Jeff Nelson;Right,Tony Randazzo. T—3:19.A—40,357 (37,903). Mets 4,Cubs 2 Chicago A B RHB I B B S O A vg. Fowler cf 400001. 000 S chwarber lf 411101. 250 B ryant 3b 300011. 000 R izzo 1b 210010. 000 S t.Castro 2b-ss401100.250 Soler rf401002.250 J.Baez ss301001.333 M.Montero c 101000 1.000 D.Ross c100011.000 a-La Stella ph-2b 200001. 000 L ester p 200002. 000 G rimm p000000--- b-Coghlan ph100000.000 Richard p000000--- Cahill p 000000- -- Totals31252310 New YorkABRHBIBBSOAvg. Granderson rf301200.333 D.Wright 3b300011.000 Dan.Murphy 2b 411101. 250 C espedes lf400002.000 T.d’Arnaud c412101.500 Cuddyer 1b301001.333 Duda 1b 000000- -- W.Flores ss301000.333 Lagares cf322000.667 Harvey p 200000. 000 F amilia p 000000- -- Totals2948416 Chicago000010010—250 New York10001110x—481 a-struck out for D.Ross in the 7th.b-flied out for G rimm in the 8th. E —T.d’Arnaud (1).LOB—Chicago 6,New York 4.2B—St.Castro (1).HR—Schwarber (1),off H arvey;Dan.Murphy (1),off Lester;T.d’Arnaud ( 1),off Lester.RBIs—Schwarber (1),St.Castro (1),Granderson 2 (2),Dan.Murphy (1),T.d’Ar- n aud (1).SB—J.Baez (1),D.Wright (1),Lagares ( 1).S—Harvey.SF—Granderson. Runners left in scoring position—Chicago 2 ( Lester,La Stella);New York 2 (T.d’Arnaud, D .Wright).RISP—Chicago 1for 5;New York 1 f or 6. DP—Chicago 1(J.Baez,Rizzo). ChicagoIPHRERBBSONPERA Lester L,0-16 2 ⁄ 3 844151075.40 Grimm 1 ⁄ 3 0000060.00 Richard 1 ⁄ 3 0000010.00 Cahill 2 ⁄ 3 0000190.00 New YorkIPHRERBBSONPERA Harvey W,1-07 2 ⁄ 3 42229972.35 Familia S, 1-1 1 1 ⁄ 3 1001121 0 .00 IBB—off Harvey (D.Ross).HBP—by Harvey (Rizzo). Umpires—Home,Rob Drake;First,Tim Timmons;Second,Ted Barrett;Third,Paul Emmel; Left,Eric Cooper;Right,Bill Miller.T—2:55. A —44,287 (41,922). KANSAS CITY, Mo. - T he Kansas City Royals kept waiting for Blue J ays ace David Price to give them some hope. It turned out to be Tor onto’s leaky defense that provided it. After managing one h it over six innings, Ben Zobrist’s easy fly that s omehow fell for a hit began a five-run rally against Price in the seventh inning Saturday. The Royals rolled the rest of the way to a 6-3 victory over Toronto and a 2-0 l ead in the AL Championship Series. “We needed to catch a break,” the Royals’ Alex Gordon said, “and Zobrist’s ball was it.” Luke Hochevar wiggled out of a jam to keep Kansas City in the game, and Danny Duffy and Kelvin Herrera got the ball to closer Wade Davis, w ho had to survive a shaky ninth to preserve t he win. Davis gave up a leadoff single and walked p inch-hitter Cliff Penn ington, but bounced back to strike out leadoff m an Ben Revere and M VP candidate Josh Dona ldson. Jose Bautista then flied out to right to give Davis his third postsea- s on save and the Royals another postseason come- b ack win. “Our guys never quit,” Royals manager Ned Yost s aid. “They keep going.” Even though they looked foolish flailing at P rice’s pitches — until the lazy fly ball by Zobrist c hanged everything. They proceeded to string together four singles and adouble in their go-ahead inning, getting run-producing hits from Gordon, Eric Hosmer, Mike Moust akas and Alex Rios, along with an RBI groun- dout from Kendrys Morales. It was a monumental collapse for Price, who had at one point recorded 18 straight outs. He fell to 0-7 in seven postseason starts, including a loss to Texas in their AL Division Series. “ I gave up hits at the wrong time,” he said. “I f elt good. It’s a very scrappy team. They put the ball in play. They con- t inued to battle. It’s just a t ough loss.” Meanwhile, the reign- i ng AL champs have won n ine straight ALCS g ames dating to their memorable seven-game series against Toronto in 1 985 — the year they won their only World Series. T he record is 10 straight wins set by Baltimore in the 1960s and ‘70s. N ow, the Blue Jays head home for Game 3 on Monday night in dire t rouble. All but three of the previous 25 teams to t ake a 2-0 lead in the best- of-seven era have won the series — though Toronto did rally from the same hole to beat the Rangers in five games in the division round. “ We’ve been here before,” shortstop Troy Tu- lowitzki said, “but it’s not aplace we want to be.” For most of the afternoon, it appeared the Blue Jays would forge a 1-1tie. Ryan Goins drove in a run off Ventura in the third, snapping an 18-inning scoreless streak by Royals pitchers. Edwin E ncarnacion and Troy Tu- lowitzki added to the lead i n the sixth. The way Price was carving up the lineup, a 3 -0 advantage looked to b e enough. The only bad pitch he t hrew the first six innings w as his first, which Alc ides Escobar swatted for aleadoff single. Price threw first-pitch strikes t o 12 of 14 batters at one point, and struck out the s ide in the sixth inning, giving no indication he was about to implode. “ We just needed to catch a break,” Mousta- kas said. “Price was t hrowing the ball unbelievable. We got the early h it and he was kind of cruising. We just needed to find a way to get a runner on base so we could do what we can, keep the line moving.” The mistake came w hen Zobrist sent a popup to shallow right field to start the seventh, and Goins gave chase from second base and Bautista from right field. Both wound up letting it drop for a single, and for the first time all game, a sellout crowd at Kauffman Stadium began to stir. “I put my glove up and p retty much was saying, ‘I’m going to make this p lay,’ and then I didn’t make the play,” Goins said, “so it’s on me.” L orenzo Cain followed w ith a clean single to extend his postseason hit s treak to 11games, m atching a franchise rec- o rd. Hosmer’s single got the Royals on the board, and Morales added an R BI groundout up the middle, before Mousta- k as came up. In a 2-for-25 slump and without an RBI this postseason, he pulled a tying double to right field to set the crowd of 40,357 into a frenzy. G ordon’s double gave Kansas City the lead. Rios a dded another single off reliever Aaron Sanchez to close the book on Price, who was dinged for all five runs in one disastrous inning. The last time he all owed five runs in an inning was May 8. The opponent: Kansas City. The Royals tacked on another run off the Toronto relief corps in the eighth, but it was hardly necessary. Kansas City’s own shutdown bullpen made certain the lead would stand up. “You got to get a win u nder your belt,” Blue Jays manager John Gibb ons said. “It won’t be easy, no doubt about that. But you get one win out of t he way it can turn things a round in a hurry.” AP Kansas City Royals' Mike Moustakas hits a RBI single against the Tornoto Blue Jays during the eighth inning on Saturday. The Royals won, 6-3. Little hit, big win as Royals take 2-0 lead DAVE SKRETTA ASSOCIATED PRESS

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