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DemocratandChronicle .com Thursday,October22,2015 Page3D MLB 235Pittsford-PalmyraRoad Rt.31,NexttoLowe’s•Macedon 315.986.7415 HeritageFireplace.net HeritageFireplace &StoveShoppe OPEN: Mon,Wed,Fri10-5, Tues10-6,Thurs10–7,Sat10-4 ORCALLFORAPPOINTMENT. THECOLDWEATHERISCOMING... staywarm THISWINTER $ 100$ 500 OFF ONSELECTMODELS WOODSTOVES, WOODINSERTS, GASFIREPLACES& GASINSERTS Withthiscoupon. Notvalidwithotheror priorpurchases.Expires 11/26/15. TORONTO - Marco Estrada came up with a superb start in the most important outing of his career, stopping the Royals’ hit parade and helping the Toronto Blue Jays send the AL Championship Series back to Kansas City. E strada pitched one- h it ball into the eighth inn ing, giving Toronto’s t attered bullpen a rest, and the Blue Jays beat the Royals 7-1Wednes- day to close to 3-2 in the best-of-seven matchup. “It’s the start that we needed,” Troy Tulowitz- ki said. “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.” T ulowitzki provided three of those runs. He broke open with a bases- clearing double off Kelvin Herrera in the sixth, giving him seven RBIs in the series. Edwin Encarnacion had walked with the bases loaded a gainst Edinson Vol- quez, who seemed flus- t ered by close calls against the Royals. Kansas City had 30 hits in the first two g ames in Toronto, but Estrada faced the minimum 20 batters before Lorenzo Cain walked with two outs in the sev- e nth. Closer Roberto O suna was perfect in the ninth. Yordano Ventura will start for the defending AL champions on Friday i n Game 6 against David P rice, the Game 2 loser. Estrada, a 32-year-old free-agent to be, enabled his bullpen to rest, a day after Kansas City r omped 14-2 in a game t hat saw infielder Cliff Pennington pitch in the ninth. “This time around I had a better fastball command,” said Estrada, who g ave up three runs in the opener. “That was the key to this game.” Toronto is trying to be- c ome just the 13th team to rally and win among 80 who trailed 3-1in best-of- seven postseason series. It has happened four of 17 t imes in the LCS, includ- i ng when the Royals bounced back against the Blue Jays in 1985 en route to Kansas City’s only World Series title. In this y ear’s best-of-five Divis ion Series, Toronto fell behind 0-2, then won three straight against Texas. Before 49,325 roaring fans, Chris Colabello’s sol o homer into the left-field s eats in the second gave Estrada a lead. It was the only mistake by Volquez, the Game 1winner,. E strada didn’t make a miscue until Salvador Per ez homered with two outs in the eighth. Estrada retired his first nine batters, ending at four Escobar’s r ecord streak of leading off playoff games with hits. Escobar, who entered 9 for 15 (.600), got Kansas C ity’s first hit when he o pened the fourth with a ground single past a diving Tulowitzki at shortstop. Zobrist promptly g rounded into a double p lay to second baseman Ryan Goins. “He was really good today,” Escobar said. “He threw the ball down, down a nd away, down and in. He d idn’t miss many pitches today.” Kansas City had no other runners until Cain w alked with two outs in the seventh. Price was up i n the bullpen, but Estrada got Eric Hosmer to fly out. Volquez allowed just two singles after Colabell o connected but lost the strike zone in the sixth. Ben Revere led off with a walk and Volquez hit Josh Donaldson with t he first pitch. In August, V olquez hit Donaldson in a testy game that included a benches-clearing scrum. He then walked Jose Bautista in a 10-pitch at- b at on a knuckle curve t hat looked to get a piece of the plate. “I thought the pitch to Bautista was definitely a strike,” Royals manager N ed Yost said. Y ost shouted from the dugout for Perez to appeal to first base on ball four, thinking Bautista may h ave swung. But it was too loud in the closed-roof sta- d ium for Perez to hear. “We were trying to get their attention to get him to appeal it,” Yost said. “I d on’t know if he was arguing the pitch, I don’t know what he was talking about.” Encarnacion walked on a nother pitch that upset V olquez and Yost. Volquez turned his back to plate umpire Dan Iassogna as Revere jogged home for a 2-0 lead. It was his last bat- t er. H errera relieved and struck out Colabello. With the crowd chanting “Tulo! Tu-lo!” Tulowitzki sent adrive to the center-field w all, sending fans into a t owel-waving frenzy. Blue Jays force Game 6 HOWIE RUMBERG ASSOCIATED PRESS DAN HAMILTON/USA TODAY SPORTS Blue Jays center fielder Kevin Pillar slides into third base as Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas makes the tag during the eighth inning in Game 5 of the AL Championship Series, a 7-1win for Toronto at Rogers Centre. POSTSEASON LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES (Best-of-7;x-if necessary) American League All games televised by FS1 Kansas City 3,Toronto 2 Friday,Oct.16:Kansas City 5,Toronto 0 S aturday,Oct.17:Kansas City 6,Toronto 3 Monday:Toronto 11,Kansas City 8 Tuesday:Kansas City 14,Toronto 2 W ednesday:Toronto 7,Kansas City 1 Friday:Toronto at Kansas City,8:07 p.m. x-Saturday:Toronto at Kansas City,8:07 p .m. National League A ll games televised by TBS New York 3,Chicago 0 Saturday,Oct.17:New York 4,Chicago 2 Sunday,Oct.18:New York 4,Chicago 1 Tuesday:New York 5,Chicago 2 Wednesday:New York at Chicago,late x -Thursday:New York at Chicago, 8:07 p.m. x-Saturday:Chicago at New York, 4:07 x -Sunday:Chicago at New York, 8:07 p .m. Box Score Blue Jays 7,Royals 1 Kansas CityABRHBIBBSOAvg. A.Escobar ss401000.526 Zobrist 2b 400001. 318 L .Cain cf300011.294 Hosmer 1b400000.250 K.Morales dh300001.278 Moustakas 3b 300001. 150 S .Perez c311100.167 A.Gordon lf301001.313 Rios rf301000.313 Totals3014115 TorontoABRHBIBBSOAvg. Revere lf310011.158 Donaldson 3b321001.333 Bautista rf312110.267 Encarnacion dh 310111. 211 C olabello 1b411102.211 Smoak 1b000000.000 Tulowitzki ss 412300. 368 D .Navarro c300013.000 Pillar cf402101.263 Goins 2b 300001. 313 Totals30787410 Kansas City000000010—140 Toronto01000411x—780 LOB—Kansas City 3,Toronto 4.2B—Donald- son (2),Bautista (1),Tulowitzki (2),Pillar (3). H R—S.Perez (2),off Estrada;Colabello (1),off V olquez.RBIs—S.Perez (2),Bautista (3),Encarnacion (2),Colabello (1),Tulowitzki 3 (7), P illar (2). R unners left in scoring position—Kansas City 1(A.Escobar);Toronto 2 (Pillar,Encarnacion). R ISP—Kansas City 0 for 1;Toronto 2 for 6. GIDP—Zobrist,Colabello. D P—Kansas City 1(Zobrist,A.Escobar,Hosm- e r);Toronto 1(Goins,Tulowitzki,Colabello). Kansas CityIPHRERBBSONPERA Volquez L, 1-1535542884.09 K.Herrera 1100031 3 0 .00 D .Duffy242205326.00 TorontoIPHRERBBSONPERA Estrada W, 1-17 2 ⁄ 3 311151082.77 Aa.Sanchez 1 ⁄ 3 1000080.00 Osuna10000055.40 Volquez pitched to 4 batters in the 6th. Inherited runners-scored—K.Herrera 3-3,Aa. Sanchez 1-0.HBP—by Volquez (Donaldson). U mpires—Home,Dan Iassogna;First, Jeff Nelson;Second,Jim Reynolds;Third,Laz Diaz;Left, J ohn Hirschbeck;Right,Hunter Wendelstedt. T —2:56.A—49,325 (49,282). This Date In Baseball Oct.22 1910 — After three straight defeats and trailing Philadelphia 3-2 in the ninth,the Chicago Cubs tied the score and then won 4-3 in 10 inn ings for their only victory as the A’s won the World Series in five games. 1972 — The Oakland A’s won their first World S eries with a 3-2 victory over the Cincinnati Reds in Game 7.It was the first championship s ince 1930 for the franchise,then located in Philadelphia. 1 975 — A ninth-inning RBI single by Joe Morg an gave the Cincinnati Reds a 4-3 victory over the Boston Red Sox and the World Series title in s even games.It was the first title for the Reds in 3 5 years. 1986 — Gary Carter’s two home runs at Fen- w ay Park gave New York a 6-2 victory and p ulled the Mets even with Boston Red Sox in the World Series after four games. 1 987 — The St.Louis Cardinals won their third straight home game to take a 3-2 lead in t he World Series with a 4-2 victory against the Minnesota Twins. 2000 — In their first matchup since Roger Clemens beaned Mike Piazza in July,Clemens came close to hitting Piazza again — this time with the jagged barrel of a broken bat. Piazza fouled a grounder off a letter-high inside pitch and his bat shattered,with the largest chunk — the barrel head — going back to the mound.Clemens picked up the splintered wood and threw it angrily in front of Piazza as h e ran toward first,missing the Mets’ star by about 2 feet.Clemens then pitched the best W orld Series game of his career with a two- h it,nine-strikeout shutout before leaving after eight innings in the Yankees’ nervous 6-5 v ictory. 2 003 — Alex Gonzalez led off the bottom of the 12th with a solo homer,lifting Florida to a 4 -3 victory over the New York Yankees in G ame 5 of the World Series.The loss to Florida snapped the Yankees’ winning streak in e xtra-inning World Series games at seven. O nly one World Series game has ever gone longer,Boston’s 14-inning win over Brooklyn in 1916. 2 009 — The Los Angeles Angels responded t o the Yankees’ six-run comeback with a three-run rally of their own in the seventh inn ing for a 7-6 victory.The inning lasted 45 m inutes and trimmed the New York’s ALCS lead to 3-2. 2 010 — Texas clinched its first pennant with a 6-1victory over the defending World Series champion New York Yankees in Game 6 of t he AL Championship Series.Colby Lewis d ominated over eight innings for his second win of the series and Josh Hamilton earned t he ALCS MVP award. 2011— Albert Pujols hit three home runs to tie the World Series record,getting five hits and six RBIs as the St.Louis Cardinals romped past the Texas Rangers 16-7 for a 2-1edge. Pujols,who was 0 for 6 in the first two games, became the third player to hit three homers in aSeries game.He joined Babe Ruth (1926, 1928) and Reggie Jackson (1977).His six RBIs tied the record in a game,matching Bobby Richardson in 1960 and Hideki Matsui in 2 009.Pujols also matched the Series mark for hits in a game set by Paul Molitor in 1982. 2 012 — Hunter Pence hit a bizarre,two-run d ouble,Matt Cain pitched his second clincher of October and the San Francisco Giants beat t he defending World Series champion St.Lou- i s Cardinals 9-0 in Game 7 of the NL championship series.Series MVP Marco Scutaro prod uced his sixth multihit game of the series a nd matched an LCS record with 14 hits.The Giants won its record-tying sixth elimination g ame of the postseason,completing a lopsid- e d rally from a 3-1deficit.On Pence’s double that highlighted a five-run third,his bat broke at the label on impact,then the broken barrel h it the ball twice more. T oday’s birthdays:Drew VerHagen,25;Dar- ren O’Day,33;Robinson Cano,33;Carlos Torr es,33;Ichiro Suzuki,42. MLB PLAYOFFS And the Mets unleashed the remarkable Murphy on the world again. The result put the Mets at the doorstep of t heir first trip to the W orld Series since 2000. T he last time they won it was 1986. “That’s what we have going on right now,’’ reliever Tyler Clippard said of the team-wide effort after throwing a scoreless eighth. “Everybody’s contributing and doing the little t hings right, getting t hose little runs you n eed to win postseason g ames. Right now the momentum is on our side. We have to keep it that way heading into tomorrow.’’ The go-ahead run in the sixth scored on one of those plays that seem to suggest the Mets have karma, momentum and good fortune all going for them. With two outs and Yoenis Cespedes at third i n a 2-2 game, reliever Trevor Cahill kept throwing Michael Conforto curveballs in the dirt trying to get him to chase for strike three. Conforto finally did, but the ball bounced away for a wild pitch, allowing C espedes to score and Conforto to reach base. I t was the second time in postseason history the go-ahead run scored on a strikeout. “ I blocked like three before that,’’ Cubs catcher Miguel Montero said. “It was a tough one. It really hurts. I’ve b locked pitches like that m any times and I didn’t block that. It really hurts because it was strike three.’’ The Mets had scored t heir first two runs on a d ouble by Cespedes, who has now hit safely in 15 of his 18 career playoff games, and of course, ahome run by Murphy, w ho put them ahead 2-1 i n the fourth. They scored two insurance runs in the seventh with help from third baseman Kris Bryant’s inability to t hrow Murphy out on a slow chopper that went for a single. The second baseman became the second player in postseason history t o homer in five consecutive games. Carlos Beltran first did it with the Houston Astros in 2004. M urphy’s six home runs altogether this postseason, four coming off Cy Y oung Award-caliber pitchers, set a Mets record. “I wish I could explain it; I would have done it like six years ago,’’ said Murphy, who h it a career-high 14 home rs in the regular season. “This is just a lot of fun right now. Again, l ike I said, in between David (Wright) and Yoe- nis Cespedes right now I t hink is the best place to be (in the lineup).’’ The Cubs nicked de- G rom for solo homers in the first and fourth, the s econd tying the game 2-2. But much like he did in Game 5 of the Division S eries, deGrom battled through a tough first inning, when he threw 29 p itches, then found the command of his fastball t hat eluded him early on. Once the heater started working, he became untouchable, retiring hid final 11batters through seven innings. Clippard and closer Jeurys Fami lia took care of the rest. DeGrom is the first Mets pitcher ever to win his first three postseason starts, and all have been on the road. But in a stunning indication of how overwhelming New York’s pitching has been –and what may await the American League entry in the World Series – his s even innings of two-run ball rank as the team’s t hird-best start in this series based on ERA. Chicago has scored a tot al of five runs. Mets Continued from Page 1D 2015 ALCS 2015 NLCS

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