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Royals fight back with five-run seventh to take the lead in ALCS Game 2

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The Royals finally got to Blue Jays starter David Price, rallying for five runs in the bottom of the seventh inning of Game 2 of the ALCS to take a 5-3 lead. The inning started with a miscommunication between right fielder Jose Bautista and second baseman Ryan Goins, allowing a Ben Zobrist pop-up to fall in for a hit to start the frame.

Lorenzo Cain then singled, and Eric Hosmer followed up with a single of his own to bring in Zobrist. Kendrys Morales plated Cain with a ground out for run number two. Mike Moustakas brought in the tying run with a single to right field, scoring Hosmer. Salvador Perez struck out, but Alex Gordon pushed across the go-ahead run with a line drive double to right-center, chasing Price from the game in the process. Reliever Aaron Sanchez allowed an RBI single up the middle to Alex Rios before getting Alcides Escobar to ground out to shortstop, ending the inning at long last.

Price entered the inning having retired 18 batters in a row — a Blue Jays record — going all the way back to the first batter of the game. His final line: 6.2 IP, 5 ER, 6 H, 0 BB, 8 K on 96 pitches.

The Royals’ bullpen will need to keep the Jays off the board for two more innings if they want to take a 2-0 series lead.

Ex-Angels employee charged in overdose death of Tyler Skaggs

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FORT WORTH, Texas — A former Angels employee has been charged with conspiracy to distribute fentanyl in connection with last year’s overdose death of Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs, prosecutors in Texas announced Friday.

Eric Prescott Kay was arrested in Fort Worth, Texas, and made his first appearance Friday in federal court, according to Erin Nealy Cox, the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas. Kay was communications director for the Angels.

Skaggs was found dead in his hotel room in the Dallas area July 1, 2019, before the start of what was supposed to be a four-game series against the Texas Rangers. The first game was postponed before the teams played the final three games.

Skaggs died after choking on his vomit with a toxic mix of alcohol and the powerful painkillers fentanyl and oxycodone in his system, a coroner’s report said. Prosecutors accused Kay of providing the fentanyl to Skaggs and others, who were not named.

“Tyler Skaggs’s overdose – coming, as it did, in the midst of an ascendant baseball career – should be a wake-up call: No one is immune from this deadly drug, whether sold as a powder or hidden inside an innocuous-looking tablet,” Nealy Cox said.

If convicted, Kay faces up to 20 years in prison. Federal court records do not list an attorney representing him, and an attorney who previously spoke on his behalf did not immediately return a message seeking comment.