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Royals jump out to 2-0 ALCS lead with 6-3 victory over the Blue Jays

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The never-say-die Royals hung a five-spot on the Blue Jays in a laborious bottom of the seventh inning, providing all of the offense they would need to come back and win in Game 2 of the ALCS. The Royals will travel to Toronto to continue the ALCS with a 2-0 lead.

The Blue Jays opened the scoring in the top of the third inning when Ryan Goins brought in a run with a double to left field off of Royals starter Yodano Ventura. The Jays tacked on two more in the sixth on an Edwin Encarnacion RBI single and a Troy Tulowitzki RBI double. Ventura was chased with one out in the sixth, finishing having allowed the three runs on eight hits and two walks with six strikeouts.

Jays starter David Price was dominating over his first six innings. He allowed a single to Alcides Escobar to lead off the bottom of the first, but then retired the next 18 batters he faced to set a Blue Jays post-season record. However, leading off the bottom of the seventh, the Royals benefited from a miscommunication between second baseman Goins and right fielder Jose Bautista, allowing a Ben Zobrist pop-up to land. The Royals would add three more singles and a double to score four runs and chase Price from the game with two outs in the sixth. Reliever Aaron Sanchez allowed another RBI single before completing the frame. Price, over 6 2/3 innings, was on the hook for five runs on six hits and no walks with eight strikeouts.

Royals reliever Kelvin Herrera worked around a one-out Chris Colabello double, recording two strikeouts in a scoreless eighth inning. Moustakas added more insurance with an RBI single to right field in the bottom of the eighth to make it 6-3.

In the ninth, closer Wade Davis allowed a single and a walk to lead off the inning, but he struck out Ben Revere and Josh Donaldson before Jose Bautista flied out to right field to end the game. The Royals are two games away from advancing to the World Series for a second year in a row.

The two clubs will have an off-day on Sunday. The ALCS resumes at 7:00 PM EDT on Monday for Game 3 at the Rogers Centre in Toronto, with Johnny Cueto starting for the Royals against Marcus Stroman for the Blue Jays.

Video: Jorge Soler launches first home run of spring training

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The Royals and Rangers played the first game of spring training today. A few other teams (the Red Sox, Tigers and Twins) played or are currently playing college squads, but Kansas City-Texas is our first matchup of big league teams. Baseball’s back, baby! And you know what baseball means?

Kansas City’s Jorge Soler, who hit 48 homers last year to lead the American League, offered us the year’s first glimpse at recreational baseball murder when he took Kolby Allard out over the left field yard.

Mmm. That’s the good stuff. Here’s to eight and a half months more of that. Bring me the dingers.

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