Blue Jays plate three runs vs. Johnny Cueto to take lead in ALCS Game 3

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UPDATE: The Royals plated one run in the top of the third inning on an Eric Hosmer fielder’s choice, so the Blue Jays lead 3-2 going into the bottom of the third inning.

8:56 p.m. ET: After being shut down in the bottom of the first inning, the Blue Jays got to Johnny Cueto in the bottom of the second inning to take a 3-1 lead in Game 3 of the ALCS at Rogers Centre in Toronto.

Troy Tulowitzki got the rally started with a one-out single. It snapped Cueto’s streak of 24 straight batters without a hit. Russell Martin was then hit in the left elbow by a pitch before Kevin Pillar grounded into a fielder’s choice for an out at second base. Pillar stole second base without a throw before Ryan Goins singled into left field to plate two runs. Pillar got a face-full of dirt on his slide into home plate, which was just ahead of the tag from Salvador Perez.

The Blue Jays weren’t done there, as Ben Revere drew a walk before Josh Donaldson singled to left to drive in the third run of the inning. Cueto managed to get Jose Bautista to fly out to right field to escape further damage.

Cueto has already thrown 50 pitches through his first two innings of work tonight.