Friday wasn’t an easy night for Royals closer Wade Davis. He had to clean up a mess left by Ryan Madson in the eighth inning, as Madson served up a game-tying two-run home run to Jose Bautista then walked Edwin Encarnacion before exiting. Davis got Chris Colabello to pop up, then struck out Troy Tulowitzki to escape the inning.
The rain began to fall at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, sending the game into a rain delay lasting approximately 45 minutes. Manager Ned Yost sent his closer back out after the Royals took a 4-3 lead in the bottom of the eighth. Davis allowed a leadoff single to Russell Martin. Pinch-runner Dalton Pompey then stole second and third base ahead of a Kevin Pillar walk. Davis struck out pinch-hitter Dioner Navarro, though Pillar stole second in the process. He fanned Ben Revere, then induced a game-ending ground out to third base from American League MVP Award candidate Josh Donaldson to send the Royals back to the World Series.