leads Royals to 11th inning win over Angels
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[October 03, 2014]
ANAHEIM, California (Reuters) - Mike
Moustakas delivered the game-winning home run in the top of the 11th
inning as the Kansas City Royals rallied to another extra-inning win,
edging the Los Angeles Angels 3-2 in the playoff series opener on
After scratching to their first post-season in 29 years, the
Royals grabbed the advantage on the favored Angels in the
best-of-five American League divisional series.
The triumph comes two days after Kansas City rallied to win the
one-game Wild Card playoff over Oakland 9-8 in 12 innings.
Kansas City had not registered a hit since the fifth inning, and
only had four on the night, when Moustakas blasted a pitch from
Fernando Salas over the right field fence.
"This is unbelievable. We’re having a lot of fun in our first
post-season," Moustakas told reporters.
"I was doing whatever I could to get on base and let those guys
(behind me) do their magic. I was fortunate enough to hit one out."
Royals starting pitcher Jason Vargas pitched six innings and allowed
just two runs behind great defensive plays from his team mates,
before Kansas City used seven relievers to close the game.
The Angels hit the ball hard with runners in scoring position, but
Kansas City came up with saving plays. Lorenzo Cain had a pair of
stellar catches in center field, while right fielder Nori Aoki made
dramatic catches to end the sixth and seventh innings with Los
"This game was won by Kansas City with four defensive plays," said
Angeles manager Mike Scioscia.
"I think we swung the bats better than what numbers will show."
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Los Angeles, who finished with the best record in the regular
season, had home runs from Chris Iannetta and David Freese in the
The Royals took the lead in the top of the third and fifth innings
only to see the Angels tie it in each bottom half.
MVP candidate Mike Trout went 0-for-4 in his playoff debut and the
Angels also managed just four hits.
Starter Jered Weaver tossed seven innings and struck out six in the
In the day’s earlier game, Baltimore blasted Detroit 12-3 to take
the opener of the best-of-five American League divisional series.
The Orioles erupted for eight runs in the eighth inning to make a
winner out of starter Chris Tillman, who tossed five innings.
Nelson Cruz had three RBIs and Alejandro De Aza added two for
(Writing by Jahmal Corner in Los Angeles. Editing by Patrick
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