BALTIMORE–The Kansas City Royals scored three runs from two homers in the 10th inning to win 8-6 at Baltimore on Friday in the opening game of the American League Championship Series.
Alex Gordon led off the tenth with a homer off Darren O’Day to cap his eventful game in which he also doubled in three runs, was picked off at first base, made a great catch in left field and got hit in the neck with a pitch.
His homer put Kansas City up 6-5 and Mike Moustakas added a two-run shot off Brian Matusz to pad the lead.
The Orioles tried to rally in the bottom of the tenth, with pinch-hitter Delmon Young driving in a run with two outs and putting a second man on base, but Royals closer Greg Holland retired Nick Markakis on a grounder to end it.
Four of Kansas City’s five wins in this postseason have come in extra innings.
“These games, we’ve played so many of them that we’re kind of used to them a little bit,” manager Ned Yost said. “And we still have a lot of confidence.”
Game 2 is Saturday in Baltimore, when rookie pitcher Yordano Ventura will make his second postseason start for the Royals against either Wei-Yin Chen or Bud Norris.