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Kansas City take Championship opener

Two home runs in 10th innings helps Kansas City Royals take American League Championship Series lead at Baltimore.

    Gordon (L) led off the tenth with a home run [EPA]
    Gordon (L) led off the tenth with a home run [EPA]

    The Kansas City Royals scored three runs from two homers in the 10th innings to win 8-6 at Baltimore 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.

    This best-of-seven series was billed as Kansas City's speed against Baltimore's power, but the Royals didn't steal a base and hit all of the game's three home runs.

    SOURCE: AP


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