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Jays Bats Explode For 11 Runs To Defeat Royals In Game 3

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Josh Donaldson hits one of three Home Runs for the Blue Jays in Game 3. (Tom Szczerbowski/GettyImages)

A must win for the Blue jays in Game 3 of the ALCS, especially if they had any plans of advancing to the World Series.

Toronto sent 24-year-old righty Marcus Stroman to the mound,who appeared in two games in the NLDS against the Rangers, allowing five runs on 11 hits in 13 innings with nine strikeouts.

As for the Royals, they countered with Johnny Cueto, who in his last postseason start against the Astros, he tossed eight spectacular innings, allowing two runs on two hits, all in the second inning, before retiring the next 19 batters to lead the Royals to victory and an ALCS berth.

The Royals struck first scoring in the top of the first on an RBI single from Eric Hosmer to take an early 1-0 lead.

But the Blue Jays explosive offense finally broke through and scored nine runs combined in the second and third innings against Cueto, knocking him out of the game in the third with no outs, to take a commanding 9-2 lead. All runs were highlighted by Ryan Goins two run single, Troy Tulowitzki‘s three run blast and Josh Donaldson‘s line drive two run home run over the left field fence.

Cueto’s early exit, put the Royals in a huge hole as he recorded just six outs, allowing eight runs, on six hits, walking four and striking out two.

Kansas City mounted a comeback as they scored two in the fifth and four in the ninth, but Toronto added insurance runs in the fifth and eighth to hold on and survive the Royals attempt to steal Game 3.

Stroman picked up the win, lasting 6.1 innings, allowing four runs on 11 hits, walking one and striking out one.

Both teams will be at it again on Tuesday afternoon at 4:00 pm, as the Royals send Chris Young (11-6, 3.06) to the hill to face off against knuckleballer R.A. Dickey (11-11, 3.91). Both starters fared well in their only postseason start in the ALDS.

Top Performers

Blue Jays
Josh Donaldson – 2 for 4, R, HR, 3 RBI
Edwin Encarnacion – 2 for 5, R
Troy Tulowitzki – 2 for 4, 2 R, HR, 3 RBI
Ryan Goins – 2 for 4, 2 R, HR, 3 RBI
Marcus Stroman – 6.1 IP, 11 H, 4 R, BB, K

Royals
Alcides Escobar – 4 for 5, 3 R
Ben Zobrist – 3 for 5, 3 R, 3 Doubles, RBI
Eric Hosmer – 2 for 5, R, 2 RBI
Kendrys Morales – 3 for 4, R, HR, 2 RBI
Kris Medlen – 5 IP, 3 H, 2 R, BB, 6 K

David Conde

David Conde

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