Giants edge Cardinals; Royals go up 3-0 on O’s
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A wild throw by reliever Randy Choate on a bunt allowed Brandon Crawford to score the winning run in the bottom of the 10th inning, lifting the San Francisco Giants over the St. Louis Cardinals 5-4 on Tuesday for a 2-1 lead in the NL Championship Series.
Crawford drew an eight-pitch walk from Choate to begin the inning, ending a stretch of 16 straight Giants retired since Tim Hudson’s two-out single in the fourth. After failing on two sacrifice attempts, Juan Perez singled to bring up Gregor Blanco.
Blanco’s bunt went to the left side of the mound and the left-handed Choate’s sidearmed throw sailed past lunging second baseman Kolten Wong, who was covering first base.
Randal Grichuk tied it with a solo homer in the seventh that chased Hudson.
Royals 2, Orioles 1
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Billy Butler drove in the go-ahead run in the sixth inning, and the Royals’ bullpen shut down the Baltimore Orioles the rest of the way for a 2-1 victory Tuesday night that gave Kansas City a commanding 3-0 lead in the AL Championship Series.
Third baseman Mike Moustakas made two marvelous plays as the Royals won their 10th straight postseason game, including all seven this year.
Kansas City will send Jason Vargas to the mound for Game 4 on Wednesday needing just one more win to reach their first World Series since 1985. Miguel Gonzalez will try to help the Orioles stave off elimination.
The game was tied 1-all until the Orioles’ Wei-Yin Chen put runners on the corners in the sixth. Butler followed with his sacrifice fly off reliever Kevin Gausman for the lead.
Winning pitcher Jason Frasor, Kelvin Herrera, Wade Davis and Greg Holland each pitched a scoreless inning.