After struggling through the second and third innings, Jeremy Guthrie made it through the top of the fourth allowing just a two-out walk to Ryan Flaherty.
As the Royals took their turn at the plate in the home half of the fourth, they finally seemed primed to pounce on the Orioles. With the crowd feverish with excitement, the Royals loaded the bases. Lorenzo Cain and Eric Hosmer hit successive bloop singles to shallow left center, and Billy Butler worked a free pass. Post-season RBI machine Alex Gordon stepped to the plate and hit a grounder to second baseman Jonathan Schoop. Thankfully, the ball was fielded on the lip of the grass and the only play was at first, so the Royals plated the tying run. With Salvador Perez first-pitch hacking as is his wont, the Royals had to settle for just that one run.
Guthrie cruised through a one-two-three fifth.
Chen sort of did the same, as Alcides Escobar reached on an errant throw to first, but was thrown out as the ball kicked right back to Schoop who gunned down Escobar at second with time to spare.
Now it's But I Don't Know What To Do With Those Tossed Salads and Scrambled Eggs time!