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ALCS Game Four Overflow II: Royals vs. Blue Jays

Royals lead 5 - 2 heading to the top of the sixth.

Rios dong!
Rios dong!
John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports

After building a 5 - 0 lead against starter R.A. Dickey, the Royals struggled to mount much of an attack against purported Kansas City Royals' mole Liam Hendriks in the top of the third.

Chris Young ran into trouble in the bottom of the third. Ryan Goins connected for a one-out bloop single dumped between Alcides Escobar and the charging tandem of Alex Gordon and Lorenzo Cain. Young then lost Ben Revere, walking the speedy left fielder. Presumptive AL MVP Josh Donaldson worked the count full before stroking a double that bounced over the wall on a hop, plating the first Toronto Blue Jays' run. Jose Bautista also worked the count full before chopping an RBI-groundout to second, moving Donaldson to third. Young finally escaped the inning as Edwin Encarnacion flew out to Gordon.

5 - 2, Royals.

Alex Rios hit a two-out single to left-center and followed with an attempted steal of second. For the second time this postseason, the Royals lost what was initially ruled a successful stolen base attempt but review showed that the player lost contact with the bag for a fraction of a second on a pop-up slide.

Young cut through the next three Jays in order, and Hendriks did the same in the top of the fifth.

The lanky Princetonian came back out to face Kevin Pillar, Ryan Goins, and Ben Revere, with Revere likely his final faced batsman. After retiring the first two with ease, Revere grounded a seeing-eye single up the middle, and Ned Yost pointed to Luke Hochevar for a different look to present to the mighty Josh Donaldson. Hochevar induced an infield fly to end the inning.

The Royals head to the top of the sixth up 5 - 2.