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Royals beat Jays in ALCS Game 6, reach World Series (w/video)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Lorenzo Cain scored from first base on Eric Hosmer's single to right in the eighth inning to break a 3-3 tie, and Wade Davis escaped a ninth-inning jam as the Royals beat the Blue Jays 4-3 Friday in Game 6 of the American League Championship Series to earn their second straight trip to the World Series.

The Royals were five outs away from the win when Jose Bautista tied it with a two-run homer off reliever Ryan Madson, his second homer of the game. It's the first multihomer game in Blue Jays postseason history. The last time a player hit a tying or go-ahead home run in the eighth inning or later of a Game 6 or 7 in the ALCS was Aaron Boone's walkoff for the Yankees against the Red Sox in 2003.

The game was delayed by rain with Kansas City coming to bat in the bottom half of the eighth. When the game resumed, Cain led off with a walk off Toronto closer Roberto Osuna, and Hosmer followed with a clean single that Bautista fielded down the rightfield line.

Rather than hit the cutoff man, Bautista threw to second to keep Hosmer to a single. That gave the speedy Cain, running full speed the entire way, enough time to beat the relay throw from second base with a textbook slide that ignited a sellout crowd.

Davis retired Josh Donaldson on a grounder with runners on second and third to end it.

Ben Zobrist's home run off his former Rays teammate, Jays starter David Price, made it 1-0 in the first inning.

Price allowed two runs and five hits and had eight strikeouts in 62/3 innings.

Mike Moustakas made it 2-0 with a home run in the second inning that Royals fan Caleb Humphreys caught at the top of the rightfield wall. A review found there was no interference.

Humphreys, 19, of Blue Springs, Missouri, called his catch the greatest moment of his life.

A former pitcher in high school, Humphreys said the catch was no big deal. "We pitchers can do it all," he said. He said the ball really did clear the wall.

Bautista's first home run, off of starter Yordano Ventura, brought the Jays within 2-1 in the fourth.

Madson allowed Bautista's tying homer with Davis, another former Ray, warming in the bullpen.

Ventura lasted into the sixth and Kelvin Herrera stranded an inherited runner on second base to protect the early 2-1 lead.

Now the Mets await in the World Series, having swept the Cubs on Wednesday night in the NLCS.

They start Tuesday night in Kansas City. Already, they've made history — this is the first World Series between franchises born in the expansion-era 1960s.

The Royals, who lost to San Francisco in Game 7 at Kauffman Stadium last October, haven't won the World Series since George Brett and Bret Saberhagen starred in 1985. The Mets' most recent title came in 1986, led by Darryl Strawberry and Dwight Gooden.

The teams have met only nine times since interleague play began in 1997, with the Royals holding a 5-4 edge. The Mets haven't even visited Kansas City since 2004.

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