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Royals Explode for 5 in the Sixth, Even Series 1-1

Royals Explode for 5 in the Sixth, Even Series 1-1

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(KANSAS CITY, Mo.) -- The Kansas City Royals erupted for five runs in the sixth inning, capped off by a two-run home run by Omar Infante, en route to a 7-2 victory over the San Francisco Giants in Game 2 of the World Series Wednesday.The best-of-seven series is tied at 1-1.It was a tight game until the sixth. Gregor Blanco led off the game with a home run off Yordano Ventura to give the Giants a 1-0 lead. The Royals answered right back at the bottom half off the inning when Billy Butler laced a single to left, scoring Lorenzo Cain to even the score. The Royals took the lead in the second when Alcides Escobar smacked a double, driving in Infante, but the Giants answered back in the fourth when Brandon Belt hit an RBI double. The score stayed the same until the bottom of the sixth, when the Royals went on their scoring binge.Ventura pitched 5 1/3 innings allowing eight hits, two runs, zero walks, while striking out two. Jake Peavy takes the loss. He pitched five innings allowing six hits, four runs, and two walks, while striking out one.Kelvin Herrera, Wade Davis, and Greg Holland combined to pitch 3 2/3 scoreless innings to close out the game.The series now shifts to San Francisco. Game 3 is Friday night. The Royals send Jeremy Guthrie to the mound, he will be opposed by Tim Hudson.

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Bumgarner Pitches Giants to World Series Game 1 Win Over Royals

Bumgarner Pitches Giants to World Series Game 1 Win Over Royals

Brad Mangin/MLB Photos via Getty Images(KANSAS CITY, Mo.) -- Madison Bumgarner continued his postseason excellence Tuesday night.Bumgarner pitched seven innings of one-run ball to lead the San Francisco Giants to a 7-1 victory over the Kansas City Royals in Game 1 of the World Series in Kansas City.Bumgarner allowed three hits and one walk, and struck out five to earn his third win of the 2014 playoffs.Royals starter James Shields didn't fair quite as well as Bumgarner. Shields lasted only three innings, allowing seven hits, five runs and one walk, and striking out one.Shields' bad day started right away. He opened up the top of the first by allowing singles to Gregor Blanco and Buster Posey, before allowing an RBI double to Pablo Sandoval and a two-run home run to Hunter Pence.Shields pitched perfect second and third innings before coming out in the fourth and letting three straight batters on base, which led to his early exit.Already up 5-0 in the seventh, the Giants scored two more times, once on a Joe Panik triple and the other on a Sandoval single.Game 2 of the World Series is Wednesday in Kansas City. The Giants send Jake Peavy to the mound. He will be opposed by Yordano Ventura.

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Ishikawa’s Walk-Off Blast Sends Giants Into World Series

Ishikawa’s Walk-Off Blast Sends Giants Into World Series

Brad Mangin/MLB Photos via Getty Images(SAN FRANCISCO) -- Travis Ishikawa hit a three-run, walk-off home run in the ninth inning of Game Five of the NLCS Thursday to send the San Francisco Giants past the St. Louis Cardinals, 6-3, and into the World Series.  

The Giants head to the Fall Classic, where they'll meet the Kansas City Royals.

The game was tied 3-3 going into the ninth when the Cardinals sent Michael Wacha to the mound for the first time this postseason. It proved to be a bad decision. Wacha allowed a lead-off single to Pablo Sandoval and walked Brandon Belt before Ishikawa blasted the Giants to their third World Series in five seasons. 

"These guys have been through it," Giants skipper Bruce Bochy said. "They have been battle-tested and they know how to handle themselves on this type of stage, and then add to that the kids that we brought up, and then Ishikawa. I mean, what a great story."

Madison Bumgarner pitched eight innings, allowing five hits, three earned runs and two walks while striking out five in the win. He was named the NLCS MVP.

The World Series begins Tuesday night in Kansas City. It will be the first time two teams that didn't win 90 regular-season games meet in the Fall Classic.

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Posey Propels Giants to 3-1 NLCS Lead

Posey Propels Giants to 3-1 NLCS Lead

Brad Mangin/MLB Photos via Getty Images(SAN FRANCISCO) -- Buster Posey drove in three runs, including the final run of a three-run sixth inning, to lead the San Francisco Giants past the St. Louis Cardinals 6-4 in Game 4 of the NL Championship Series Wednesday night. The Giants now lead the best-of-seven series 3-1. St. Louis took an early 4-1 lead in the third, when Kolten Wong blasted a home run. The Giants climbed back into the game in the bottom of the inning, scoring three runs -- the final two coming on a Hunter Pence single to center. Cardinals pitcher Shelby Miller was taken out with two outs in the fourth inning and relieved by Randy Choate, who got Joe Panik to ground out to end the inning. In the sixth, the Giants scored three off Marco Gonzales (L, 0-1, B, 1) to take the lead for good. Yusmeiro Petit (W, 1-0) pitched three innings of scoreless relief to earn the win. The Giants will try to close out the series Thursday in San Francisco. They'll send Madison Bumgarner to mound to square off against Adam Wainwright. The winner of this series advances to the World Series where they'll meet the AL Champion Kansas City Royals.

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Royals One Game Away From World Series

Royals One Game Away From World Series

Brian D. Kersey/Getty Images(KANSAS CITY, Mo.) -- Jeremy Guthrie pitched five innings of one-run ball, and pinch runner Jarrod Dyson scored the winning run on a sacrifice fly in the sixth, as the Kansas City Royals topped the Baltimore Orioles 2-1 Tuesday to take a 3-0 lead in the best-of-seven AL Championship Series.Baltimore got on the board first in the second inning when shortstop J.J. Hardy's double drove in teammate Steve Pearce. The score stayed that way until the fourth inning, when the Royals loaded the bases, before Alex Gordon grounded into a fielder's choice to score Lorenzo Cain.The Royals took the lead for good in the sixth when Dyson scored on Billy Butler's sac fly.Jason Frasor (W, 1-0), Kelvin Herrera, Wade Davis and Greg Holland (S, 3) all pitched an inning of scoreless relief for the Royals.Wei-Yin Chen took the loss, pitching 5 1/3 innings, allowing seven hits, two earned runs, and one walk while striking out four.The Royals can clinch their first trip to the World Series since 1985 on Wednesday. Kansas City sends Jason Vargas to the mound. He will be opposed by Miguel Gonzalez.

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Giants Grab 2-1 NLCS Lead on Throwing Error

Giants Grab 2-1 NLCS Lead on Throwing Error

Brad Mangin/MLB Photos via Getty Images(SAN FRANCISCO) -- Randy Choate's throwing error in the bottom of the tenth allowed Brandon Crawford to score and give the San Francisco Giants a 5-4 win in Game 3 of the National League Championship Series (NLCS) on Tuesday. With the victory, the Giants now hold a 2-1 series lead over the St. Louis Cardinals.

San Francisco had to battle for the win despite putting up four runs in the bottom of the first inning. Travis Ishikawa hit a three-run double off Cardinals starting pitcher John Lackey, giving the Giants the early 4-0 advantage. St. Louis' veteran righty would settle down and wait as his team found a way to get back into the game.

The rally began in the top of the fourth when Kolton Wong tripled off the right field wall, plating both John Jay and Matt Holliday. San Francisco's Tim Hudson would get out of the inning but gave up another run on Jhonny Peralta's RBI single in the sixth, making it a 4-3 Giants lead.

Hudson, making the first LCS start in his 16-year career, got the first out of the seventh before Randal Grichuk homered to tie the game. That chased Hudson from the game and left it in the hands of the bullpen.

After St. Louis stranded the go-ahead run on base in the top of the tenth, Crawford worked a leadoff walk from the newly inserted Choate (0-1) in the bottom of the frame. Juan Perez then singled to put runners and first and second with nobody out.

That would bring up Gregor Blanco, who dropped a bunt down just the third-base side of the mound. As Choate went to field the ball, the lefty's throw went up the right field line, allowing Crawford to score the game-winning run. Sergio Romo (1-0) got the win by getting the final out in the top of the tenth inning.

Both teams meet in Game 4 on Wednesday night at 8:07 p.m. ET in San Francisco. Shelby Miller (0-0, 3.18 ERA) takes the ball for St. Louis while the Giants turn to Ryan Vogelsong (0-0, 1.59).

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Scoreboard Roundup – 10/14/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 10/14/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- MLB: NLCS: San Francisco Giants 5 - St. Louis Cardinals 4 in 10 Innings (Giants Lead Series, 2-1)

NHL: New York Islanders 6 (3-0-0, 6 points) - New York Rangers 3 (1-3-0, 2 points)

Anaheim Ducks 4 (3-1-0, 6 points) - Philadelphia Flyers 3 (0-2-2, 2 points) Shootout

San Jose Sharks 6 (3-0-0, 6 points) - Washington Capitals 5 (1-0-2, 4 points) Shootout

Dallas Stars 4 (1-1-1, 3 points) - Columbus Blue Jackets 2 (2-1-0, 4 points)

Toronto Maple Leafs 3 (2-2-0, 4 points) - Colorado Avalance 2 (1-2-1, 3 points) Overtime

New Jersey Devils 2 (3-0-0, 6 points) - Tampa Bay Lightning 1 (2-1-1, 5 points)

Buffalo Sabres 4 (1-3-0, 2 points) - Carolina Hurricanes 3 (0-2-1, 1 point) Shootout

 

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ALCS Game 3 Postponed Due to Rain

ALCS Game 3 Postponed Due to Rain

Brian D. Kersey/Getty Images(KANSAS CITY, Mo.) -- Game Three of the American League Championship Series (ALCS) was postponed Monday night due to rain in Kansas City. The Royals currently lead the Baltimore Orioles two games to none in the best-of-seven series.

The game was rescheduled for Tuesday at 8:07 p.m. at Kauffman Stadium. Jeremy Guthrie will get the start for Kansas City while Baltimore will send Wei-Yin Chen to the hill. Major League Baseball Senior Vice President Peter Woodfork said the decision was made, in part, with the players and fans in mind.

"We want a game we know we can get through nine innings, hopefully play dry baseball, not risk player safety or uncomfortable fans," noted Woodfork.

This change in schedule also shifts Game 4 to Wednesday and Game 5, if necessary, to Thursday. The final two games of the series, if needed, will be played in Baltimore on Friday (Game 6) and Saturday (Game 7).

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Scoreboard Roundup – 10/13/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 10/13/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- MLB: ALCS: Kansas City Royals - Baltimore Orioles (Royals lead series, 2-0) Postponed

NFL: San Francisco 49ers 31 (4-2) - St. Louis Rams 17 (1-4)

NHL: Anaheim Ducks 5 (2-1-0, 4 points) - Buffalo Sabres 1 (0-3-0, 0 points)

Colorado Avalanche 2 (1-2-0, 2 points) - Boston Bruins 1 (1-3-0, 2 points)

Ottawa Senators 1 (2-1-0, 4 points) - Florida Panthers 0 (0-2-1, 0 points)

Tampa Bay Lightning 7 (2-0-1, 5 points) - Montreal Canadiens 1 (3-1-0, 6 points)

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Wong Blasts Cardinals Past Giants

Wong Blasts Cardinals Past Giants

Mike McGinnis/Getty Images(ST. LOUIS, MO) -- Kolten Wong has tied up the NLCS at a game apiece with a ninth inning walk-off solo home run.

The Cardinals second baseman took a Sergio Romo pitch deep to right field in the bottom of the ninth, giving St. Louis a 5-4 victory over San Francisco.

"I didn't know if it was going out or not," Wong said to ESPN after the game. "When it finally went out, all emotion came out."

Not all news was good for the Cardinals. All-Star catcher Yadier Molina left the game in the sixth inning with what is described as a strained oblique. Manager Mike Matheny said Molina was undergoing further tests but that the injury, "didn't look real good."

The series resumes Tuesday night in San Francisco as John Lackey takes the hill for the Cardinals. For San Francisco, Tim Hudson will get the nod.

 

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Scoreboard Roundup – 10/11/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 10/11/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- MLB: Kansas City Royals 6 - Baltimore Orioles 4 (Orioles Lead ALCS, 2-0)

San Francisco Giants 3 - St Louis Cardinals 0 (Giants Lead NLCS 1-0)

Top 25 College Football: (1) Florida State 38 (6-0) Syracuse 20 (2-4)

(3) Mississippi State 38 (6-0) - (2)Auburn 23 (5-1)

(3) Mississippi  35 (6-0) - Texas A&M 20 (5-2)

(5) Baylor 61 (6-0) - (9) TCU 58 (4-1)

(6) Notre Dame 50 (5-0) - North Carolina 43 (2-3)

(7) Alabama 14 (5-1) - Arkansas 13 (3-3)

(8) Michigan State 45 (5-1) - Purdue 31 (3-4)

USC 28 (4-2) - (10) Arizona 26 (5-1) 

(11) Oklahoma 31 (5-1) - Texas 26 (2-4) 

(12) Oregon 42 - (5-1) - (18) UCLA 30 (4-2)

(13) Georgia 34 (5-1) - (23) Missouri 0 (4-2)

(16) Oklahoma State 27 (5-1) - Kansas 20 (2-4)

(19) East Carolina 28 (5-1) - South Florida 17 (2-4)

Duke 31 (5-1) - (22) Georgia Tech 25 (5-1) 

NASCAR: Kevin Harvick Wins Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway

NHL: Washington Captitals 4 (1-0-1, 3 pts) - Boston Bruins 0 (1-2-0, 2 pts)

Pittsburgh Penguins 5 (2-0-0, 4 pts) - Toronto Maple Leafs 2 (0-2-0, 0 pts)

Anaheim Ducks 3 (1-1-0, 2 pts) - Detroit Red Wings 2 (1-1-0, 2 pts)

Ottawa Senators 3 (1-1-0, 2 pts) - Tampa Bay Lightning 2 (1-0-1, 3 pts)

New Jersey Devils 5 (2-0-0, 4 pts) - Florida Panthers 1 (0-1-1, 1 pts)

New York Islanders 4 (2-0-0, 4 pts) - Carolina Hurricanes 3 (0-2-0, 0 pts)

Montreal Canadiens 4 (2-0-0, 4 pts) - Philadelphia Flyers 3 (Final/SO)

Columbus Blue Jackets 5 - New York Rangers 2 (1-1-0, 2 pts)

St. Louis Blues 4 (1-1-0, 2 pts)- Calgary Flames 1 (1-2-0, 2 pts)

Nashville Predators 4 (2-0-0, 4 pts) - Dallas Stars 1 (0-1-1 1pt)

Chicago Blackhawks 6 (2-0-0, 4 pts) - Buffalo Sabres 2 (0-2-0, 0 pts)

Minnesota Wild 3 (2-0-0 4pts) - Colorado Avalanche 0 (0-2-0, 0 pts)

Arizona Coyotes 3 (1-1-0 2pts) - Los Angeles Kings 2 (0-1-1 1pt) (Final/ OT)

Vancouver Canucks 5 (2-0-0 4pts)- Edmonton Oilers 4 (0-1-1 1pt) (Final/ SO) 

San Jose Sharks 3 (2-0-0 4pts) - Winnipeg Jets 0 (1-1-0 2pts)

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Kershaw Can’t Hang On, Cardinals Advance to NLCS

Kershaw Can’t Hang On, Cardinals Advance to NLCS

Zoonar/Thinkstock(ST. LOUIS) -- Clayton Kershaw was on fire until the seventh inning.The Los Angeles Dodgers' ace had only allowed three base runners before giving up back-to-back singles and then a three-run home run to Matt Adams, which was enough to lift the St. Louis Cardinals over the Dodgers 3-2, sending the Birds into their fourth straight NL Championship Series.Kershaw, who was pitching on three days rest, finished the day allowing four hits, three earned runs, two walks, and nine strikeouts, as he falls to 0-3 with a 9.72 ERA in his last three playoff games.Cardinals starter Shelby Miller pitched 5 2/3 innings, allowing five hits and two runs, while striking out four.Trevor Rosenthal allowed two base runners in the ninth but got Carl Crawford to hit into a fielder's choice to end the game, earning his third save of the series.St. Louis will now take on the San Francisco Giants in the NLCS. Game 1 is Saturday night in St. Louis.

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Nationals Avoid Elimination, Top Giants 4-1 in Game 3 of NLDS

Nationals Avoid Elimination, Top Giants 4-1 in Game 3 of NLDS

Mike McGinnis/Getty Images(SAN FRANCISCO) -- Madison Bumgarner's throwing error in the seventh inning led to the Washington Nationals scoring two runs, while two more -- the last coming on a Bryce Harper solo home run in the ninth -- led the team to avoid elimination and top the San Francisco Giants 4-1 in Game 3 of their NLDS Monday.

The Giants' 10-game postseason winning streak is over, but they still lead the series 2-1.  

Both Bumgarner and Doug Fister pitched brilliantly. Fister allowed four hits, walked three, while striking out three in the win. Bumgarner pitched seven innings, allowing six hits, two earned runs, one walk, while striking out six in the loss -- he hadn't allowed a run in 21 straight postseason innings until the seventh inning.

Wilson Ramos put down a sacrifice bunt that rolled between the mound and the first-base line. Bumgarner fielded the ball and tried to get the runner out at third, but his throw went wide of Pablo Sandoval's glove, allowing Ian Desmond and Harper to score. Asdrubal Cabrera then hit an RBI single to give the Nationals a 3-0 lead.

San Francisco attempted to rally in the ninth, but Nationals' pitcher Drew Storen settled down after that, allowing only one run to score to force a Game 4, which will take place Tuesday in San Francisco. Gio Gonzalez will take the mound for Washington and will be opposed by Ryan Vogelsong.

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Royals Sweep Angels, Meet Orioles in ALCS

Royals Sweep Angels, Meet Orioles in ALCS

Brian D. Kersey/Getty Images(KANSAS CITY) -- In their first playoff appearance since 1985, the Kansas City Royals swept the Los Angeles Angels on Sunday, reaching the American League Championship Series (ALCS). The 8-3 margin was the largest in the best-of-five series after Kansas City won two games in Los Angeles in extra innings.

"I've never seen this group of kids so confident on the big stage," said manager Ned Yost. "It's really fun to see their development and watch them come into the postseason and just really take their game to the next level."

The Angels, who earned homefield advantage by having the leagues best regular-season record, took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first when Mike Trout homered off James Shields for his first-ever postseason hit. That lead quickly evaporated in the bottom half of the inning when the Royals' Alex Gordon drove in three runs with a double off C.J. Wilson, chasing the Los Angeles starter.

Kansas City added to the lead in the third inning on Eric Hosmer's second homer of the playoffs, a two-run shot to center. Albert Pujols tried to spark a rally for the Angels with a solo shot of his own, but that was all Los Angeles could muster off Shields.

"Big Game" James went six strong innings, allowing two runs on six hits while striking out six, while the offense added two runs in the fourth and another in the sixth. Wade Davis gave up a run in the eighth but the bullpen shut down an otherwise punchless Angels offense.

The Royals will now meet the Baltimore Orioles, who swept Detroit earlier in the day, in the best-of-seven ALCS. Game One is Friday night in Baltimore.

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Scoreboard Roundup – 10/5/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 10/5/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- MLB: American League Division Series: Baltimore Orioles 2 - Detroit Tigers 1 (Orioles win series, 3-0, Advance to ALCS)

Kansas City Royals 8 - Los Angeles Angels 3 (Royals win series, 3-0, Advance to ALCS)

NFL: New England Patriots 43 (3-2) - Cincinnati Bengals 17 (3-1)

Carolina Panthers 31 (3-2) - Chicago Bears 24 (2-3)

Cleveland Browns 29 (2-2) - Tennessee Titans 28 (1-4)

Philadelphia Eagles 34 (4-1) - St. Louis Rams 28 (1-3)

New York Giants 30 (3-2) - Atlanta Falcons 20 (2-3)

New Orleans Saints 37 (2-3) - Tampa Bay Buccaneers 31 (1-4) - Overtime

Dallas Cowboys 20 (4-1) - Houston Texans 17 (3-2) - Overtime

Buffalo Bills 17 (3-2) - Detroit Lions 14 (3-2)

Indianapolis Colts 20 (3-2) - Baltimore Ravens 13 (3-2)

Pittsburgh Steelers 17 (3-2) - Jacksonville Jaguars 9 (0-5)

Denver Broncos 41 (3-1) - Arizona Cardinals 20 (3-1)

San Francisco 49ers 22 (3-2) - Kansas City Chiefs 17 (2-3)

San Diego Chargers 31 (4-1) - New York Jets 0 (1-4)

NASCAR: Joey Logano won at Kansas Speedway.

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Kemp’s Homer Helps Dodgers Even Series

Kemp’s Homer Helps Dodgers Even Series

Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Despite giving up a late lead for the second straight night, Matt Kemp's eighth inning home run lifted the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 3-2 win over the St. Louis Cardinals on Saturday night. The victory helped the Dodgers even the best-of-five series at one game apiece before it shifts to St. Louis on Monday.

Los Angeles took a 2-0 lead in the third when Dee Gordon ground out to second, plating A.J. Ellis before Zack Greinke scored on an Adrian Gonzalez single. Greinke seemingly was in control while on the hill, tossing seven scoreless innings and giving up just two hits.

Manager Don Mattingly went to his bullpen in the eighth and J.P. Howell gave up a game-tying, two-run homer to Matt Carpenter. The Cardinals jubilation was short lived as Kemp led off the bottom of the inning with his go-ahead blast off Pat Neshek.

"He tried to get me with a couple of sliders," Kemp said. "I laid off some tough ones that were close on the plate, but he left one just out on the plate that I could do something with and I put a good swing on it."

After falling 10-9 in Game One, the Dodgers now travel to St. Louis with the series tied an Hyun-Jin Ryu pitching against John Lackey in Game Three.

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Giants Win Longest Game in Postseason History

Giants Win Longest Game in Postseason History

Mike McGinnis/Getty Images(WASHINGTON, D.C.) -- Brandon Belt's home run in the top of the 18th inning gave the San Francisco Giants a 3-2 lead, and eventual win, in the longest postseason game in Major League Baseball history on Saturday night. The victory also gave the Giants a 2-0 series lead over the Washington Nationals as the series now shifts to San Francisco.

Washington took a third inning lead on Anthony Rendon's RBI single off Tim Hudson. That looked to be more than enough for Nationals starter Jordan Zimmerman, who pitched into the ninth inning without allowing a run. Zimmerman retired the first two batters in the top of the ninth but walked Joe Panik to put the tying run on base.

Manager Matt Williams went to his bullpen, calling on Drew Storen to close the door. Buster Posey would eventually single before Pablo Sandoval doubled in the tying run, forcing extra innings. Posey was tagged out at home on the play, preventing the Giants from taking the lead.

Both teams used a combined 17 pitchers over the next nine innings, before Belt's homer against Tanner Roark opened up the top of the 18th. Hunter Strickland picked up the save, tossing a scoreless bottom of the 18th, while Yusmeiro Petit got the win going six shutout innings in relief.

The six hour and 23 minute affair surpassed a the 2005 NLDS Game 4 contest between the Atlanta Braves and Houston Astros for the longest in playoff history. Houston won that game, and swept the Braves, on a walk-off homer from Chris Burke in the bottom of the 18th inning.

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Scoreboard Roundup – 10/4/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 10/4/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- MLB Playoffs: San Francisco Giants 2 - Washington Nationals 1 in 18 Innings (Giants lead series, 2-0)

Los Angeles Dodgers 3 - St. Louis Cardinals 2 (Series tied, 1-1)

Top 25 College Football: (1) Florida State 43 (5-0) - Wake Forrest 3 (2-4)

(11) Ole Miss 23 (5-0) - (3) Alabama 17 (4-1)

(25) TCU 37 (4-0) - (4) Oklahoma 33 (4-1)

(5) Auburn 41 (5-0) - (15) LSU 7 (4-2)

(12) Mississippi State 48 (5-0) - (6) Texas A&M 31 (5-1)

(7) Baylor 28 (5-0) - Texas 7 (2-3)

Utah 30 (4-1) - (8) UCLA 28 (4-1)

(9) Notre Dame 17 (5-0) - (14) Stanford 14 (3-2)

(10) Michigan State 27 (4-1) - (19) Nebraska 22 (5-1)

(13) Georgia 44 (4-1) - Vanderbilt 17 (1-5)

Arizona State 38 (4-1) - (16) USC 34 (3-2)

Northwestern 20 (3-2) - (17) Wisconsin 14 (3-2)

(20) Ohio State 52 (4-1) - Maryland 24 (4-2)

(21) Oklahoma State (4-1) - Iowa State 20 (1-4)

(22) East Carolina 45 (4-1) - SMU 24 (0-5) 

(23) Kansas State 45 (4-1) - Texas Tech 13 (2-3)

NASCAR: Kyle Busch won the NASCAR Nationwide Kansas Lottery 300

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Royals Beat Angels in Extras Again, Hold 2-0 Series Lead

Royals Beat Angels in Extras Again, Hold 2-0 Series Lead

Rich Pilling/MLB Photos via Getty Images(ANAHEIM, Calif.) -- For the second consecutive night, the Kansas City Royals used an extra inning home run to beat Los Angeles, 4-1, in the American League Divisional Series (ALDS) on Friday night. Eric Hosmer's two-run homer in the top of eleventh gave the Royals a 3-1 lead, taking a 2-0 series lead over the Angels.

Kansas City became the first time in Major League history to open up a postseason with three consecutive extra-inning wins, after spending 29 years without a playoff berth. They are the sixth team to win a trio of extra-inning games in one playoffs appearance. The previous five have all gone on to win the World Series.

The Royals took an early lead against Matt Shoemaker when Alex Gordon drove in Hosmer with a single in the second. Los Angeles would eventually knot the score in the sixth on an Albert Pujols single, making it a 1-1 game after six innings.

The Angels had a chance to take a lead in the bottom of the eighth. C.J. Cron doubled off reliever Wade Davis and was pinch-ran for by Collin Cowgill. Following Chris Iannetta's fly-out to center, newly inserted Jarrod Dyson threw out Cowgill trying to advance to third.

That helped send the game into extras for the second straight night. Lorenzo Cain stretched out an infield single before Hosmer's go-ahead blast off Kevin Jepsen. Kansas City reliever Greg Holland pitched a scoreless bottom half of the inning, striking out Mike Trout to end the game.

The series now shifts to Kansas City where James Shields will take on C.J. Wilson.

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Cardinals Rally, Beat Kershaw in Game 1

Cardinals Rally, Beat Kershaw in Game 1

Elsa/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- In a matchup that featured two of the top pitchers in the game, the St. Louis Cardinals won a 10-9 game over the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game One of the National League Divisional Series (NLDS) on Friday night. The Cardinals scored eight runs in the seventh inning to come from behind against Clayton Kershaw before holding off the Dodgers late.

It started out as a blowout in favor of Los Angeles, as they built up a 6-1 lead through five innings. After Randal Grichuk homered in the first to give St. Louis a 1-0 lead, the Dodgers quickly took the lead scoring twice in the third. Two more runs were added in the fourth before A.J. Ellis launched a two-run homer in the bottom of the fifth off Adam Wainwright.

Meanwhile, Kershaw was mowing down opponents striking out eight batters through six innings. The southpaw had only given up two hits, both solo home runs, going into the seventh inning. It was then that the Cardinals made their rally.

The first four batters of the inning would reach on Kershaw, culminating on a Matt Adams RBI single. Pete Kozma then struck out for the first out of the frame before John Jay singled in another run to make it a 6-4 deficit. After another strikeout got the Dodgers within an out of ending the inning, Matt Carpenter cleared the bases with a double, giving St. Louis a 7-6 lead and chasing Kershaw.

The Cardinals would go on to score three more runs when Matt Holliday homered off reliever Pedro Baez for a 10-6 lead. Los Angeles threatened to take the lead back in both the eighth and ninth innings. Adrian Gonzalez's two-run homer in the eighth made it a 10-8 ballgame, while an RBI ground out got the Dodgers within a run and put the tying score at third. However, Yasiel Puig struck out to end the ballgame and give St. Louis a 1-0 series lead.

Game Two of the NLDS is set for 9:30 p.m. on Saturday at Dodger Stadium. Lance Lynn (15-10, 2.74 ERA) gets the call for the Cardinals while the Dodgers send Zack Greinke (17-8, 2.71 ERA) to the hill.

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