/Royals 4, Blue Jays 3: Royals Hustle Back to the World Series, Where the Mets Await

Royals 4, Blue Jays 3: Royals Hustle Back to the World Series, Where the Mets Await

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The Royals’ Lorenzo Cain after racing home from first in the eighth inning to give Kansas City the lead in Game 6 of the American League Championship Series against the Blue Jays.

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A single, as defined by any other team, is a manageable and often acceptable outcome. It can be compensated for or worked around. But for the Kansas City Royals, who collect singles as eagerly as they might collect shells on the beach, those base hits that leave the hitter anchored at first base are the ones that can unspool a big inning.

On Friday night, it unraveled the Toronto Blue Jays’ season.

When the Royals’ Eric Hosmer lined a single down the right-field line in the eighth inning, Jose Bautista retrieved the ball and fired to second base, which served its purpose in keeping Hosmer at first. But the throw also allowed Lorenzo Cain, who never hesitated, to race all the way home from first with the decisive run as the…

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