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With spectacular defense and four hits, Lorenzo Cain was one of many Royals standouts on Saturday.The Royals' storybook postseason continued today at Camden Yards as they knocked off the Orioles to take a 2-0 edge in the ALCS heading back to Kansas City. The Royals are 6-0 thus far this postseason, becoming the fourth team in the division era to sweep through their first six postseason games. The 2007 Rockies were the last, but they lost to the Red Sox in the World Series. The other two, the 1976 Cincinnati Big Red Machine and the 1970 Orioles, both won the World Series.
• The Royals are the 12th team to win the first two games of either League Championship Series on the road since 1985 and the previous 11 times, the team that won Games 1 and 2 advanced to the World Series.
Won First Two ALCS Games on Road Since 1985*
No team that won the first two games of the ALCS on the road has failed to advance to the World Series since the LCS moved to a best-of-7 format in 1985 and four of the six series ended in sweeps.
• The Royals became the first team since the All-Star break to win back-to-back road games at Camden Yards. The Orioles hadn’t lost consecutively at home since June 28-29 against the Rays.
• Alcides Escobar was the Royal hero du jour when he hit a double off of Zach Britton to drive in pinch-runner Terrance Gore with the go-ahead run in the ninth. Not only was that Escobar’s first career postseason go-ahead hit in the ninth inning or later, it was his first in all of 2014. He had just two such hits in his career entering this postseason.
• Mike Moustakas went yard again, for his fourth round trip during the postseason. He’s the first Royal to homer in three straight postseason games.
Moustakas’ four home runs this postseason, ties Willie Aikens (1980) for most home runs by a Royal in a single postseason. He had no home runs in 26 games in September this season.
His blast went just 370 feet, and would not have cleared the fences at Kaufmann Stadium under normal weather conditions.
• It was a busy day for Aikens in the Royals record book. Eric Hosmer had his third multi-RBI game of postseason, joining Aikens in 1980 as only Royals with three games of multiple RBIs in a single postseason.
• Lorenzo Cain was stellar both in the field, where he made a pair of outstanding catches, and at the plate where he joined George Brett as the only Royals with a four-hit postseason game. Brett actually had two of those, both in 1985, the first coming in Game 3 of the ALCS against the Blue Jays, and the other coming in Game 7 of the World Series against the Cardinals.
• Wade Davis was the winner in both Game 1 and Game 2 to become the first pitcher to win the first two games of a postseason series since Atlanta’s Alejandro Peña beat the Rockies in the first two games of the 1995 NLDS.
On the other side, Darren O’Day was saddled with his second loss of the series. The last pitcher to lose the first two games of a postseason series was Dave Stewart who lost Games 1 and 2 for the Dodgers at the Astrodome in the 1981 NLDS.