Underdog Royals rout Angels to complete playoff sweep

Reuters News
Posted: Oct 05, 2014 11:35 PM

KANSAS CITY (Reuters) - The wild card Kansas City Royals completed a startling playoff sweep of the top-seeded Los Angeles Angels on Sunday with an 8-3 win that set up an American League Championship Series against the Baltimore Orioles.

The high-spirited Royals, in the postseason for the first time in 29 years, claimed the best-of-five Division Series 3-0.

Baltimore also wrapped up their series without a blemish as they beat the Tigers 2-1 in Detroit on Sunday.

Kansas City, the only Major League Baseball team with less than 100 home runs this season, got roundtrippers from Eric Hosmer and Mike Moustakas and a three-run double by Alex Gordon that had them rolling in the first inning.

The Angels, who won 98 games this season, became the first team to be swept in the Division Series after posting the best record in the majors since that level of playoffs was introduced in 1995.

Game One of the best-of-seven league championship will be on Friday in Baltimore with the series winner going on to the World Series.

(Writing by Larry Fine in New York; Editing by Ian Ransom)