(The Sports Xchange) - Left fielder Alex Gordon drove home the go-ahead run to cap a stunning five-run, eighth-inning rally for the Kansas City Royals, who surged past the Houston Astros 9-6 on Monday at Minute Maid Park to force a decisive Game Five of the American League Division Series.
While Gordon pushed the Royals in front with his RBI groundout off Astros closer Luke Gregerson, he merely put the bow on a breathtaking display of plate discipline. The first five Royals batters recorded singles in the eighth.
Royals right-hander Wade Davis slammed the door with two scoreless innings of relief, sending the series back to Kansas City's Kauffman Stadium for the Game Five finale with the series tied 2-2.
By the end of the seventh, that scenario seemed unlikely. The Astros scored three times in the seventh inning to move six outs away from the American League Championship Series.
(Editing by Andrew Both)