16 Oct 2014

Royals make World Series

12:16 pm on 16 October 2014

The Kansas City Royals have secured their first baseball World Series berth since their 1985 championship season by sweeping the American League Championship Series with a 2-1 win over the Baltimore Orioles in Kansas.

Kansas City Royals closer Greg Holland

Kansas City Royals closer Greg Holland Photo: PHOTOSPORT

Kansas City, who extended their undefeated playoff run to eight games this year after clinching the best-of-seven series 4-nil, will face the winner of the National League Championship Series between San Francisco and St. Louis.

The Royals got all the runs they would need in the bottom of the first on a fielder's choice by Eric Hosmer.

Alcides Escobar slid home and forced an error on catcher Caleb Joseph.

Both Escobar and Norichika Aoki also scored on the play, while Hosmer reached second.

Baltimore got to within a run in the third inning when Ryan Flaherty homered to right.

Game One of the World Series is October 21st in Kansas City.