KANSAS CITY — No late-inning magic was needed for the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday in Game 2 of the World Series, as Johnny Cueto only surrendered one run on two hits in a 7-1 win for Kansas City.
Cueto retired the Mets in order in six of his nine innings. He struck out four and walked three in a complete game.
“(Wednesday) was everything we expected Johnny to be,” said Royals Manager Ned Yost. “He was on the attack, he kept the ball down, he changed speeds. It’s just a spectacular performance by him.”
The last time an American League pitcher threw a complete game in the World Series was in 1991 when Jack Morris pitched a complete game in Game 7 for the Minnesota Twins.
Both of Cueto’s walks were in the fourth, when New York scored its only run.
New York had runners at first and second with one out after two walks and a popout.
Yoenis Cespedes then hit a grounder to Mike Moustakas at third base to get Curtis Granderson out, but Eric Hosmer was called off the bag to make Cespedes safe at first. There was no replay review of the play.
Lucas Duda then drove in Daniel Murphy with a shallow fly ball single to left.
The Royals had a chance to tie or take the lead in the bottom half of the inning with bases loaded and two outs, but Salvador Perez grounded out to the shortstop to end the inning.
Jacob deGrom got through the first three innings with only allowing one baserunner and got out of a bases-loaded jam in the fourth, but the Royals bats got going in the fifth to take a 4-1 lead.
Alcides Escobar got the KC scoring going with a fly ball single to center field to score Gordon. Escobar attempted two bunts but both went foul. After a groundout and flyout, Hosmer hit a grounder up the middle to drive in Alex Rios and Escobar. After Kendrys Morales’ single to right, Moustakas hit one up the middle to allow Hosmer to score and give the Royals a 4-1 lead.
“As an offense we had to do anything we could to figure out how to get to deGrom and I’m glad it worked out for us.” Hosmer said.
deGrom would be done after five innings, giving up four runs on six hits. He walked three and struck out two.
The Royals tacked onto their lead in the eighth inning.
Moustakas led off with a single and Perez doubled to right. Alex Gordon brought Moustakas home with a single to make it 5-1 Royals.
Paulo Orlando came off the bench and produced a sacrifice fly to score Perez, giving the Royals a 6-1 lead.
Escobar made it 7-1 with a triple just over the center fielder, scoring Gordon.
The series moves to New York for as many as three games starting Friday.
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