The Royals trailed the Toronto Blue Jays 3-1 in the AL Championship Series, and Game 5 was set for Kauffman Stadium. Lose and the postseason dream would end for the Royals.
Left-handed pitcher Danny Jackson made sure that didn’t happen.
Jackson went the distance in a 2-0 victory. The Royals scored in each of the first two innings on a George Brett ground-out and a Darryl Motley sacrifice fly.
That was enough for Jackson, who worked out of a jam with runners on second and third and no outs in the fifth. He struck out six and walked one in the game.
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It was the first postseason start for Jackson, who made playoff appearances for four other teams and finished with a 4-3 career record. But his debut was the best, keeping the Royals alive and sending the ALCS back to Toronto.