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Royals playoff memories: Oct. 13, 1985

Danny Jackson’s shutout in Game 5 of the 1985 AL Championship Series kept the Royals from being eliminated.
Danny Jackson’s shutout in Game 5 of the 1985 AL Championship Series kept the Royals from being eliminated. The Associated Press

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.

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.

Blair Kerkhoff: 816-234-4730, @BlairKerkhoff

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