KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Kansas City Royals are moving on to the American League Championship Series after sweeping the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in three games in the American League Division Series. Unlike games one and two, the Royals didn't need extra innings Sunday night, and coasted to an 8-3 victory before a raucous crowd at Kauffman Stadium.
The Angels jumped ahead with Mike Trout's first and only hit of the series, which flew into the left field fountains for a 1-0 lead.
However, that lead was short-lived. A pair of singles by Lorenzo Cain and Norichika Aoki and a two-out walk by Billy Butler set the stage for Alex Gordon. The left fielder launched a hit into the left center gap that cleared the bases, including a lumbering Billy Butler, who scored all the way from first base. The Royals led 3-1 and would never look back.
Eric Hosmer pushed the lead to 5-1 with his second home run of the series in the bottom of the third inning. Another notable play in third happened after Billy Butler walked and then swiped second base for his first stolen base since early July of 2012.
Mike Moustakas answered an Albert Pujols home run with one of his own in the fourth inning and Alcides Escobar scored on a sacrifice fly to extend the Royals lead to 7-2 headed in to the latter innings.
After Pujols' home run, Royals pitching locked down the Angels like it did for the majority of the series. The Angels only mustered four hits and a single run through the last five innings. Lorenzo Cain didn't do the Angels any favors in center field, snagging two line drives off the bats of Pujols and Howie Kendrick in spectacular fashion.
For the series the Angels were mostly hapless, only hitting .170 as a team with only seven extra base hits, four of those were solo home runs. Furthermore, heavy hitters Trout, Pujols and Josh Hamilton combined to go 3 for 37 with a collective four RBIs.
Closer Greg Holland entered the game in the ninth and was his customary, unhittable self. After striking out Hank Conger and inducing a Kole Calhoun line out to second, Holland stuck out Trout to complete the sweep.
The Royals now face the Baltimore Orioles in the American League Championship Series. Game 1 is this coming Friday night and both time and starting pitchers have yet to be determined, for a full list of series dates, click on this link and scroll down to league championship series.