Key moments from Game 3 of the American League Championship Series

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Starting nod: Orioles pitcher Miguel Gonzalez arrives in the media interview room at 6:15 p.m. ET to talk about his tentatively scheduled start in Game 4. Of course, Buck Showalter had said minutes earlier that Gonzalez would only start Wednesday if he wasn't needed as a reliever in Game 3.

Introducing the Orioles: The Orioles are introduced at 7:40 p.m., and each member of the team looks about about 50 feet tall on the giant Kauffman Stadium vertical videoboard.


National anthem: Saxophonist Michael Phillips performs.

Ceremonial first pitch: Hall of Fame third baseman George Brett throws out the first pitch. Brett played in high school with Orioles pitching great Scott McGregor, who threw out the ceremonial first pitch before Game 2 at Camden Yards.


Good start for Royals: Former Orioles starter Jeremy Guthrie retires the Orioles in order on just 10 pitches in the top of first inning, and he receives a big ovation when he strikes out Adam Jones for the third out.

First hit, no surprise: The first hit of the game is delivered by — who else — Royals center fielder Lorenzo Cain, who is safe on an infield single.

First Orioles lead of series: The Orioles take the lead for the first time in this Amercan League Championship Series when Steve Pearce and J.J. Hardy deliver back-to-back, one-out doubles in the top of the second inning.

Big out: Orioles starter Wei-Yin Chen gives up a leadoff single in the bottom of the third inning, but he retires hot-hitting Mike Moustakas on a double play one batter later.

Defensive gem: Pearce leads off the fourth inning with a sizzling line drive that appears headed into left field for at least a single, but Moustakas robs him of the hit with a spectacular diving catch.

Quality at-bat: Hardy makes Guthrie throw 14 pitches before hitting a groundout to third base, running Guthrie's pitch count to 71 with two outs in the fourth inning.

Small ball, again: The Royals go back to their old tricks, getting back-to-back soft hits with one out in the bottom of the fourth inning to help set up their first run. Alex Gordon brings Cain home with a bases-loaded groundout to tie the score at 1-1.

Strong relief: Jason Frasor starts the sixth inning in relief of Guthrie, who gives up one run and three hits and leaves with a no-decision. Guthrie threw 94 pitches, including 63 strikes, in his first postseason start.


Go-ahead run: Kevin Gausman replaces Chen with two on and one out in the bottom of the sixth inning and gives up a sacrifice fly to Billy Butler that puts the Royals in front, 2-1. Chen pitched 5 2/3 innings, allowing two runs and seven hits.