Key moments from Game 2 of the AL Championship Series

National anthem: Citizen Cope, a Washington-based singer and musician once dubbed "Washington's most soulful export since Marvin Gaye" gives a slowful rendition. Unlike most anthem singles who join fans in Maryland for their "O" moment, Cope waits until they're done to finish.

First pitch ceremony: Scott McGregor, whose shutout to clinch the 1983 World Series in five games over the Philadelphia Phillies marked the last time the Orioles won it all, certainly does better than Boog Powell did with similar duties before Game 1 on Friday. McGregor's toss reaches home plate on a fly.


Gametime: Orioles take the field at 4:06 p.m. The temperature is a crisp 57 degrees, matching the cool demeanor of Orioles manager Buck Showalter, whose response to a pregame question about added tension after his team's Game 1 loss is: "Yeah, can't you tell? God forbid, we might get down two. The world doesn't end."

First pitch: Bud Norris, who looked strong in his postseason debut in the clinching Game 3 of the American League Division Series against the Detroit Tigers, delivers a first-pitch strike to Alcides Escobar and then retires the Royals leadoff hitter by snagging a liner back to the mound.


First Royals runs: After Escobar lines out, the Royals string together three straight well-placed hits: a single by Nori Aoki between J.J. Hardy and Ryan Flaherty; a sliced double to right field by Lorenzo Cain and a broken-bat single over Hardy's head by Eric Hosmer that scores Aoki and Cain. Hosmer, who takes second on the throw home, is later stranded at third base when Norris strikes out Game 1 hero Alex Gordon looking.

First Orioles run: It comes before the first hit. After retiring the Orioles in order in the first, Royals starter Yordano Ventura walks three of the first four batters he faces in the second. Steve Pearce, who reaches on a force out, scores on a sacrifice fly by Caleb Joseph.

First Orioles hit (and next two Orioles runs): With one out in the third and the Royals leading, 3-1, Alejandro De Aza doubles down the right-field line. Adam Jones then takes a 2-0 fastball from Ventura into the left-field seats to tie the game. It's the first postseason home run for Jones.

First relief pitcher: After Norris scuffles through 4 1/3 innings and watches Mike Moustakas take him deep with two outs in the top of the fourth to help the Royals regain a 4-3 lead, Brad Brach comes in and promptly walks Hosmer on a 3-2 pitch. With Cain on second after a single and steal, Brach gets Butler to fly out and then strikes out Gordon on successive changeups.

Crucial at-bat: Trailing, 4-3, in the bottom of fifth, De Aza and Jones get back-to-back singles off Ventura. Cruz hits a deep shot that Escobar backhands at shortstop and is able to force Jones at second. While De Aza scores to tie the game at 4, the play stops a potential big inning as Pearce pops out to right field.