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1985 World Series vs. Cardinals

Kansas City rallied from 2-0 and 3-1 deficits to capture their first world championship by defeating the St. Louis Cardinals in the "I-70 Series"...the Royals became the first club in the 82-year history of the Fall Classic to lose their first two games at home and come back to win the title...KC was only the fifth team on record to come back from a 3-1 deficit and win the Series...the Royals became the first AL expansion club to win a world championship and the 2nd expansion team overall, joining the New York Mets...KC's talented and youthful pitching staff held the Major League's best hitting club to 13 runs and a batting average of .185 -- the lowest ever in a seven-game World Series...George Brett, Willie Wilson, Lonnie Smith and Steve Balboni all hit over .300 during the Series...Bret Saberhagen earned Most Valuable Player honors with two wins and a 0.50 ERA.

Game 1

John Tudor and Todd Worrell combined on an eight-hitter...the Cardinals turned a leadoff walk and a one-out ground out in the third inning into their first run, a Cesar Cedeno run-scoring double in the fourth and then a misplayed line drive by Lonnie Smith into the final run in the ninth...the Royals tried a suicide squeeze (Buddy Biancalana failed to connect) and Darryl Motley was out at the plate...they tried scoring Jim Sundberg from third on a Steve Balboni pop up, but Terry Pendleton made an over-the-shoulder catch and a perfect throw to the plate.

 Game 1 • at Kansas City • Saturday, Oct. 19
Cardinals 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 - 3 7 1
Royals 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 - 1 8 0
TUDOR, Worrell (7) and Porter; JACKSON, Quisenberry (8), Black (9) and Sundberg; HR: none. T-2:48  A-41,650.
Game 2

Charlie Leibrandt limited the Cardinals to two hits through eight innings, but St. Louis struck for four runs in the ninth to take a 2-0 lead in the Series...the Cardinals became the first team since the Yankees in the '39 Series to come back from a 2-0 deficit in the ninth inning...the Cards strung together a Series-record three doubles, the last of which was Pendleton's two-out, bases-loaded shot.

 Game 2 • at Kansas City • Sunday, Oct. 20
Cardinals 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 - 4 6 0
Royals 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 - 2 9 0
Cox, DAYLEY (8), Lahti (9) and Porter; LEIBRANDT, Quisenberry (9), and Sundberg;  HR: none.  T-2:44  A-41,656.
Game 3

Bret Saberhagen allowed six singles en route to giving the Royals their first victory of the Series...KC's offense collected 11 hits, including a two-run home run and a run-scoring double by Frank White...after Lonnie Smith's two-run double put the Royals ahead 2-0 in the fourth, White unloaded a two-run round-tripper in the fifth...Saberhagen survived a Cardinal rally in the first...with the runners going from first and second on a full-count to Jack Clark, Sabes got a called third strike and Sundberg threw out Willie McGee for an inning-ending double play.

 Game 3 • at St. Louis • Tuesday, Oct. 22
Royals 0 0 0 2 2 0 2 0 1 - 6 11 0
Cardinals 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 - 1 6 0
SABERHAGEN and Sundberg; ANDUJAR, Campbell (5), Horton (6), Dayley (8) and Porter.  HR: White.  T-3:00 A-53,634.
Game 4

Tito Landrum and McGee each hit bases-empty home runs to back Tudor's second consecutive brilliant outing to give the Cards a 3-1 advantage in the Series...in addition to the home runs, KC starter Bud Black was victimized by a squeeze play on a full-count to Tom Nieto, who laid the bunt down scoring Pendleton, who had tripled...Tudor, meanwhile, tossed but 106 pitches.

 Game 4 • at St. Louis • Wednesday, Oct. 23
Royals 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 - 0 5 1
Cardinals 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 x - 3 6 0
BLACK, Beckwith (6), Quisenberry (8) and Sundberg; TUDOR and Nieto. HR: Landrum, McGee.  T-2:19  A-53,634.
Game 5

Danny Jackson stuffed a cork in the Cardinals offense and their celebration hopes with a five-hitter and Willie Wilson keyed an early Royals uprising to force the Series back to Kansas City...D.J. retired the Redbirds in order five times...Wilson stroked a two-run triple to highlight a three-run second  inning that sent Cardinal starter Bob Forsch to the showers...the St. Louis bullpen shutdown the Royals until the eighth and ninth when KC scored single runs.

 Game 5 • at St. Louis • Thursday, Oct. 24
Royals 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 - 6 11 2
Cardinals 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 - 1 5 1
JACKSON and Sundberg; FORSCH, Horton (2), Campbell(4), Worrell (6) Lahti (8) and Nieto;  HR: none.  T-2:52 A-53,634.
Game 6

For the first time in the '85 season the Cardinals did not win a game when they led entering the ninth inning...St. Louis went into the ninth with a 1-0 lead thanks to a bloop run-scoring single by Brian Harper...having guarded all of their previous 88 ninth-inning leads, the Cardinals fell prey to a little bit of fate and Dane Iorg's timely two-run single...a controversial call at first, a misplayed pop-up by Clark,  a passed ball by Darrell Porter, an intentional walk to Hal McRae and Iorg's one-out dramatic hit to right and the Royals were winners.

 Game 6 • at Kansas City • Saturday, Oct. 27
Cardinals 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 - 1 5 0
Royals 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 - 2 10 0
Cox, Dayley (8), WORRELL (9) and Porter; Leibrandt, QUISENBERRY  (8) and Sundberg. HR: none. T-2:48 A-41,628.
Game 7

Saberhagen tossed a five-hitter, Motley blasted a two-run homer and the Royals beat the Cardinals climaxing one of the greatest comebacks in World Series history...it was the third-highest run total and most lopsided victory in the 176 games the Royals played during the season...Tudor suffered his earliest exit of the year...the Royals tied a Series record by scoring six times in the fifth, Whitey Herzog and Joaquin Andujar were ejected and the Cards tied a Series mark by using five pitchers in the inning.

 Game 7 • at Kansas City • Saturday, Oct. 26
Cardinals 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 - 0 5 0
Royals 0 2 3 0 6 0 0 0 x - 11 14 0
TUDOR, Campbell (3), Lahti (5), Horton (5), Andujar (5), Forsch (5), Dayley (7) and Porter; SABERHAGEN and Sundberg. HR: Motley. T-2:46 A-41,658 (327,494).