Kansas City Royals' Alcides Escobar (2) is forced out as Baltimore Orioles catcher Nick Hundley takes the throw during the ninth inning of Game 1 of the American League baseball championship series Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Patrick
Patrick Semansky
October 11, 2014
Kansas City Royals' Alcides Escobar (2) is forced out as Baltimore Orioles catcher Nick Hundley takes the throw during the ninth inning of Game 1 of the American League baseball championship series Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Patrick
Patrick Semansky

BALTIMORE (AP) The Kansas City Royals and Baltimore Orioles headed to the 10th inning tied at 5 in the AL Championship Series opener.

The Royals led 4-0 in the third Friday night, then 5-1 in the fifth, before the Orioles pulled even in the sixth as a steady rain fell.

In the ninth, after midnight, Kansas City loaded the bases with no outs, but Eric Hosmer hit into a forceout at home, helped by catcher Nick Hundley's slick pickup at the plate, and Billy Butler grounded into a double play.

In these playoffs, the Royals became the first major league team to win three consecutive extra-inning postseason games. They beat the Athletics in the wild-card game in 12 innings, then won each of the first two games of their ALDS sweep of the Angels in 11.

Game 2 is scheduled for Saturday afternoon.

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