TORONTO -- Asked after Saturday's game if he was aware he had tied Kansas City's franchise record for a postseason hitting streak, Lorenzo Cain smirked and said, "Yep." In the third inning of the Royals' 11-8 loss in Game 3 of the American League Championship Series on Monday night at Rogers Centre, the center fielder surpassed it, reaching on an infield single to extend his streak to 12 games.
Cain's streak, which dates back to Game 4 of last year's World Series, breaks a mark previously held by Amos Otis, who hit safely in 11 straight postseason games from Oct. 4, 1978, to Oct. 19, 1980.
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Cain's third-inning single off Blue Jays starter Marcus Stroman put runners on the corners with one out. Eric Hosmer then drove in a run by beating out a potential inning-ending double play with a headfirst slide, cutting Kansas City's deficit to 3-2. Cain is batting .308 (28-for-91) with a home run and 12 RBIs since the start of the 2014 playoffs.
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