KANSAS CITY -- Royals manager Ned Yost's decision to start the eighth inning of Game 6 of the American League Championship Series with Ryan Madson on the mound, rather than closer Wade Davis while clinging to a two-run lead that was quickly erased, partly stemmed from impending rain, he implied on the FOX Sports 1 broadcast. Kansas City won, 4-3, to advance to the World Series for the second straight year.
The right-handed Madson yielded a leadoff base hit to Ben Revere to bring the potential tying run to the plate. Josh Donaldson stared down a called third strike, but Jose Bautista had no trouble connecting bat to ball, drilling an 0-1 fastball offering into the left-field stands for a game-tying home run while Davis loomed in the bullpen.
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Only after Madson issued an ensuing walk to Edwin Encarnacion did Yost turn to Davis, who had not pitched since Game 2, six days prior. Davis promptly induced a weak popup from Chris Colabello and struck out Troy Tulowitzki to halt Toronto's rally, but a 45-minute rain delay was put into effect thereafter.
Along with Madson, Kelvin Herrera was done for the night, having pitched 1 2/3 scoreless innings in relief of starter Yordano Ventura.
"This is kind of what I was hoping to stay away from, getting Wade in the ballgame and then raining," Yost told FOX Sports 1 during the delay. "So it was at a point where we had to do it, so Wade will come in."
The Royals have not lost when leading after six innings in the 2014 and '15 postseasons.
Jane Lee is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.