Orioles-Royals, Game 3: Did you know?

Orioles-Royals, Game 3: Did you know?

The Royals moved within one win of a World Series berth on Tuesday night with a 2-1 triumph over the Orioles in Game 3 of the American League Championship Series.

From yet another Royals player coming through with a late-game, go-ahead RBI to another dominating performance by the Kansas City bullpen, Tuesday's game had plenty of interesting facts and figures.

  Date   Recaps Highlights
Gm 1 Oct. 10   KC 8, BAL 6 (10 inn.) video
Gm 2 Oct. 11   KC 6, BAL 4 video
Gm 3 Oct. 14   KC 2, BAL 1 video
Gm 4 Oct. 15   KC 2, BAL 1 video

Here is a look at some of the more intriguing ones to come out of Game 3:

• The Royals are the 34th team to take a 3-0 lead in a best-of-seven series. Of the previous 33 teams to do so, 27 went on to complete the sweep in Game 4. Three others finished off the series in five games and two did so in six. The only series to make it to a Game 7 after one team led 3-0 was the 2004 ALCS, in which the Red Sox rallied from a 3-0 deficit to beat the rival Yankees in seven games.

• The Royals' 2-1 victory in Game 3 marked the 13th one-run game this postseason, already matching the single-season postseason record. There is still a minimum of seven more games -- and a maximum of 15 -- to be played this postseason.

• Kansas City on Tuesday night became the first American League team to win seven straight games to start a single postseason. Only two NL teams -- the 2007 Rockies and 1976 Reds -- have accomplished the feat. No team has ever won eight in a row to start a postseason run.

• The Royals have now won 10 straight postseason games, dating back to their last appearance in 1985. The 10-game run is good for the longest active streak in the Majors and is tied for the third-longest overall in postseason history, just two wins shy of the all-time record held by the Yankees.

• With his sixth-inning RBI sacrifice fly, designated hitter Billy Butler became the sixth different Royals player this postseason with a go-ahead RBI in the sixth inning or later. All other teams combined have just 10 players with at least one RBI beyond the sixth inning. The Royals' six such RBIs are also as many or more than four franchises -- the Rockies, Nationals, Marlins and Brewers -- have in their histories.

Butler's go-ahead sac fly

Video: Butler's go-ahead sac fly

• The Royals' bullpen dominated yet again in Game 3, this time to the tune of throwing four perfect innings. The 2011 Cardinals are the only other team whose bullpen tossed at least four innings in a postseason game without allowing a baserunner. They did so against the Brewers in Game 3 of the NLCS.

• That type of relief work is a major reason why the Royals are now 74-1, including the postseason, when leading after seven innings. They are 35-0 in those situations when playing at home.

• Royals starter Jeremy Guthrie made the most of his first career postseason start, allowing just one run and three hits over five innings. Guthrie had made 248 regular-season starts without ever pitching in the postseason, the fourth-highest total among active pitchers.

Guthrie holds Orioles to one

Video: Guthrie holds Orioles to one run

• Together, the bullpen and Guthrie combined to tie the Royals' franchise record for fewest hits allowed in a postseason game. Strangely enough, the only other time they held their opponent to three hits was actually in a loss. Despite allowing just three hits in Game 3 of the 1984 ALCS, the Royals were swept out of the postseason with a 1-0 loss to the Tigers.

Herrera strikes out Hundley

Video: Herrera strikes out Hundley

• The lone run allowed by Guthrie on Tuesday night came in the only early-game inning that he had pitched well in all season. Guthrie was tagged for a run on back-to-back doubles in the second inning, a frame in which he posted a 2.53 ERA during the regular season. He allowed just nine earned runs in the second inning over his 32 starts. As for the other early-game innings, Guthrie had a 5.06 ERA in the first, a 5.68 ERA in the third and a 5.52 mark in the fourth.

Hardy's RBI double

Video: Hardy's RBI double

• Guthrie and Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy engaged in a 14-pitch battle in the top of the fourth inning, with Hardy ultimately grounding out after fouling off eight two-strike pitches. It marked the longest at-bat of Hardy's career, easily more than his previous high of 12 pitches. For Guthrie, the 14 pitches matched his career-high for one at-bat. He also tossed 14 pitches to then-White Sox second baseman Gordon Beckham on Aug. 8, 2011. Beckham ultimately flied out.

• The 14-pitch showdown also tied for the fourth-longest postseason at-bat since they started tracking such data in 1974. Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler also worked a 14-pitch at-bat against Orioles starter Chris Tillman in Game 1 of the AL Division Series earlier this postseason. Prior to that, however, no postseason at-bat had lasted 14 or more pitches since 2004 when Red Sox outfielder Johnny Damon worked a playoff-record 16 pitches out of Yankees pitcher Jon Lieber in Game 2 of the ALCS.

• The Orioles lost Game 3 despite holding their first lead of the series. Hardy's RBI double in the second inning staked the Orioles to a 1-0 lead, but the Royals rallied to tie it in the fourth before taking a 2-1 lead in the sixth inning. That's the first time this series the Royals have had to play from behind, though they are still yet to trail at all on the road this entire postseason.

Paul Casella is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @paul_casella. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.