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The game was scoreless until the bottom of the sixth when Lonnie Smith led off with a walk. Wilson followed with a hit-and-run single. First and third, none out, Brett up. He had already been intentionally walked in the first. After a discussion between manager Bobby Cox and Stieb, they decided to put him on again.
The ultimate compliment, walking the bases full rather than watching Brett crack the ball game open with his bat. At first the strategy seemed to have backfired when Stieb walked McRae to force in a run. But then he got Pat Sheridan on an infield pop-up and White to hit into a double play. The 1-0 lead held up until the ninth.
The Royals were three outs from tying the series. Then the incredible happened. The nearly unimaginable. Garcia, Toronto's leadoff hitter, walked. No one could remember the last time that Garcia had received a base on balls. "June?" guessed Moseby. "July maybe?" In 627 plate appearances this season, Garcia had walked only 15 times. "Anytime I see something white, I swing," said Garcia afterward. "One time I swing at the foul line because I see white. Someday maybe I swing at Frank White. The pitcher knows one thing: I'm going to use that lumber."
Moseby was up next. Always Moseby. He ripped a Leibrandt fastball into the gap in right center, which drove Garcia home all the way from first, tying the score. The Jays were alive and sensing the kill. Howser called for his ace, Quisenberry, but the Quiz was no mystery to Toronto for the second straight time in the series. Bell looped a soft liner to center to put runners on the corners, then pinch hitter Oliver hammered a "rising changeup" ("Strangest thing I've ever seen," Oliver said later) into the rightfield corner for a two-run double that completed the ninth-inning comeback. Henke got the 3-1 win, his second of the series.
In Sunday's Game 5, Royals southpaw Danny Jackson, 23, did Howser one better than a well-pitched, low-scoring game. He gave the Royals a shutout. Good thing, too. The anemic Royals managed just two runs against Toronto's Jim Key and Jimmy Acker. Brett drove in the eventual game-winner in the first inning on an infield out; the second run came across on Darryl Motley's sacrifice fly. The Blue Jays, meanwhile, squandered eight hits and a walk, leaving the bases loaded in the sixth and stranding runners on second and third with no one out in the fifth. Another rally was doused when Bell tried to go from first to third on a single to left with none out in the fourth, testing Smith's arm. Bell beat the throw, but—surprise!—umpire Dale Ford called him out. "We try to run as much as possible on certain outfielders' arms," said Cox. "I saw the replay, and he was safe. That might have been the ball game."
Bell suggested that maybe the umpires wanted to keep a Canadian team out of the Series. Something about television ratings. "I wish the Toronto team was American," he groused. "I think maybe this series be over already."
No rush, George. Did you ever stop to consider, maybe you're supposed to win this thing in Canada?