The Royals hoped to start the game at a quick pace, scoring quickly on the Blue Jays and taking the lead before Toronto could get the upper hand.
To start the game, Ben Revere doubled off a 1-1 pitch. Ventura was able to pull himself together, though. He followed up by sitting the next three Toronto batters, recording a strikeout, flyball and groundout. In the bottom of the first, the Kansas City Royals looked to get things started quickly.
Alcides Escobar started off the game with a groundout. Following Escobar, Ben Zobrist stepped to the plate and launched a home run into the stands. Price, not wanting the game to get away from him was able to close out the first with two more groundouts from Royals batters.
In the top of the second, Ventura continued strong, retiring all three Blue Jays he faced. For the Royals, the bottom of the second was deja vu. Kendrys Morales stepped to the plate first and hit a flyball out. To follow, Mike Moustakas drove a home run to right-center, extending the Royals lead to 2-0. Price again was able to hold the Royals to one run, striking out the next two batters he faced.
In the third inning, Ventura again looked good on the mound. He sat down three Toronto batters in order, retiring his ninth batter in a row. Price took the mound hoping to lock things down. He started the inning well, recording two outs. Following his second out to Escobar, Price gave up a walk to Zobrist and a single to Lorenzo Cain. Unable to move the line, Eric Hosmer gave up the final out. Price was able to keep the Royals from scoring in the third, holding the score at 2-0.