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Guthrie wins with no strikeouts or walks
Jeremy Guthrie is the first pitcher to start and win a postseason game without striking out a batter since the Dodgers' Andy Messersmith did so in the 1974 NLCS against the Pirates. No pitcher had done that in the World Series since 1960, when the Yankees' Bob Turley defeated the Pirates at Forbes Field, throwing 8¿ innings in a 16-3 victory. Guthrie is the only pitcher in major-league history to start and win a postseason game without issuing a walk or recording a strikeout.
But it was a "five-and-fly" victory for Guthrie and it took four innings of scoreless and hitless pitching by the Royals' bullpen to preserve Kansas City's 3-2 win. Only one other team's relievers in World Series history pitched four or more innings without allowing a hit or a run in a win. The Blue Jays' relief corps did that by throwing 4¿ innings in Game Two of the 1992 Series against the Braves, while Toronto's offense overcame a 4-2 deficit in a 5-4 triumph.
Escobar leads off the game with a first-pitch double
Alcides Escobar smacked the first pitch of the game for a double and came around to score on a groundout to give the Royals a lead they never surrendered in Friday night's win over the Giants. Escobar, who connected for a first-pitch RBI double in the Royals' victory on Wednesday night, has three extra-base hits on the first pitch of an at-bat in this postseason, tying him with Matt Carpenter for the most by any player. Escobar registered only one extra-base hit on the first pitch of an at-bat over his final 102 games of this regular season.
Iginla's 102 multi-goal games rank second among active players
Jarome Iginla scored his first two goals for the Avalanche in Colorado's 7-3 victory against the Canucks. It was the 102nd multiple-goal game of Iginla's NHL career, which ranks him second among active players, behind Jaromir Jagr (120). Iginla notched his first 94 multi-goal games for the Calgary Flames, and he had seven for the Boston Bruins.
Benn is first to score goals in five straight team games this season
Jamie Benn became the first NHL player to score goals in five consecutive team games this season when he tallied the first goal for the Stars in their 3-2 shootout win over the Devils in Newark. Over the past three seasons the only goal-scoring streaks of at least five games by Dallas players were a five-game skein by Michael Ryder in December 2011 and Benn's own five-game streak last season (Jan. 23-Feb. 1).
Drouin scores first career goal
Tampa Bay rookie Jonathan Drouin scored the first goal of his NHL career in the Lightning's 4-2 victory over the Jets in Winnipeg. The 19-year-old Drouin, who was the third overall pick in the 2013 Entry Draft, became the fourth teenager to score a goal in an NHL game this season, following the Capitals' Andre Burakovsky, the Blue Jackets' Marko Dano and the Panthers' Aleksander Barkov. A little later on Friday night the Oilers' Leon Draisaitl tallied his first NHL goal (in Edmonton's game versus Carolina), making him the fifth teenage goal-scorer this season.