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Friday, October 21, 2005
Cardinals get Royally screwed as KC rallies
By Larry Schwartz
Special to

Oct. 26, 1985

The Kansas City Royals aren't booing this umpire. Taking advantage of a blown call by first-base umpire Don Denkinger in the ninth inning, the Royals rally for a 2-1 victory over the Cardinals in Game 6 to even the World Series at three wins each.

St. Louis leads 1-0 in Kansas City when pinch-hitter Jorge Orta grounds to first baseman Jack Clark, who tosses to pitcher Todd Worrell covering the bag. When Denkinger calls Orta safe, St. Louis is singing the blues.

"The whole inning was screwed up when they missed the call," says Cardinals manager Whitey Herzog, who heatedly disagrees with Denkinger. "The American League umpires are prejudiced against us."

Worrell says, "Orta's foot hit my heel, and I had the ball by then. The umpire said something about how my foot came up off the base, but I'm told the TV replays showed that Orta was out by a half-step."

After Denkinger's mistake, Clark fails to catch a pop foul and the Royals go on to load the bases with one out. Pinch-hitter Dane Iorg fulfills his childhood dream of winning a World Series game in the bottom of the ninth with a two-run single.

The next day, the Royals will win the Series with an 11-0 victory.

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