The Kansas City Royals are headed to their first World Series since 1985 after defeating the Baltimore Orioles 2-1 on Wednesday to sweep the ALCS 4-0. The Royals scored both their runs on an error charged to Orioles catcher Caleb Joseph on a throw home off of a fielder’s choice hit by Eric Hosmer in the first inning. Joseph failed to control the ball and lost it as Alcides Escobar slid home safely. Nori Aoki also came home to score on the play. Ryan Flaherty brought the Orioles back within one with a solo-home run in the third inning, but that would be the O’s lone score. Lefty Jason Vargas started on the mound for the Royals, who became the first team in MLB-history to win eight straight games to open the postseason. Vargas allowed two hits and one run in 5 1/3 innings while earning the win. He also struck out six batters and walked three. Greg Holland earned the save for the Royals. The Orioles started well-rested pitcher Miguel Gonzales, who was credited with the loss. Gonzales had not pitched since September 28. Gonzales pitched 5 2/3 innings, allowing two runs – one earned - on four hits, while striking out four and walking four. The Royals will wait to face either the San Francisco Giants or St. Louis Cardinals in the Fall Classic. The Giants own a 2-1 lead in the NLCS through three games. MINNEAPOLIS -- Texas Rangers prospect Joey Gallo showed off his power with a soaring two-run homer in the sixth inning to give the U.S. team the lead for good in a 3-2 victory over the World squad Sunday at the All-Star Futures Game for baseballs best minor leaguers. Gallos one-out drive to right field off Houston Astros right-hander Michael Feliz was estimated at 419 feet. The 20-year-old third baseman for Double-A Frisco hit several other balls farther than that during a head-turning batting practice display at Target Field. Toronto Blue Jays prospect Dalton Pompey of Mississauga, Ont., was 2-for-4 with a run scored and a strikeout for the World team. The assumed successor for four-time All-Star Adrian Beltre with the Rangers, Gallo has 31 homers and 73 RBIs this season in 85 games. He followed a two-run homer in the top of the sixth by Javier Baez against Washington Nationals right-hander Lucas Giolito. With so many bad teams in recent seasons, the Chicago Cubs have been collecting a tantalizing bunch of potential stars, with Baez and Kris Bryant at the top of the list. Baez, the ninth overall pick in the 2011 draft, and Bryant, the second selection in 2013, comprise the left side of the infield for Triple-A affiliate Iowa. Bryant went 0 for 3 with two strikeouts while playing third base for the U.S team, which has won five straight Futures Games, raised its record to 10-6 since the exhibition was started in 1999. Until the Baez-Gallo home run derby that broke out in the sixth, this was much more of a showcase of pitching prospects, mirroring the major league trend toward more dominance on the mound and shrinking sluggingg percentages.dddddddddddd The first five U.S. pitchers tossed scoreless innings, starting with Henry Owens, the Double-A lefty for the Boston Red Sox. Minnesota Twins right-hander Alex Meyer, who could soon be pitching on the same mound for the big league team, needed only four pitches for the fourth. His fastball reached 97 mph. Meyer, acquired from the Nationals in a trade for centre fielder Denard Span, has 103 strikeouts in 89-plus innings for Triple-A Rochester. World team starter Jose Berrios, another Twins prospect, taken with the 32nd overall pick in the 2012 draft, struck out centre fielder Michael Taylor of the Nationals to start the game and pitched a 1-2-3 inning. Julio Urias, a native of Sinaloa, Mexico, currently at Class A Rancho Cucamonga for the Los Angeles Dodgers, became the youngest-ever Futures Game player. Urias, who will turn 18 next month, pitched a perfect fifth. He struck out Taylor with a 94 mph fastball. New York Mets right-hander Noah Syndergaard, who started the game last year at his future home, Citi Field, got the save. Twins fans in attendance also had World team first baseman Kennys Vargas to cheer, the David Ortiz clone who hit a double in four at-bats in the cleanup spot. The U.S. team was supervised by former Twins manager Tom Kelly, currently a special instructor for the organization.