American League Game Summary - Toronto at Kansas City|
(Sunday, April 22nd)
Final Score: Toronto 5, Kansas City 3
Kansas City, MO (Sports Network) - Brett Lawrie knocked in two runs during a
four-run fifth inning and later stole home, as the Toronto Blue Jays held off
the Kansas City Royals, 5-3.
Jose Bautista and Yunel Escobar each added an RBI for the Blue Jays, who have
won the first three games of this four-game set.
Ricky Romero (3-0) gave up two runs on five hits over eight innings. He struck
out five and walked two.
"The defense has been tremendous for me all year and, in general, for the
whole team," Romero said. "I'm a guy that the hitters are going to hit ground
balls with. I rely on my defense a lot."
Alcides Escobar and Mike Moustakas each had an RBI for the Royals, who have
lost nine straight at home - longest in franchise history - and 10 in a row
Danny Duffy (1-2) allowed four runs on five hits over 4 2/3 innings to take
the loss. He fanned five and walked five.
Toronto wasted multiple scoring chances early on. With men on second and third
and two outs in the first inning, Colby Rasmus struck out swinging.
The Blue Jays had a runner on third with two outs in the second, when J.P.
Arencibia flied out.
Duffy gave up just one hit through the first four innings, but struggled in
the fifth. Rajai Davis doubled and Arencibia walked to begin the frame. Davis
stole third and scored on Yunel Escobar's single to right. Two batters later,
Bautista hit an RBI single up the middle. Edwin Encarnacion was intentionally
walked to load the bases. After Rasmus struck out swinging for the second out,
Lawrie hit a two-run single to right for a 4-0 margin.
"He (Duffy) couldn't get through the fifth inning because his pitch count was
so high," Royals manager Ned Yost said. "Baserunning gaffes. We ran the gamut
today in just about everything."
The Royals did manage to get two runs back in the home half of the inning.
Jeff Francoeur and Moustakas singled before Humberto Quintero walked to
load the bases. Alcides Escobar then grounded into a fielder's choice to plate
a run. Escobar's throwing error on the play allowed another run to score.
Jason Bourgeois and Alex Gordon grounded out to keep it 4-2.
The Blue Jays added an insurance run in the eighth. With runners on the
corners and two outs, Yunel Escobar stepped to the plate. Arencibia stole
second and the throw to second allowed Lawrie to steal home.
Francisco Cordero picked up his first save of the season, despite giving up a
run in the ninth. With one out, Yuniesky Betancourt walked and Jeff Francoeur
doubled. Betancourt scored when Moustakas' infield single deflected off
Cordero. Pinch-hitter Brayan Pena grounded into a double play to end the game.
Following Saturday night's game, the Blue Jays placed closer Sergio Santos on
the 15-day disabled list with right shoulder inflammation and recalled pitcher
Evan Crawford from Double-A New Hampshire...The Royals went 1-for-10 with
runners in scoring position and stranded five.
04/22 18:59:20 ET