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             === Jays get by Royals with eighth-inning patience ===
 
 Toronto,  ON (Sports Network) - Brett Lawrie and Rajai Davis produced the lead
 and insurance runs courtesy of bases-loaded walks in the bottom of the eighth,
 as  Toronto slipped  past Kansas City, 4-2,  in the second edition of a three-
 game series.
 
 Josh  Thole  also drove  in a run,  while Jose Reyes  collected three hits and
 scored  once and  Edwin Encarnacion added a pair, including his 1,000th career
 hit, for the Blue Jays, who have won three in a row and five of six overall.
 
 R.A.  Dickey  (11-12) worked eight innings,  giving up seven hits and two runs
 with  six  strikeouts. Casey  Janssen kept  the visitors off  the board in the
 final frame for his 26th save.
 
 "I was able to change speeds a lot today. I was able to keep the ball down and
 get some outs with it," said Dickey. "Any time you can mess with the speeds in
 the  strike  zone, you're going  to have a better  chance of the opponent mis-
 hitting balls."
 
 Eric Hosmer and Alcides Escobar knocked in a run each for the Royals, who have
 dropped  both games  to  start the  set  after arriving  in  Canada with  five
 straight victories.
 
 Kelvin  Herrera (5-7) was charged with a pair of unearned runs while recording
 one  out in  the eighth for the loss. Jeremy Guthrie started, scattering eight
 hits and one run while fanning four over seven innings.
 
 Toronto  took the  lead  in the  eighth against  three  KC pitchers.  Munenori
 Kawasaki  reached on  a leadoff pinch-hit infield single against Herrera, then
 Reyes  singled  with one out.  With Will Smith on  the hill, Escobar botched a
 Ryan  Goins grounder, which plated Kawasaki for a 2-2 game. Encarnacion walked
 to  load  the bases  and Aaron  Crow came  on, but  after fanning Mark DeRosa,
 issued walks to Lawrie and Davis which forced in two more runs.
 
 "I just lost command. In that situation, it just can't happen," Crow offered.
 
 After  the  second base on  balls, which  included what was  a strike on a 3-0
 pitch  to Davis,  Royals manager  Ned  Yost was  tossed by  home plate  umpire
 Will  Little for  arguing balls and strikes,  and Tim Collins was called on to
 retire pinch-hitter J.P. Arencibia on a pop fly to right.
 
 "I  understand Crow  threw seven balls in  a row, but when you throw a strike,
 you get another opportunity. I'd seen enough. You just don't miss pitches like
 that," said Yost.
 
 Janssen  entered  in the ninth  and hit David Lough,  then served up a one-out
 pinch  single from  George Kottaras,  before Alex  Gordon fanned  swinging and
 Chris  Getz -- running for Kottaras -- was thrown out trying to steal third to
 end the game.
 
 "Casey does a good job of holding runners on," said Arencibia. "That gave me a
 chance  to throw  (Getz) out.  Much of  the battle  is about  being given  the
 chance."
 
 Escobar's  two-out RBI  single put  the  Royals on  the board  in the  second.
 Salvador  Perez worked  a one-out walk, moved up on Jarrod Dyson's two-out hit
 and scored when Escobar dumped a Dickey pitch into center.
 
 Emilio  Bonifacio began the  third with a triple and scored on a Hosmer single
 for a 2-0 edge.
 
 Guthrie  held the Jays  off the board into the seventh, but Davis doubled with
 two  down in  the frame and scored when  Thole followed with a base hit -- but
 Thole was erased at second to end the inning.
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 Toronto  has  won 11 of  its last  15 meetings with  the Royals dating back to
 2011,  including two of three at Kansas City earlier this year ... Despite the
 setback,  for  the first  time in  a non-strike season  since 1989, the Royals
 clinched  their  fourth winning month  out of the first  five of a year, going
 16-15  in  August ... In  2013, Kansas  City was 14-10  in April, 8-20 in May,
 16-11  for June and  15-10 in July ... The '89 campaign featured a 16-8 April,
 14-13  May, 14-12 June,  13-14 July and 21-8 August ... Hosmer posted his 50th
 multi-hit  effort  of the  season ...  Goins extended his  hit streak to eight
 games,  matching Jesse  Barfield  (1981)  for longest  to  begin  a career  in
 franchise history.
 
 
 08/31 18:15:40 ET