=== 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-
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-
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
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
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.
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
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