American League Game Summary - Toronto at Kansas City|
(Saturday, April 21st)
Final Score: Toronto 9, Kansas City 5
Kansas City, MO (Sports Network) - Colby Rasmus went deep twice and drove in
four runs and Edwin Encarnacion added a home run and three RBI, powering the
Blue Jays past the struggling Royals, 9-5, in the second meeting of a four-
Kansas City remains winless at home (0-8) -- the longest drought to start a
season in franchise history -- and has lost nine straight overall.
Rasmus and Encarnacion each had three of Toronto's 14 hits to back Drew
Hutchinson in his major league debut. The 21-year-old Hutchinson (1-0)
recorded his first win despite allowing five runs on eight hits and three
walks over 5 1/3 frames.
"I battled out there," Hutchinson admitted. "The offense did a great job and
the defense made some really great plays."
The Royals did not have enough firepower to survive Luis Mendoza's poor start
and subpar relief efforts by Everett Teaford and Kelvin Herrera. Mendoza was
charged with four runs on 10 hits in 3 1/3 innings, Teaford (0-1) gave up
three runs in his three-inning stint and Herrera served up a pair of home
Eric Hosmer and Alex Gordon each homered and Alcides Escobar went 4-for-4 in
Kansas City went ahead 5-4 following a four-run fifth inning, but the lead was
short-lived after Brett Lawrie began the sixth with a single and trotted home
when Rasmus blasted a screaming line drive into the right-field seats.
Darren Oliver stranded runners on the corners in the bottom half by striking
out Mitch Maier and getting Yuniesky Betancourt to hit a sinking liner that
was caught by Jose Bautista in right.
Herrera wasn't as effective in relief in the away seventh, entering with one
on and one out and promptly serving up Encarnacion's fourth home run of the
season. Rasmus came up two batters later and slugged another homer to right.
Oliver and Carlos Villanueva combined to keep the Royals in check the rest of
In the first inning, Gordon welcomed Hutchinson to the big leagues by finding
the first row of seats in center field for his second home run of the season.
Mendoza was roughed up for four runs in the fourth, which began with Adam Lind
doubling to right and scoring on Encarnacion's one-out base hit. The next four
hitters all singled to chase Mendoza, with Rasmus, J.P. Arencibia and Yunel
Escobar all driving in runs.
"Mendoza's stuff went in streaks. He would throw some good pitches with nice
down action and pretty good sink to his fastball. Then he threw some pitches
that were flat," Royals manager Ned Yost said. "They're (the Jays) mostly dead
pull hitters and you've got to keep the ball down in the zone and work it on
the ground. It wasn't his best start."
Bautista lined into a double play with the bases loaded to end the inning, and
the Royals responded with four runs of their own in the fifth.
Maier hit a stand-up triple into the right-field gap to plate Alcides Escobar
and scored on Betancourt's single up the middle. Hosmer's two-run blast later
in the inning landed in the seats in right-center, just short of the
The Blue Jays improved to 8-6 on the young season...The last Blue Jays starter
to win his MLB debut was Ricky Romero on April 9, 2009. Romero will pitch
Sunday opposite KC's Danny Duffy...Hutchinson, a 15th-round pick of the Blue
Jays in the 2009 draft, had made three starts at New Hampshire of the Double-A
Eastern League before getting his contract purchased...Rasmus recorded his
third career multi-home run game...Kansas City reliever Greg Holland, who
suffered the loss in the opener of this series, was placed on the 15-day
disabled list before the game. Pitcher Jeremy Jeffress was recalled from
Triple-A Omaha to take his place on the roster.
04/21 23:53:30 ET