American League Game Summary - Toronto at Kansas City|
(Friday, April 20th)
Final Score: Toronto 4, Kansas City 3
Kansas City, MO (Sports Network) - Jose Bautista knocked in the go-ahead
run in Toronto's three-run eighth inning, as the Blue Jays kept the Royals
winless at Kauffman Stadium with a 4-3 victory in the opener of a four-game
Toronto rallied against reliever Greg Holland (0-2) to extend Kansas City's
franchise-worst start at home to 0-7. The Royals have dropped eight in a row
J.P. Arencibia went 2-for-3 and drove in two runs for the Blue Jays, who
were coming off a 4-5 homestand.
Luis Perez (2-0) pitched 1 2/3 scoreless innings to earn the win behind
Kyle Drabek, who allowed four hits and six walks over 5 1/3 innings, but
limited the Royals to two runs -- one coming on Mike Moustakas' home run.
Kansas City's Luke Hochevar, whose start was pushed back so he could rest
a sore ankle, pitched an effective five innings, allowing one run on two
hits and two walks while fanning five.
He exited with a 2-1 lead that held up before Holland's forgettable appearance
in the eighth. Colby Rasums greeted the reliever with a double and scored on
Arencibia's base hit up the middle.
After Yunel Escobar walked, Holland was called for a balk to open up first
base, and the Blue Jays opted to intentionally walk Kelly Johnson to face the
The two-time reigning home run champion responded by going the other way with
an outside pitch for a single, plating the go-ahead run.
Jose Mijares mercifully relieved Holland and limited the Blue Jays to one more
run on Edwin Encarnacion's sacrifice fly.
Francisco Cordero worked around a leadoff walk in the home eighth, but closer
Sergio Santos gave up a run in the ninth before closing the door for his
Alcides Escobar doubled with one away and scored on Yuniesky Betancourt's two-
out base hit. Chris Getz pinch-ran for Betancourt and stole second to get in
scoring position, but Eric Hosmer, who lined into a triple play earlier in the
game, grounded out weakly to second to end the game.
In the top of the second, Moustakas robbed Encarnacion of a base hit, and in
the bottom half drove a Drabek offering into the bullpen beyond the right-
field wall for the game's first run.
A rarity for both teams occurred in the third when Hosmer lined into a triple
play. Blue Jays first baseman Adam Lind caught the ball on the fly near his
cleats, tagged first base to force out Betancourt, then threw to second to nab
Alex Gordon sliding back to the bag.
"It was so fast it was over," Lind said.
It was the first time the Blue Jays turned a triple play since 1979, the same
year the Royals last hit into a triple play.
"It was a fastball in right there. I saw it good and put a good swing on it.
The result wasn't was I was hoping," Hosmer mused.
Undaunted, Kansas City added a run in the fourth when Jeff Francoeur raced
home from third after Arencibia couldn't handle Drabek's 60-foot slider in the
Arencibia got the run back in the fifth with a base hit in front of center
fielder Mitch Maier to bring in Eric Thames from second base.
Before the game, the Royals traded minor league hurler Zach Miner to the
Detroit Tigers for cash considerations...Hochevar was selected with the first
pick in the 2006 draft, and Drabek was taken 17 picks later...The Royals went
1-for-9 with runners in scoring position, stranding nine.
04/21 01:59:21 ET