TORONTO -- The Kansas City Royals and Toronto Blue Jays both had plenty of opportunities to score runs Friday night. Dallas Cowboys Shirts
The Royals took advantage of their chances while the Blue Jays came up
Alex Gordon and Lorenzo Cain homered as Kansas City defeated Toronto 6-1
on a glorious spring evening at Rogers Centre. Jose Bautista went deep
for the Blue Jays, who left 14 men on base and were outhit 9-8.
Jason Vargas outduelled J.A. Happ in Kansas Citys second straight
victory over the Blue Jays, who had their nine-game winning streak end a
night earlier. Toronto (32-24) was a woeful 0 for 10 with runners in
"When you get on one of those hot streaks that we were on, we were
cashing those in," said Blue Jays manager John Gibbons. "But Vargas was
really, really good."
The Kansas City starter allowed seven hits and one earned run over six
innings. Gordon homered in the fourth and Cain added another two-run
shot in the eighth to knock Happ out of the game.
Despite the loss, Toronto maintained its 2 1/2-game lead on second-place
New York in the American League East division standings after the
Yankees dropped a 6-1 decision to Minnesota.
The Blue Jays entered this four-game series on an offensive tear, piling
up the runs over three straight series sweeps. The trick will be
keeping that win streak hangover to a minimum.
"When you win nine games in a row, you expect to come out the next day
and win," said Toronto catcher Erik Kratz. "That mentality hasnt changed
the last two nights. We were a couple inches away last night from
winning and tonight we were a couple hits away from being back in this
After the game, the Blue Jays announced that top prospect Marcus Stroman
had been recalled from triple-A Buffalo and would start Saturday
"We want to see him as a starter," Gibbons said. "Hes been really good
down there this year and this is his opportunity."
Toronto looked ready to do some damage in the first inning after
Jose Reyes led off with a triple and Bautista reached on a walk. But
like he did all night, Vargas snuffed out the threat.
"I feel something like that hopefully sets the tone for the game and
fires us up," he said. "We were able to get a run the next inning and
keep it moving from there."
Kansas City (26-28) padded its lead when Gordon smacked his fourth home
run of the season. That was more than enough offence for Vargas (5-2),
who allowed seven hits, one earned run and three walks while striking
Bautista gave the crowd of 21,543 a charge in the fifth with his 14th
home run of the season. Edwin Encarnacion followed with a two-out walk
but Brett Lawrie of Langley, B.C., struck out.
Happ (4-2) was tagged for six earned runs and nine hits over 7 2/3
innings. He walked two batters and had six strikeouts.
Toronto brought the potential tying run to the plate in the seventh
against reliever Aaron Crow. Bautista walked and Lawrie hit a two-out
single but Dioner Navarro flew out.
In the eighth, Cain tacked on some insurance runs with his second home
run of the season.
"This is more of the offence that we envisioned coming out of spring
training," said Royals manager Ned Yost. "Were not going to be a club
thats going to lead the league in home runs but weve got home run power
that we havent used."
Recent triple-A callup Bobby Korecky relieved Happ in the eighth and
retired the lone batter he faced.
With the bullpen in need of a rest, he stayed on for the ninth and
retired the Royals in order. Korecky was sent back down after the game.
Notes: Stroman pitched in a relief role earlier this season before being
stretched out again in Buffalo. The move also allows the Blue Jays to
give Drew Hutchison -- whos coming off Tommy John surgery -- a little
more rest. Hutchison will now start Tuesday. ... Bautista threw out a
runner at first base for the second straight night. Omar Infante hit a
flare into right field that he thought was going into the seats.
Bautista slid and trapped the ball after it bounced before getting
Infante in plenty of time at first base. "I dont know if youll see a
better play in baseball today than that play right there," Yost said.
"Omar hit the ball and lost it, he thought it was foul. For Bautista to
come, smother the ball, one, and then still see that he had a play at
first base, I dont think Ive ever seen a play like that. Tremendous
play." ... Encarnacion, who has hit 16 homers this month, walked three
times. ... The game took three hours one minute to play. ...
Right-hander Aaron Brooks (0-0) is scheduled to start Saturday for the
Royals. ... The Blue Jays have homered in 12 of their last 13 games. ...
Korecky has a microscopic 0.29 earned-run average with five saves in 22
games with the Bisons.
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Rockies manager Walt Weiss was unhappy, too.
Weiss addressed the issue in a 15-minute meeting with his pitcher and catcher after the Rockies gave up 14 hits and lost 10-1.
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