Kansas City at Toronto

W: M. Batista (2-0) L: A. Burgos (1-2)
HR: KC - M. Stairs (4), E. Brown (4)   TOR - S. Hillenbrand (4), C. Koskie (7)

Blue Jays add to Royals' miseries after Pena quits

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports

TORONTO -- The Kansas City Royals were no better with a new manager.

Alex Rios hit a go-ahead double, and the Toronto Blue Jays scored five times in the eighth inning to rally past Kansas City 12-9 on Wednesday.

Less than 24 hours after manager Tony Pena resigned, the Royals dropped to a major league-worst 8-26. Kansas City had a season-high 16 hits in its first game under Bob Schaefer, but it wasn't enough.

"We still lost," said Matt Stairs, who homered and drove in three runs. "We've been in this situation before, where we've gone out and swung the bat well and the next day we've struggled. That's what makes it frustrating."

The Royals issued 11 walks, their most since they walked 14 on June, 10, 2002, against Florida.

Toronto rallied in the eighth on Corey Koskie's solo homer off Ambiorix Burgos (1-2), Rios' two-run double, Ken Huckaby's run-scoring bunt and Orlando Hudson's RBI double.

Shea Hillenbrand homered and drove in four runs for the Blue Jays, who swept the three-game series.

Stairs and Emil Brown hit consecutive homers off Scott Schoeneweis in the seventh to give Kansas City a 9-7 lead. Stairs' homer was a two-run shot.

Pena called Stairs after stepping down late Tuesday night following a 3-1 loss in Toronto. Before Wednesday's game, Stairs said Pena's resignation should serve as a wake-up call.

"If guys think it's going to be so easy from here on out, and continue playing the way we are, they have another thing coming," Stairs said.

Stairs went 3-for-4 with a walk for the Royals, who have lost 17 of 20. Schaefer, who had been the team's bench coach, replaced Pena on an interim basis.

"I had to pay attention," Schaefer joked. "I'm a little rusty, but I enjoyed it."

Miguel Batista (2-0) pitched 1 1/3 innings for the victory.

"It wasn't the greatest win, but we won and that's all that counts," Koskie said.

Schaefer changed the lineup by making Angel Berroa the leadoff hitter, and dropping David DeJesus to second ahead of Mike Sweeney.

The move worked as Toronto starter Dave Bush hit Berroa with the second pitch of the game before DeJesus hit an RBI double. Sweeney struck out, but Stairs followed with an RBI single.

Kansas City starter Denny Bautista walked the first batter he faced -- Hudson -- before Frank Catalanotto singled. Hillenbrand homered to left, giving Toronto a 3-2 lead.

Berroa's RBI double and DeJesus' run-scoring single put Kansas City ahead in the second.

Plate umpire Tom Hallion warned Bautista and both dugouts after Bautista hit Hillenbrand with a pitch in the third. Eric Hinske followed with an RBI double, and Vernon Wells hit a run-scoring single, giving Toronto a 5-4 lead.

Koskie's RBI double and Hillenbrand's run-scoring single made it 7-4 in the fourth.

Mark Teahen's two-run single off Pete Walker cut it to 7-6 in the fifth.


  • Schaefer said Pena wasn't himself the last month as the losses piled up. "It just got to him. He took a lot of it personally, thinking it was all his fault," Schaefer said. "I really wasn't surprised because it was beating him up."
  • The Royals went 3-9 on their 12-game road trip. They open a 10-game homestead Thursday against Tampa Bay.
  • Hudson tied a team record with four walks, done seven times previously.
  • Bautista left in third inning with right shoulder tightness. He allowed five runs, five hits and five walks in 2 1/3 innings.
  • Toronto purchased LHP Scott Downs' contract from Triple-A Syracuse and sent reliever Matt Whiteside outright to Syracuse.
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Royals interim manager Bob Schaefer walks on to the field during the eighth inning.  (AP)
Royals interim manager Bob Schaefer walks on to the field during the eighth inning. (AP)

Players of the Game

S. Hillenbrand
AB 3
R 3
H 3
HR 1
Kansas City

M. Stairs
AB 4
R 2
H 3
HR 1

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Kansas City Royals
Angel Berroa, SS4231000 .246
David DeJesus, CF5232012 .276
Mike Sweeney, 1B5010023 .328
Matt Stairs, DH4233100 .273
Emil Brown, RF5111014 .208
Eli Marrero, LF3110211 .197
Mark Teahen, 3B5122012 .268
Alberto Castillo, C3010111 .172
   a- Terrence Long, PH1000001 .198
Ruben Gotay, 2B4010004 .202
a-grounded into a double play for Castillo in the 9th
2B - Angel Berroa (6, Bush), David DeJesus 2 (4, Bush, Chulk), Eli Marrero (3, Walker), Alberto Castillo (2, Bush), Ruben Gotay (3, Bush)
HR - Matt Stairs (4, Schoeneweis), Emil Brown (4, Schoeneweis)
RBI - Angel Berroa (10), David DeJesus 2 (12), Matt Stairs 3 (11), Emil Brown (7), Mark Teahen 2 (3)
2-OUT RBI - Angel Berroa (4), David DeJesus (5), Mark Teahen 2 (3)
CS - Angel Berroa (4, 2nd base by Frasor/Huckaby), Mark Teahen (1, 2nd base by Walker/Huckaby)
Team LOB - 8
DP - Gotay-Berroa-Sweeney, Gotay-Berroa-Sweeney
E - Alberto Castillo (1, Wild pickoff attempt), Mark Teahen (3, Misplayed grounder,)
Kansas City Royals
Denny Bautista 2.1555501 5.80
Mike MacDougal 1.2222120 4.60
Jaime Cerda 2000220 6.55
Andy Sisco (H,2) 1000320 1.66
Ambiorix Burgos (BS,1; L,1-2) 0.1554001 6.43
Leo Nunez 0.2000000 0.00
HBP - Hillenbrand (by Denny Bautista)
Pitches-Strikes - Denny Bautista 71-35, Mike MacDougal 41-25, Jaime Cerda 45-29, Andy Sisco 41-23, Ambiorix Burgos 21-15, Leo Nunez 3-2
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Denny Bautista 3-2, Mike MacDougal 1-2, Jaime Cerda 2-2, Andy Sisco 1-0, Ambiorix Burgos 3-0, Leo Nunez 1-0
Batters Faced - Denny Bautista 16, Mike MacDougal 8, Jaime Cerda 8, Andy Sisco 6, Ambiorix Burgos 8, Leo Nunez 1
Toronto Blue Jays
Orlando Hudson, 2B2211411 .266
Frank Catalanotto, LF3110001 .287
   a- Reed Johnson, PH-LF3000014 .296
Corey Koskie, DH5222002 .258
Shea Hillenbrand, 3B3334100 .370
Eric Hinske, 1B4221112 .281
Vernon Wells, CF4121101 .216
Alex Rios, RF4112101 .288
Russ Adams, SS2000112 .259
   b- John McDonald, PH-SS1000102 .314
Ken Huckaby, C3001125 .214
a-grounded out for Catalanotto in the 6th
b-walked for R. Adams in the 7th
2B - Orlando Hudson (6, Burgos), Corey Koskie (5, MacDougal), Eric Hinske (8, D. Bautista), Alex Rios (6, Burgos)
HR - Corey Koskie (7, Burgos), Shea Hillenbrand (4, D. Bautista)
SH - Ken Huckaby (2)
RBI - Orlando Hudson (13), Corey Koskie 2 (16), Shea Hillenbrand 4 (17), Eric Hinske (20), Vernon Wells (11), Alex Rios 2 (19), Ken Huckaby (3)
Team LOB - 11
Outfield Assists - Frank Catalanotto 1
DP - Hudson-McDonald-Hinske
E - Vinnie Chulk (1, Wild pickoff attempt)
Toronto Blue Jays
Dave Bush 3.2744030 5.02
Pete Walker 1.1322100 2.30
Vinnie Chulk (H,3) 1.1111020 3.18
Scott Schoeneweis (BS,2)0222002 6.97
Jason Frasor 1.1300220 3.60
Miguel Batista (W,2-0) 1.1000100 1.72
HBP - Berroa (by Dave Bush)
WP - Miguel Batista (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Dave Bush 74-49, Pete Walker 27-14, Vinnie Chulk 17-13, Scott Schoeneweis 7-5, Jason Frasor 30-17, Miguel Batista 16-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Dave Bush 4-3, Pete Walker 1-2, Vinnie Chulk 1-1, Miguel Batista 2-1
Batters Faced - Dave Bush 18, Pete Walker 7, Vinnie Chulk 5, Scott Schoeneweis 2, Jason Frasor 8, Miguel Batista 4
Game Information
Attendance - 24402
Game Time - 3:47
Temperature - 70
Umpires - Home - Tom Hallion, First Base - Jerry Meals, Second Base - Hunter Wendelstedt, Third Base - Mike Winters