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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Runelvys Hernandez made the most of his chance to keep pitching.
"Let's not talk about the suspension," Hernandez said. "I don't feel good about that. I'm appealing, trying to get it down to one start."
Hernandez (8-9) was suspended Thursday by Major League Baseball for his role in last Sunday's bench-clearing brawl in a game between the Royals and Tigers. Hernandez hit Carlos Guillen in the head with a pitch, leading to the melee.
"I didn't pitch that bad, but I was much better in Detroit than today," Hernandez said. "I've got better games than today. Sometimes you have to make adjustments to throw the ball down."
Hernandez gave up three runs and seven hits in six innings. The right-hander, who missed all of last season after having elbow surgery, is 6-2 in his past eight starts. Twice he got Frank Catalanotto to ground into double plays to get out of trouble.
"I don't think Runelvys had his best stuff, but that's what makes him so effective," Royals catcher John Buck said. "He still does what it takes to get runners out. He gets double plays and gets himself out of holes. He just makes great pitches at great times."
Bench coach Bob Schaefer, acting as manager while Buddy Bell served a one-game suspension from the Detroit scuffle, removed Hernandez after 81 pitches.
"With the power arms in our bullpen and the heat, it was a no-brainer," Schaefer said. "It's not my win. It's Buddy's win. I'm just glad I didn't screw it up."
Andrew Sisco, Jeremy Affeldt and Mike MacDougal shut out the Blue Jays over the final three innings, with MacDougal pitching a perfect ninth for his 14th save in 16 opportunities.
Royals All-Star Mike Sweeney was taken to a hospital for X-rays after he was hit in the left hand by a pitch in the first inning. X-rays were negative, detecting only a bruise, and Sweeney is listed as day-to-day.
Blue Jays starter Pete Walker (3-3), who was looking for his first win since June 22, was pulled after 3 1/3 innings. He gave up five runs on four hits, three walks and a hit batter.
The Royals scored three runs in the first. David DeJesus led off with a single to extend his hitting streak to a season-high 13 games, Terrence Long walked and Walker beaned Sweeney to load the bases with none out.
Matt Stairs doubled to right, scoring DeJesus and Long. Emil Brown's groundout scored Sweeney.
"Right out of the chute I put a couple of guys on, a hit batsman and a walk," Walker said. "It's kind of frustrating. You want to make sure they put the ball in play and give yourself a chance that way. I put myself in a hole and they get a big hit, but I essentially gave it to them."
Buck hit his first career triple in the second and scored on DeJesus' sacrifice fly to make it 4-0. Buck's triple was aided when the ball boy in right field picked up the ball in foul territory as Alex Rios was chasing it.
"It'll probably be my last one," Buck said. "It took somebody not knowing the ball was fair or not for me to get a triple."
Will he tip the ball boy?
"No, I would have had an inside-the-park homer if he hadn't touched it," Buck joked.
Vernon Wells hit his 100th career home run in the Blue Jays' three-run third, a shot into the left-field stands with Catalanotto aboard. Orlando Hudson doubled and scored on Catalanotto's single for the first run.
"It's significant," Wells said of his milestone. "But I can't enjoy it as much given the situation that we lost."
Wells leads the American League with 21 RBI in July. That is also Wells' career high for a month, with eight games still remaining in July.
Buck's single in the fourth scored Mark Teahen, who led off the inning with a walk and advanced to second on Ruben Gotay's walk. Scott Downs replaced Walker and pitched three scoreless innings.
"Pete just struggled from the get-go," Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said. "That's the first time I've really seen that all year. The first inning he had difficulty, but we came back with three of our own, but you lose."
1B Eric Hinske converted an unassisted double play in the fourth inning, the 21st consecutive game the Blue Jays have turned a double play. They also turned double plays in the seventh and eighth innings. ... The temperature was 98 degrees for the first pitch. The last time the temperature was that high for a Kauffman Stadium game was Aug. 17, 2003. ... Royals LHP Brian Anderson had elbow ligament replacement surgery on Thursday and is out for nine to 12 months.
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|Toronto Blue Jays|
|Russ Adams, SS||3||0||1||0||1||0||2||.262|
|Frank Catalanotto, LF||3||1||1||1||0||0||2||.309|
|a- Reed Johnson, PH-LF||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||.271|
|Vernon Wells, CF||4||1||1||2||0||0||1||.279|
|Shea Hillenbrand, 3B||4||0||2||0||0||2||0||.299|
|Aaron Hill, DH||4||0||0||0||0||0||3||.320|
|Gregg Zaun, C||4||0||0||0||0||1||2||.283|
|Alex Rios, RF||4||0||0||0||0||0||1||.281|
|Eric Hinske, 1B||4||0||1||0||0||0||0||.240|
|Orlando Hudson, 2B||3||1||2||0||0||1||1||.263|
|a-singled for Catalanotto in the 8th|
|2B - Shea Hillenbrand (23, Ru. Hernandez), Orlando Hudson (17, Ru. Hernandez)|
|HR - Vernon Wells (19, Ru. Hernandez)|
|RBI - Frank Catalanotto (30), Vernon Wells 2 (59)|
|2-OUT RBI - Frank Catalanotto (14), Vernon Wells 2 (21)|
|Team LOB - 5|
|DP - Hinske, R. Adams-Hinske, Hudson-Hinske|
|Toronto Blue Jays|
|Pete Walker (L,3-3)||3.1||4||5||5||3||2||0||3.03|
|HBP - Sweeney (by Pete Walker)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Pete Walker 66-36, Scott Downs 41-24, Jason Frasor 13-11|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Pete Walker 5-3, Scott Downs 4-2, Jason Frasor 2-1|
|Batters Faced - Pete Walker 18, Scott Downs 11, Jason Frasor 4|
|Kansas City Royals|
|David DeJesus, CF||2||1||1||1||1||0||2||.298|
|Terrence Long, LF||3||1||1||0||1||1||0||.276|
|Mike Sweeney, DH||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||.305|
|a- Donnie Murphy, PH-DH||2||0||0||0||1||1||1||.333|
|Matt Stairs, 1B||4||0||2||2||0||0||1||.258|
|Joe McEwing, PR-1B||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.263|
|Emil Brown, RF||4||0||0||1||0||0||2||.288|
|Mark Teahen, 3B||3||1||0||0||1||0||2||.251|
|Angel Berroa, SS||3||0||0||0||0||2||2||.260|
|Ruben Gotay, 2B||2||0||0||0||1||0||0||.242|
|John Buck, C||3||1||2||1||0||0||0||.228|
|a-struck out for Sweeney in the 3rd|
|2B - Matt Stairs (13, Walker)|
|3B - John Buck (1, Walker)|
|SF - David DeJesus (4)|
|RBI - David DeJesus (45), Matt Stairs 2 (35), Emil Brown (43), John Buck (26)|
|Team LOB - 4|
|DP - Gotay-Berroa-Stairs, Ru. Hernandez-Berroa-Stairs|
|E - Mark Teahen (15, Wild throw)|
|Kansas City Royals|
|Runelvys Hernandez (W,8-9)||6||7||3||3||1||2||1||4.34|
|Andy Sisco (H,10)||0.2||1||0||0||0||1||0||2.56|
|Jeremy Affeldt (H,5)||1.1||1||0||0||0||1||0||2.55|
|Mike MacDougal (S,14)||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||3.35|
|WP - Jeremy Affeldt (4)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Runelvys Hernandez 81-50, Andy Sisco 19-11, Jeremy Affeldt 16-12, Mike MacDougal 18-9|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Runelvys Hernandez 4-10, Mike MacDougal 1-2|
|Batters Faced - Runelvys Hernandez 24, Andy Sisco 3, Jeremy Affeldt 5, Mike MacDougal 3|
|Attendance - 20958|
|Game Time - 2:37|
|Temperature - 98|
|Umpires - Home - Jerry Layne, First Base - Paul Emmel, Second Base - Tony Randazzo, Third Base - Ed Montague|