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TORONTO -- The Kansas City Royals uncharacteristically recovered after one of their worst innings of the season.
Andres Blanco hit a go-ahead single in the eighth inning, and the Royals rebounded after allowing six unearned runs in the seventh to beat the Toronto Blue Jays 7-6 on Saturday.
Down 5-0, Toronto scored six times after Kansas City committed two errors on what should have been double-play grounders. Blanco, the second baseman, bobbled a ball for the first one and shortstop Angel Berroa failed to backhand a grounder for the second error.
Besides a run on Berroa's error, the Royals scored on Guillermo Quiroz's RBI single, Reed Johnson's run-scoring walk and Frank Catalanotto's three-run double.
"When we do things like that we don't usually come back," Kansas City manager Buddy Bell said. "So it was nice to come back, especially in that next inning."
Mark Teahan and John Buck led off the eighth with consecutive singles off Pete Walker (6-6) before Justin Huber tied it with a sacrifice fly off Jason Frasor. Blanco gave Kansas City the lead with his single off Frasor.
"I was just thinking I needed the chance to do something after making that mistake," Blanco said.
Ambiorix Burgos (3-5) recorded the last two outs of the seventh for the victory and Mike MacDougal pitched the ninth for his 21st save in 24 chances.
The Royals (56-105) set a team record for losses on Friday night. A loss Sunday would mean they would finish 50 games below .500.
"In terms of our record, that's just something we have to live with and move on," Bell said. "We can't dwell on it. Some of the guys should feel good, some of them shouldn't feel so hot. If they go home and look in the mirror and evaluate themselves the way they should, we should be much better next year."
Saturday's loss means the Blue Jays (79-82) will finish below .500.
"It looks a lot nicer. It's a nice number, but what are you going to do?" Catalanotto said. "We're not going to be disappointed. We're going to take a lot of the positive things out of the season. It would have been nice to finish 81-81 though."
Matt Stairs hit an RBI single in the first and Terrence Long hit a two-run homer off the right-field foul screen in the third.
Buck's RBI double and Blanco's run-scoring single gave Kansas City a 5-0 lead in the sixth.
Toronto starter Dave Bush allowed four runs on four hits and two walks in 6 1/3 innings.
The Royals have three 100-loss seasons in the last four years. ... The Blue Jays have extended the contracts of their coaching staff through the 2007 season.
|Players of the Game|
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|Kansas City Royals|
|Aaron Guiel, CF||4||2||2||0||0||0||3||.295|
|Terrence Long, RF||5||1||1||2||0||2||2||.279|
|Emil Brown, LF||3||0||0||0||1||1||1||.287|
|Matt Stairs, 1B||4||1||3||1||1||0||0||.275|
|Angel Berroa, SS||4||0||0||0||0||0||4||.270|
|Mark Teahen, 3B||4||1||2||0||0||1||0||.246|
|John Buck, C||4||1||2||1||0||0||0||.242|
|Paul Phillips, PR-C||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||.286|
|Justin Huber, DH||2||0||0||1||1||0||0||.216|
|Andres Blanco, 2B||4||0||2||2||0||0||0||.224|
|2B - Aaron Guiel (5, Bush), Matt Stairs (26, Bush), John Buck (21, League)|
|HR - Terrence Long (6, Bush)|
|SF - Justin Huber (1)|
|RBI - Terrence Long 2 (53), Matt Stairs (66), John Buck (47), Justin Huber (6), Andres Blanco 2 (5)|
|2-OUT RBI - Andres Blanco (1)|
|SB - Aaron Guiel (1, 2nd base off Bush/Quiroz)|
|Team LOB - 6|
|DP - Blanco-Stairs, Berroa-Blanco-Stairs, Berroa-Blanco-Stairs|
|E - Angel Berroa 2 (25, Misplayed grounder), Andres Blanco (3, Misplayed grounder)|
|Kansas City Royals|
|Ambiorix Burgos (BS,4; W,3-5)||0.2||2||2||2||1||1||0||3.98|
|Jeremy Affeldt (H,12)||1||0||0||0||1||0||0||5.26|
|Mike MacDougal (S,21)||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||3.33|
|Pitches-Strikes - J.P. Howell 94-52, Ambiorix Burgos 22-11, Jeremy Affeldt 10-6, Mike MacDougal 11-8|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J.P. Howell 10-5, Ambiorix Burgos 1-0, Jeremy Affeldt 1-1, Mike MacDougal 1-2|
|Batters Faced - J.P. Howell 26, Ambiorix Burgos 5, Jeremy Affeldt 3, Mike MacDougal 3|
|Toronto Blue Jays|
|Reed Johnson, LF||3||1||1||1||2||1||0||.269|
|Frank Catalanotto, DH||4||0||1||3||0||0||2||.296|
|Vernon Wells, CF||4||0||0||0||0||0||1||.268|
|Corey Koskie, 3B||4||0||0||0||0||2||1||.249|
|Aaron Hill, SS||3||1||1||0||1||1||0||.277|
|Eric Hinske, 1B||3||1||1||0||1||0||0||.261|
|Alex Rios, RF||4||1||1||0||0||1||3||.263|
|Frank Menechino, 2B||3||1||0||1||0||0||2||.215|
|a- Russ Adams, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.252|
|Guillermo Quiroz, C||3||1||1||1||0||1||1||.188|
|b- John-Ford Griffin, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.333|
|a-flied out for Menechino in the 9th|
|b-grounded out for Quiroz in the 9th|
|2B - Frank Catalanotto (29, Burgos)|
|RBI - Reed Johnson (58), Frank Catalanotto 3 (57), Frank Menechino (13), Guillermo Quiroz (4)|
|Team LOB - 4|
|Outfield Assists - Reed Johnson 1, Alex Rios 1|
|DP - Koskie-Menechino-Hinske, Menechino-Hill-Hinske|
|Toronto Blue Jays|
|Pete Walker (L,6-6)||0||2||2||2||0||0||0||3.54|
|Jason Frasor (BS,2)||1||1||0||0||0||0||0||3.25|
|HBP - E. Brown (by Dave Bush), Guiel (by Dave Bush)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Dave Bush 86-59, Brandon League 39-21, Pete Walker 7-4, Jason Frasor 11-5, Shaun Marcum 16-9|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Dave Bush 7-6, Brandon League 2-1, Jason Frasor 1-1|
|Batters Faced - Dave Bush 21, Brandon League 11, Pete Walker 2, Jason Frasor 3, Shaun Marcum 3|
|Attendance - 28271|
|Game Time - 2:42|
|Temperature - 73|
|Umpires - Home - Jerry Meals, First Base - James Hoye, Second Base - Bruce Froemming, Third Base - Mike Winters|