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Toronto gets solid start from inconsistent rookie Marcum

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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TORONTO -- Rookie Shaun Marcum had something to prove after getting shelled in his last start.

Marcum rebounded from the worst start of his young career with six strong innings, leading the Toronto Blue Jays to a 6-3 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Friday night.

Marcum (2-3), who allowed nine runs in the 15-0 loss to Baltimore on Aug. 19, won for the first time in six games. He allowed just one run and seven hits, while striking out four and walking two.

"I wanted to come out and show the guys the last start is behind me. I wanted to come out and prove I can pitch at this level and for this team," Marcum said. "Confidence is a big thing. I made some good pitches early."

Marcum said it was extra special to beat his hometown team.

"I've always been a Royals fan my whole life, so to beat them is pretty special. I'm sure everybody back home was watching," Marcum said. "I'm sure I'll get a lot of calls."

Toronto manager John Gibbons allowed Marcum to escape a bases loaded, no out jam in the sixth. Toronto led 6-1 at the time, but Gibbons also wanted to give his young starter a chance.

"It's a confidence boost for him," said Gibbons, who usually has a quick hook.

Kansas City dropped to 46-84 with the loss. Earlier Friday, the Royals said outfielder Reggie Sanders will undergo knee surgery, ending his disappointing first season with Kansas City.

The 38-year-old Sanders left Thursday night's 8-4 loss to Cleveland in the ninth inning. He will have surgery to repairs two areas in his left knee.

B.J. Ryan got the final out for his 29th save in 33 chances.

Kansas City starter Luke Hudson (6-5) gave up six runs -- five earned -- and 10 hits in six innings.

"I didn't give my team a very good chance to win," Hudson said. "I didn't have very good command, velocity or sink. I was hoping to just battle, but it just didn't happen."

Toronto's Vernon Wells blooped a ball for a double behind first base in the first. Two Kansas City infielders collided, allowing the ball to drop between them. Troy Glaus followed with a two-run single.

John McDonald hit a RBI triple past center fielder Joey Gathright in the second and Reed Johnson followed with a sacrifice fly to make it 4-0.

Frank Catalanotto added a sacrifice fly in fourth.

Kansas City scored its first run on Marcum's wild pitch that brought Mark Grudzielanek home.

Rios' sacrifice fly made it 6-1 in the fifth.

Mark Teahen added an RBI single in the ninth to make it 6-3.

Notes

  • Toronto C Gregg Zaun made a nice running catch near the first base camera bay -- then saved a television camera by grabbing it and preventing it from tipping over.
  • After the St. Louis Cardinals declined to re-sign Sanders in the offseason, he signed a two-year deal with Kansas City in January. But he hit only .246 this season with 11 homers and 49 RBI.
  • Cito Gaston, who led Toronto to back-to-back World Series in 1992 and 93, received a loud ovation when introduced on the field in the middle of the fifth.
 
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Toronto

V. Wells
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 0
Kansas City

D. DeJesus
AB 4
R 2
H 1
HR 0
RBI 0
 

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Kansas City Royals
David DeJesus, LF4210111 .303
Mark Grudzielanek, 2B5011011 .291
Mark Teahen, 3B5011011 .297
Mike Sweeney, DH4010101 .250
Emil Brown, RF3010101 .291
Ryan Shealy, 1B4020001 .295
John Buck, C4010024 .234
Angel Berroa, SS4010013 .237
Joey Gathright, CF4110006 .224
Totals3731023619 
Batting
2B - David DeJesus (25, Tallet), Mark Grudzielanek (27, Marcum)
RBI - Mark Grudzielanek (44), Mark Teahen (63)
2-OUT RBI - Mark Teahen (21)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
DP - Grudzielanek-Berroa-Shealy
PB - John Buck (5)
Kansas City Royals
Luke Hudson (L,6-5) 61065430 5.94
Scott Dohmann 2000040 6.51
Pitches-Strikes - Luke Hudson 110-67, Scott Dohmann 23-16
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Luke Hudson 5-9, Scott Dohmann 2-0
Batters Faced - Luke Hudson 31, Scott Dohmann 6
Toronto Blue Jays
Reed Johnson, DH3011100 .326
Frank Catalanotto, LF3111001 .311
Vernon Wells, CF4120001 .319
Troy Glaus, 3B3112112 .260
Lyle Overbay, 1B3010110 .309
Alex Rios, RF3011022 .303
Gregg Zaun, C4010013 .258
Aaron Hill, 2B4110001 .290
John McDonald, SS3211120 .223
Totals3061064710 
Batting
2B - Frank Catalanotto (26, Hudson), Vernon Wells (30, Hudson), Alex Rios (23, Hudson)
3B - John McDonald (2, Hudson)
SF - Reed Johnson (1), Frank Catalanotto (4), Alex Rios (9)
RBI - Reed Johnson (40), Frank Catalanotto (52), Troy Glaus 2 (93), Alex Rios (65), John McDonald (17)
Team LOB - 7
Toronto Blue Jays
Shaun Marcum (W,2-3) 6711240 5.88
Brian Tallet 0.2111010 4.14
Brandon League 1.1000100 2.88
Jeremy Accardo 0.2211010 4.21
B.J. Ryan (S,29) 0.1000000 1.35
WP - Shaun Marcum (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Shaun Marcum 97-60, Brian Tallet 10-7, Brandon League 19-9, Jeremy Accardo 15-10, B.J. Ryan 3-3
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Shaun Marcum 5-9, Brian Tallet 1-0, Brandon League 4-0, B.J. Ryan 1-0
Batters Faced - Shaun Marcum 27, Brian Tallet 3, Brandon League 5, Jeremy Accardo 4, B.J. Ryan 1
Game Information
Attendance - 26343
Game Time - 2:41
Temperature - 68
Umpires - Home - Tony Randazzo, First Base - Joe West, Second Base - Jim Wolf, Third Base - Ed Rapuano