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Lilly earns victory in first start since confrontation with manager

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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TORONTO -- This time, Ted Lilly gave up the ball without a fight.

Lilly won in his first start since tussling with manager John Gibbons, and Bengie Molina hit a grand slam that led the Toronto Blue Jays over the Kansas City Royals 10-6 Sunday.

Last Monday, Lilly refused to hand Gibbons the ball during a pitching change against Oakland. They later scuffled in the tunnel leading from the dugout to the clubhouse, and Gibbons wound up with a bloody nose.

This time, one fan yelled out "Fight! Fight!" when Gibbons went to the mound to replace Lilly in the sixth.

"What happened last start was unlike both of us. I think we learned a lot from it," Lilly said. "It's good to come back and contribute a little bit, enough to help us win."

Lilly (11-11) allowed six runs -- five earned -- in 5 1/3 innings. He struck out six and walked three.

Gibbons told Lilly he did a great job when he removed him in the sixth, and gave his pitcher a pat of encouragement.

"It's all behind us. We get along just fine," Gibbons said. "It's just one those things that happen. It's gone. You know what, he showed me something today. He bounced back today with a big win and he deserved it."

Molina connected against Odalis Perez (1-2) in the third inning for his first slam of the season and the third of his career.

Gregg Zaun and Vernon Wells also homered for the Blue Jays. Zaun hit a two-run homer in the fifth off Todd Wellemeyer and Wells hit his 30th in the eighth off Joel Peralta.

Mike Sweeney homered for the Royals, who have lost three of four.

"We beat the best in baseball yesterday in (Roy) Halladay. We came into today thinking, 'Let's win a series.' We knew Lilly was coming off a pretty emotional start," Sweeney said. "We swung the bats pretty well, but we just didn't make it happen."

Kansas City has not won a series in Toronto since Aug. 19-21, 2002.

Esteban German hit an RBI triple in the Royals second and Jason Phillips tied it with a run-scoring double in the bottom half.

Toronto shortstop John McDonald's error and Angel Berroa's RBI single in the sixth cut Toronto's lead to 8-6. Wells' homer and Zaun's RBI single made it 10-6 in the eighth.

Perez allowed six runs on seven hits in four innings.

Notes

  • The Blue Jays are 158-158 all-time versus the Royals.
  • Attendance was 36,417. The Blue Jays have attracted more 30,000 fans 26 times this season, the most since 1998 when they had 37 dates of 30,000-plus.
  • Lilly has allowed at least five earned runs in each of his last three starts.
  • Wells joined Troy Glaus as the second Toronto player to hit 30 home runs this season.
 
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Bengie Molina (right) receives the grand congratulations for his third-inning grand slam.  (AP)
Bengie Molina (right) receives the grand congratulations for his third-inning grand slam. (AP)

Players of the Game
Toronto

G. Zaun
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 3
Kansas City

M. Sweeney
AB 4
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 2
 

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Joel Peralta 1.2422021 4.18
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Game Information
Attendance - 36417
Game Time - 3:16
Temperature - 73
Umpires - Home - Jim Wolf, First Base - Ed Rapuano, Second Base - Tony Randazzo, Third Base - Joe West