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Kansas City at Toronto

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Blue Jays 7, Royals 4

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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TORONTO -- The Blue Jays are well aware of how tough the AL East can be. If they keep hitting like they have been, they could make it a lot tougher.

Troy Glaus homered and reached base four times, and Aaron Hill had three hits and three RBI to lead the Blue Jays over the Kansas City Royals 7-4 on Wednesday night.

"We're built to score runs," said Toronto manager John Gibbons. "If our pitcher keeps us in the game, we'll get a lot of wins."

Gustavo Chacin (1-0) did just that, allowing three runs and five hits in five-plus innings as the Blue Jays won for the fourth time in five games.

"Bottom line is he kept himself in there and got himself a win," said Gibbons.

But it was another fine offensive effort that led Toronto to the win. The Blue Jays pounded out 12 hits, and scored more than five runs for the seventh time in eight games.

Glaus was 2-for-2 with two walks and three runs for Toronto (5-3), striving to overtake the New York Yankees and Boston in the AL East. Glaus, who left Saturday's game with a sore left heel and also sat out Sunday, was replaced by John McDonald at third base to begin the eighth. Glaus said he's still tender but expects to play on Thursday. He homered in the sixth, his second of the year.

Down 2-1 in the fourth, Alex Rios doubled to deep center to score Vernon Wells and Frank Thomas. With the hit, Rios extended his hitting streak to eight games. He's the only Blue Jay with a hit in every game this season. Glaus tried to score from first on the play but was thrown out on the relay from shortstop Tony Pena Jr.

Vernon Wells' RBI infield single made it 4-2 in the fifth, but Ryan Shealy's sacrifice fly pulled the Royals within a run in the sixth.

Esteban German pulled the Royals within 5-4 in the seventh with an RBI single off Casey Janssen that ended a 14-inning scoreless streak by Toronto's bullpen. Hill hit a two-run double against Todd Wellemeyer in the bottom half.

"We kept scoring but they kept scoring," said Kansas City manager Buddy Bell. "We just couldn't get a goose egg up there after we scored a run."

B.J. Ryan pitched a perfect ninth for his third save in four chances.

"We've got a great bullpen and those guys are doing a great job," said Chacin.

Jorge De La Rosa (1-1) gave up five runs -- four earned-- and nine hits in 5 2/3 innings.

David DeJesus homered for Kansas City (3-6), back in the AL Central cellar, its usual home.

"It's tough right now. We're in a lot of games," said De Jesus. "We've got to fix those little things, make a play here and make a play there. We've got to stay confident, stay together and be behind each other, want to make that play to get us back in the dugout and get us hitting."

Notes

The Blue Jays are 4-1 when facing left-handed starters. Chacin has nine wins in 12 career April starts.

 
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Players of the Game
Toronto

T. Glaus
AB 2
R 3
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
Toronto

A. Hill
AB 4
R 0
H 3
HR 0
RBI 3
 
Kansas City Royals
David DeJesus, CF5221010 .378
Esteban German, 2B4021000 .467
Mark Teahen, RF3000100 .192
Reggie Sanders, DH4110014 .417
Emil Brown, LF4110021 .148
Alex Gordon, 3B3010011 .103
Ryan Shealy, 1B3001022 .115
Jason LaRue, C4011011 .176
Tony Pena, SS4000001 .242
Totals3448418  
Batting
2B - David DeJesus (4, Janssen), Reggie Sanders (3, Chacin), Jason LaRue (3, Chacin)
HR - David DeJesus (2, Chacin)
SF - Ryan Shealy (1)
RBI - David DeJesus (4), Esteban German (3), Ryan Shealy (2), Jason LaRue (2)
2-OUT RBI - David DeJesus (2), Esteban German (1), Jason LaRue (1)
PK - Alex Gordon (1, Janssen)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Emil Brown 1
E - Tony Pena (1, Misplayed grounder)
Kansas City Royals
Jorge De La Rosa (L,1-1) 5.2954131 3.55
Todd Wellemeyer 1222220 12.00
Jimmy Gobble 0.1000000 0.00
David Riske 1100200 6.75
IBB - Rios by Todd Wellemeyer
WP - Todd Wellemeyer (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Jorge De La Rosa 92-59, Todd Wellemeyer 32-15, Jimmy Gobble 7-4, David Riske 29-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jorge De La Rosa 9-5, David Riske 2-1
Batters Faced - Jorge De La Rosa 27, Todd Wellemeyer 7, Jimmy Gobble 1, David Riske 6
Toronto Blue Jays
Reed Johnson, LF5110033 .265
Lyle Overbay, 1B5110012 .222
Vernon Wells, CF4110111 .313
Frank Thomas, DH4110102 .258
Troy Glaus, 3B2321200 .348
    John McDonald, 3B1000003 .333
Alex Rios, RF3012101 .324
Aaron Hill, 2B4033001 .387
Gregg Zaun, C4000005 .208
Royce Clayton, SS4020000 .364
Totals36712655  
Batting
2B - Reed Johnson (2, De La Rosa), Vernon Wells (4, De La Rosa), Troy Glaus (1, De La Rosa), Alex Rios (3, De La Rosa), Aaron Hill (5, Wellemeyer), Royce Clayton (4, Riske)
HR - Troy Glaus (2, De La Rosa)
RBI - Troy Glaus (5), Alex Rios 2 (5), Aaron Hill 3 (9)
2-OUT RBI - Aaron Hill 3 (6)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
E - Royce Clayton (1, Misplayed grounder)
Toronto Blue Jays
Gustavo Chacin (W,1-0) 5533141 4.91
Casey Janssen (H,1) 1.2311000 1.23
Jason Frasor (H,3) 1.1000030 0.00
B.J. Ryan (S,3) 1000010 7.36
HBP - Gordon (by Gustavo Chacin)
Pitches-Strikes - Gustavo Chacin 79-47, Casey Janssen 19-15, Jason Frasor 11-7, B.J. Ryan 9-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Gustavo Chacin 7-4, Casey Janssen 1-3, Jason Frasor 2-0, B.J. Ryan 1-1
Batters Faced - Gustavo Chacin 22, Casey Janssen 7, Jason Frasor 5, B.J. Ryan 3
Game Information
Attendance - 15218
Game Time - 3:03
Temperature - 68
Umpires - Home - Mike Everitt, First Base - Gerry Davis, Second Base - Paul Nauert, Third Base - Tom Hallion