Toronto at Kansas City

Kansas City
W: S. Richmond (3-0) L: G. Meche (1-2)
HR: TOR - None   KC - None

Blue Jays 8, Royals 1 wire reports

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Scott Richmond called it his best outing in the majors. Aaron Hill agreed.

Richmond pitched seven sharp innings, Vernon Wells drove in three runs and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Kansas City Royals 8-1 Tuesday night.

Hill had three more hits to increase his major-leading total to 36 and raise his average to .371. Hill, who had two RBI, has a hit in all but one game this season.

"Richmond did an unbelievable job," Hill said. "His slider was 85-86 [mph] and just keeping hitters off balance. He was spotting his fastball. That was the best I've seen him, especially the presence he had on the mound. He was very confident. It was really good to see."

Richmond (3-0), a rookie right-hander, limited the Royals to one run and five hits over seven innings.

"Consistency comes from the confidence," Richmond said. "I'm just trying to go out there and execute my pitches down in the zone. I feel if I can do that, I'm going to be successful. These guys are playing so good. I'm just trying to keep them in games."

The 29-year-old who pitched three seasons with Edmonton in the independent leagues before signing with the Blue Jays in November 2007, walked three and struck out five, lowering his ERA to 2.70.

"Richmond pitched a great game," Blue Jays manager Cito Gaston said. "That's just what we needed. I'm really happy for Scott. We know how hard he's worked to get to this point. Right now, he's doing pretty good."

The Royals loaded the bases in the third, but Jose Guillen popped foul to catcher Rod Barajas to end the inning. The Royals are hitless in seven at-bats with two outs and the bases loaded.

"He hit a couple of home runs last night and he's feeling pretty good," Richmond said. "I was able to get in on his hands on the first pitch and get him to pop it up. That's a big out."

Royals starter Gil Meche left after 3 2/3 innings with lower back stiffness and will be evaluated Wednesday. Meche (1-2) gave up five runs on seven hits and five walks. He threw only 43 strikes in 85 pitches.

"Meche had lower back stiffness in spring training and had trouble with the mound in Texas [an April 17 start]," Royals manager Trey Hillman said. "He was masking it pretty good and wanted to stay out there. I can't make any predictions about his next start."

Said Meche: "I've never had anything back wise, ever, so it's kind of annoying. I don't think there is any kind of structural problem as far as tears or anything. It comes and goes. I'm not concerned. We're going to switch exercises, maybe doing some things I haven't been doing."

The Blue Jays batted around in a four-run fourth, which included Wells' two-run single. Lyle Overbay and Barajas hit back-to-back doubles for the first run of the inning. Hill's single scored Barajas with the second run of the inning.

"We got the key hits at the right time," Hill said. "It's something we haven't done in a while. It's nice to get those two-out knocks."

Toronto added three more runs on five hits in the eighth off relievers Horacio Ramirez and Kyle Farnsworth. Marco Scutaro, Wells and Hill each had RBI singles.

David DeJesus' two-out double in the fifth scored Coco Crisp, who had an infield single, for Kansas City's run.

Alberto Callaspo went 0-for-3 with a walk, snapping his hitting streak at 10 games, the longest by a Royals player this season.


Toronto RHP Casey Janssen threw 37 pitches and three innings Monday in his first minor league rehab start with Class-A Dunedin. Jansen, who went on the disabled list March 27 with a sore right shoulder, allowed two hits, struck out three and walked two. ... Toronto RHP Jesse Litsch, who is on the DL with a right forearm strain, was given the OK to resume throwing after seeing Dr. James Andrews in Birmingham, Ala. ... Royals closer Joakim Soria threw a bullpen session Tuesday, his first time throwing off the mound since Wednesday when he earned a save in Cleveland. He has not pitched in six games because of a sore right shoulder, but is not on the disabled list.

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Players of the Game

V. Wells
AB 5
R 1
H 3
HR 0
Kansas City

D. DeJesus
AB 4
R 0
H 2
HR 0

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Marco Scutaro, SS3211203 .268
Aaron Hill, 2B4132101 .371
Alex Rios, RF5010024 .237
Vernon Wells, CF5133012 .280
Adam Lind, DH5000026 .314
Scott Rolen, 3B5020012 .321
Lyle Overbay, 1B3111100 .269
Rod Barajas, C4221112 .286
Travis Snider, LF4110112 .278
2B - Vernon Wells (7, Meche), Scott Rolen (3, Tejeda), Lyle Overbay (5, Meche), Rod Barajas (6, Meche)
SF - Lyle Overbay (1)
RBI - Marco Scutaro (14), Aaron Hill 2 (20), Vernon Wells 3 (12), Lyle Overbay (11), Rod Barajas (10)
2-OUT RBI - Aaron Hill (9), Vernon Wells 2 (4)
Team LOB - 10
DP - Hill-Overbay-Rolen
E - Aaron Hill (3, Dropped fly)
Toronto Blue Jays
Scott Richmond (W,3-0) 7511350 2.70
Jesse Carlson 1100010 1.64
Brandon League 1000010 5.40
Pitches-Strikes - Scott Richmond 106-63, Jesse Carlson 15-11, Brandon League 11-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Scott Richmond 9-6, Jesse Carlson 1-2, Brandon League 2-0
Batters Faced - Scott Richmond 28, Jesse Carlson 5, Brandon League 3
Kansas City Royals
Coco Crisp, CF4110003 .236
David DeJesus, LF4021000 .216
Mark Teahen, 3B3010102 .329
Jose Guillen, DH4000023 .240
Mike Jacobs, 1B4000032 .231
Alberto Callaspo, 2B3000102 .367
John Buck, C4000011 .243
Mike Aviles, SS4010010 .186
Mitch Maier, RF3010100 .176
2B - David DeJesus (2, Richmond), Mark Teahen (6, Carlson)
RBI - David DeJesus (9)
2-OUT RBI - David DeJesus (5)
SB - Mitch Maier (2, 2nd base off Richmond/Barajas)
Team LOB - 8
DP - Meche-Aviles-Jacobs, Callaspo-Aviles-Jacobs
PB - John Buck (1)
Kansas City Royals
Gil Meche (L,1-2) 3.2755520 3.77
Robinson Tejeda 2.1200120 1.17
Horacio Ramirez 1333010 10.80
Kyle Farnsworth 1200010 9.95
Ron Mahay 1000020 6.35
Pitches-Strikes - Gil Meche 84-43, Robinson Tejeda 53-35, Horacio Ramirez 25-14, Kyle Farnsworth 17-13, Ron Mahay 10-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Gil Meche 5-3, Robinson Tejeda 1-3, Horacio Ramirez 1-1, Ron Mahay 1-0
Batters Faced - Gil Meche 22, Robinson Tejeda 9, Horacio Ramirez 6, Kyle Farnsworth 5, Ron Mahay 3
Game Information
Attendance - 15191
Game Time - 3:16
Temperature - 65
Umpires - Home - Adrian Johnson, First Base - Mike Winters, Second Base - Lance Barksdale, Third Base - James Hoye