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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- John Buck has a term for the type of triples he was knocking around Kauffman Stadium on Thursday.
"Well placed," the 230-pound catcher said with a big grin.
The Royals took three of four from the Blue Jays, who hit town on Monday leading the AL East with the best record in the majors. Toronto, for the first time in team history, had started the year by winning six consecutive series of at least three games.
"Offensively, it feels good to pick up the pitching staff for a change," said Kansas City's Billy Butler, who had six hits and five RBI in the last two games of the series. "We feel good out there."
The Royals tied their club record by turning six double plays. The Blue Jays tied a team mark with the six double plays and set a club record for a nine-inning game.
The Royals hadn't turned six double plays since 1972 but grounded into six themselves just last week in Cleveland.
"That's a lot of double plays," Toronto center fielder Vernon Wells said. "It was frustrating."
"I wasn't even thinking triple," he said of his final at-bat. "I was just hoping I'd get to second and he didn't throw me out."
Buck became the second Royals catcher to collect two triples in a game and tied a career high with five RBI. He entered with three career triples, never more than one in a single season.
Kyle Davies (2-1) yielded three runs and seven hits in 5 2/3 innings for the Royals, who improved to 12-10 for their first winning April since 2003.
"I was able to get the double play. That's the story," Davies said. "But I felt like I threw the ball really good. The ball came out of my hand the best it probably has all year. The location wasn't the best."
"He was outstanding," manager Trey Hillman said. "It's good to see. When [Soria] is not available, maybe he's our go-to guy now."
Burres lasted two-plus innings for Toronto. He gave up six runs, four earned, and five hits.
Burres and Bullington were optioned to Triple-A Las Vegas after the game.
"I talk about how we win as a team," manager Cito Gaston said. "We lost as a team today. It's hard to win a game when you score six runs and hit into six double plays."
Willie Bloomquist singled leading off the Royals third and went to second when first baseman Kevin Millar mishandled Mark Teahen's grounder. After Jose Guillen's RBI single, Butler doubled in a run and Buck's sacrifice fly made it 6-2.
|Shortstop Mike Aviles turns one of the Royals' six double plays, which ties a club record. (Getty Images)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Toronto Blue Jays|
|Marco Scutaro, SS||5||1||2||1||0||0||1||.281|
|Aaron Hill, 2B||3||1||0||0||2||1||1||.365|
|Alex Rios, RF||4||0||2||0||0||0||2||.248|
|Vernon Wells, CF||3||1||1||1||1||0||1||.283|
|Adam Lind, DH||3||2||2||2||1||0||1||.315|
|Kevin Millar, 1B||3||0||1||0||1||0||3||.343|
|Jose Bautista, 3B||3||1||0||0||1||1||2||.317|
|Raul Chavez, C||4||0||2||1||0||0||1||.273|
|Travis Snider, LF||4||0||1||1||0||0||1||.258|
|2B - Alex Rios (7, Davies)|
|HR - Marco Scutaro (5, Davies), Adam Lind (4, Wright)|
|RBI - Marco Scutaro (15), Vernon Wells (14), Adam Lind 2 (20), Raul Chavez (1), Travis Snider (11)|
|2-OUT RBI - Raul Chavez (1)|
|Team LOB - 5|
|E - Kevin Millar (1, Misplayed grounder)|
|Toronto Blue Jays|
|Brian Burres (L,0-2)||2||5||6||4||1||2||0||14.21|
|IBB - Callaspo by Bryan Bullington, Bloomquist by Jesse Carlson|
|Pitches-Strikes - Brian Burres 54-28, Bryan Bullington 58-31, Brandon League 22-17, Jesse Carlson 20-9|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brian Burres 5-0, Bryan Bullington 1-8, Brandon League 1-2, Jesse Carlson 1-2|
|Batters Faced - Brian Burres 13, Bryan Bullington 15, Brandon League 6, Jesse Carlson 5|
|Kansas City Royals|
|Coco Crisp, CF||4||1||1||0||1||0||3||.247|
|Willie Bloomquist, LF||3||1||1||1||1||0||0||.333|
|Mark Teahen, 3B||5||1||0||0||0||1||3||.300|
|Jose Guillen, RF||4||1||1||1||0||0||1||.212|
|Mitch Maier, RF||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.167|
|Billy Butler, 1B||3||2||2||1||1||0||0||.262|
|Mike Jacobs, DH||4||0||0||0||0||2||4||.236|
|Alberto Callaspo, 2B||2||2||1||0||2||1||0||.379|
|John Buck, C||3||0||3||5||0||0||0||.300|
|Mike Aviles, SS||3||0||0||0||0||1||4||.197|
|2B - Billy Butler (5, Bullington), Alberto Callaspo (8, Burres), John Buck (3, Carlson)|
|3B - Coco Crisp (4, Burres), John Buck 2 (2, Burres, Bullington)|
|SF - John Buck (1)|
|SH - Willie Bloomquist (2), Mike Aviles (1)|
|RBI - Willie Bloomquist (4), Jose Guillen (5), Billy Butler (8), John Buck 5 (15)|
|Team LOB - 7|
|DP - Aviles-Callaspo-Butler, Davies-Aviles-Butler, Teahen-Callaspo-Butler, Callaspo-Butler, Callaspo-Aviles-Butler, Aviles-Butler|
|Kansas City Royals|
|Kyle Davies (W,2-1)||5.2||7||3||3||3||0||1||4.85|
|Jamey Wright (H,2)||2||2||2||2||2||1||1||2.08|
|Juan Cruz (S,1)||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||1.69|
|Pitches-Strikes - Kyle Davies 89-52, Ron Mahay 16-9, Jamey Wright 34-18, Juan Cruz 12-9|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kyle Davies 9-4, Jamey Wright 3-0|
|Batters Faced - Kyle Davies 23, Ron Mahay 4, Jamey Wright 8, Juan Cruz 3|
|Attendance - 11896|
|Game Time - 3:01|
|Temperature - 66|
|Umpires - Home - Lance Barksdale, First Base - James Hoye, Second Base - Adrian Johnson, Third Base - Mike Winters|