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TORONTO -- Zack Greinke felt weird after taking his worst pounding of the season.
"They hit me real hard today," Greinke said. "Whatever I threw was hit. Even the outs were hit hard."
Rod Barajas added a two-run shot for the Blue Jays, who boosted Greinke's ERA from 1.10 to 1.55.
"No matter what I threw, it was just hammered," Greinke said. "I'm not used to that. I don't remember seeing anyone get hit that hard in a long time."
Seeking to join Toronto's Roy Halladay as the only nine-game winners in baseball, Greinke (8-2) was instead tagged for a season high seven runs -- five earned -- and nine hits in five innings. He walked one and struck out three. The right-hander dropped to 1-4 with a 7.07 ERA in his career at Rogers Centre.
"It was kind of weird out there," Greinke said. "It's one thing to get hit, but everything was a line drive.
"Today, I just got crushed," he added.
Overbay extended his hitting streak to 11 games when he lined a one-out drive to center in the second, snapping Greinke's streak of 111 innings without allowing a home run. The last player to homer off Greinke was Oakland's Daric Barton, who took him deep Sept. 2, 2008.
"It was bound to happen," Greinke said of his streak being ended. "It would have been nice if it wasn't today."
Greinke allowed four runs -- three earned -- in a 7-4 loss to the Chicago White Sox on Sunday and has won just one of his past four starts after winning seven of his first eight.
"He wasn't as sharp to both sides of the plate," Royals manager Trey Hillman said. "Specifically today, he needed to pitch inside a little bit more. He tried to get in there a couple of times and left it out over the plate."
The Blue Jays were the first team to score an earned run off Greinke this season, managing two against him in an 11-3 defeat at Kansas City on April 29.
Alex Rios hit an RBI double and later scored on Tony Pena's throwing error, with Overbay capping the rally with a two-run double off the base of the wall in right.
Lind made it 7-0 with a one-out homer to left in the fifth, his ninth, and Barajas homered off reliever Juan Cruz in the eighth.
"All we really wanted to do was lay off [Greinke's] slider," Lind said. "If we could do that we could maybe force him into throwing some fastballs over the plate."
The strategy worked and left Greinke scratching his head.
"If I threw a strike, they swung and hit it hard," Greinke said. "They didn't chase anything with two strikes. I threw some close pitches and they took them. If I threw it for a strike, they hit it."
Blue Jays left-hander Ricky Romero allowed three runs and five hits in seven innings to win for the first time since April 19.
Romero (3-2), who missed 24 games following that victory with a strained right oblique, walked two and struck out five.
"It's a step in the right direction," Romero said. "I still have some work to do. I haven't gotten a feel for that changeup that I had earlier in the year."
|It's a bad night all-around for Zack Greinke, who gives up his first home run in 111 innings. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Kansas City Royals|
|Coco Crisp, CF||3||0||0||0||1||1||1||.224|
|Willie Bloomquist, LF||4||0||1||0||0||0||2||.284|
|Billy Butler, 1B||4||1||1||0||0||0||1||.282|
|Jose Guillen, RF||4||1||1||2||0||2||0||.255|
|Mike Jacobs, DH||4||1||1||1||0||1||0||.233|
|Alberto Callaspo, 2B||3||0||0||0||1||0||0||.293|
|Mark Teahen, 3B||4||0||0||0||0||2||1||.271|
|Miguel Olivo, C||3||0||1||0||0||1||0||.242|
|Tony Pena Jr., SS||2||0||0||0||1||0||1||.053|
|HR - Jose Guillen (6, R. Romero), Mike Jacobs (10, R. Romero)|
|RBI - Jose Guillen 2 (25), Mike Jacobs (26)|
|Team LOB - 4|
|DP - Pena-Callaspo-Butler|
|E - Jose Guillen (2, Misplayed grounder), Tony Pena Jr. (2, Throwing), Mark Teahen (4, Throwing)|
|Kansas City Royals|
|Zack Greinke (L,8-2)||5||9||7||5||1||3||2||1.55|
|WP - Zack Greinke (4)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Zack Greinke 101-61, Horacio Ramirez 23-13, Juan Cruz 26-15|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Zack Greinke 2-11, Horacio Ramirez 3-2|
|Batters Faced - Zack Greinke 26, Horacio Ramirez 7, Juan Cruz 5|
|Toronto Blue Jays|
|Marco Scutaro, SS||4||2||3||0||1||0||0||.302|
|Aaron Hill, 2B||5||0||0||0||0||2||3||.309|
|Alex Rios, RF||4||1||1||1||0||1||3||.266|
|Vernon Wells, CF||4||1||1||2||0||0||0||.257|
|Adam Lind, LF||4||2||2||1||0||1||1||.316|
|Scott Rolen, 3B||4||0||0||0||0||0||2||.294|
|Lyle Overbay, 1B||3||1||2||3||1||1||0||.291|
|Kevin Millar, DH||3||1||0||0||1||0||2||.260|
|Rod Barajas, C||4||1||1||2||0||1||0||.288|
|2B - Marco Scutaro 3 (18, Greinke, Greinke, Greinke), Alex Rios (15, Greinke), Lyle Overbay (15, Greinke)|
|HR - Adam Lind (9, Greinke), Lyle Overbay (6, Greinke), Rod Barajas (4, Cruz)|
|RBI - Alex Rios (27), Vernon Wells 2 (27), Adam Lind (39), Lyle Overbay 3 (30), Rod Barajas 2 (29)|
|2-OUT RBI - Vernon Wells (11), Lyle Overbay 2 (15)|
|Team LOB - 5|
|DP - Scutaro-Hill-Overbay, Scutaro-Hill-Overbay|
|PB - Rod Barajas (4)|
|Toronto Blue Jays|
|Ricky Romero (W,3-2)||7||5||3||3||2||5||2||4.10|
|WP - Ricky Romero (2)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Ricky Romero 90-56, Jason Frasor 9-6, Scott Downs 13-9|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ricky Romero 13-2, Scott Downs 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Ricky Romero 27, Jason Frasor 3, Scott Downs 4|
|Attendance - 15435|
|Game Time - 2:27|
|Temperature - 59|
|Umpires - Home - Mark Carlson, First Base - Tim Tschida, Second Base - Bob Davidson, Third Base - Jeff Nelson|