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The Blue Jays improved to 6-1 on the road this season, making the most of their only trip through Kansas City. They head off to Baltimore for a three-game set that wraps up a seven-game road swing, one that has thrust them into the picture in the AL East.
Brandon Morrow (1-1) took care of the struggling Kansas City lineup. The right-hander allowed seven hits and a walk in 6 2-3 innings, and Luis Perez and Francisco Cordero did the rest. Cordero got some help from a double-play groundout in the ninth for his second save.
"I thought Brandon did a great job from the third inning on," Farrell said. "He pitched out of a number of jams and really executed when he needed to make pitches."
He got some help from the Royals' ghastly situational hitting, one of many factors that led to their 11th straight loss. Kansas City wound up winless on a 10-game homestand, the first team to lose its first 10 at home since the Cubs dropped 12 in a row at Wrigley Field in 1994.
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Eric Hosmer scored the Royals' only run with a homer leading off the second inning.
"That's a good team over there with a lot of good players," Farrell said. "They've got a very good, talented young team. It's what we went through last year. You have to grow and mature."
The four-game sweep was the Blue Jays' first since May 2009, and their first ever at Kansas City. The last time they swept four on the road was 2003 against the New York Yankees.
Bruce Chen (0-2) used his veteran guile to keep the Blue Jays on the ropes most of the game. His only major mistakes came against Bautista and Johnson, and they cost him the game.
Kansas City (3-13) matched the 2006 team for the second-worst start in franchise history, and heads out on a nine-game trip having lost 11 straight for the first time since May 2008.
The last team to lose 10 straight at home was Arizona in 2004.
"Talk to us at the end of May and see what our record is," Royals outfielder Jeff Francoeur said. "I still believe we've got plenty of talent in this room to turn it around, and that's what we plan on doing. I wanted to get this one bad tonight just to get one at home."
Johnson staked the Blue Jays to the lead with his first-inning home, and it was tied 1-all in the third inning when Alcides Escobar led off with a double.
Royals manager Ned Yost made the same call for a sacrifice bunt following a leadoff double by portly catcher Brayan Pena in the fifth. This time, the bunt by Mitch Maier was fielded by Morrow, who had plenty of time to throw out the lumbering Pena at third base.
The poorly executed bunt cost the Royals a run when Escobar singled moments later. Getz then popped out to the catcher and Gordon flied out to center to end the inning without a run.
"It seemed like there were guys on base the whole night," Morrow said.
When they couldn't cross the plate, the Blue Jays took advantage.
Johnson drew his second straight walk in the sixth inning, and Bautista connected on the first pitch of the at-bat from Chen, sending a go-ahead shot over the fence in left and into the Royals bullpen. Bautista's third homer of the season snapped a 2-for-12 stretch in the series.
The Royals put runners on second and third with two outs in the seventh, but Perez got Gordon to ground out harmlessly to shortstop. Kansas City was 0 for 10 with runners in scoring position, and finished the four-game set 5 for 40 in such situations.
"Pitching like we did this series," Johnson said, "that's going to give us a chance."
|Jose Bautista connects for an important home run in the Blues Jays' win over the Royals, improving their road record to 6-1. (Getty Images)|
|Players of the Game|
|Toronto Blue Jays|
|Yunel Escobar, SS||4||0||0||0||0||0||2||.243|
|Kelly Johnson, 2B||2||2||1||1||2||1||0||.224|
|Jose Bautista, RF||4||1||1||2||0||0||1||.214|
|Edwin Encarnacion, DH||4||0||0||0||0||1||0||.303|
|Brett Lawrie, 3B||4||1||2||0||0||0||0||.292|
|Rajai Davis, LF||4||0||1||1||0||1||0||.208|
|Adam Lind, 1B||4||0||1||0||0||0||0||.222|
|J.P. Arencibia, C||4||0||1||0||0||1||2||.200|
|Colby Rasmus, CF||3||0||1||0||0||0||3||.259|
|2B - Colby Rasmus (2, Chen)|
|3B - Brett Lawrie (1, Broxton)|
|HR - Kelly Johnson (4, Chen), Jose Bautista (3, Chen)|
|RBI - Kelly Johnson (7), Jose Bautista 2 (9), Rajai Davis (4)|
|CS - Rajai Davis (2, 2nd base by Broxton/B. Pena)|
|Team LOB - 4|
|DP - Escobar-Lind, Johnson-Escobar-Lind|
|PB - J.P. Arencibia (2)|
|E - Brandon Morrow (1, Throwing)|
|Toronto Blue Jays|
|Brandon Morrow (W,1-1)||6.2||7||1||1||1||3||1||3.71|
|Luis Perez (H,1)||1.1||1||0||0||0||0||0||0.00|
|Francisco Cordero (S,2)||1||1||0||0||0||0||0||4.50|
|Pitches-Strikes - Brandon Morrow 100-66, Luis Perez 13-10, Francisco Cordero 16-11|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brandon Morrow 11-5, Luis Perez 4-0, Francisco Cordero 1-1|
|Batters Faced - Brandon Morrow 27, Luis Perez 5, Francisco Cordero 3|
|Kansas City Royals|
|Chris Getz, 2B||3||0||1||0||0||0||2||.296|
|Alex Gordon, LF||4||0||0||0||0||1||5||.177|
|Billy Butler, DH||4||0||0||0||0||0||1||.290|
|Eric Hosmer, 1B||4||1||2||1||0||1||0||.203|
|Jeff Francoeur, RF||4||0||1||0||0||0||1||.246|
|Mike Moustakas, 3B||4||0||2||0||0||0||2||.286|
|Brayan Pena, C||4||0||1||0||0||1||2||.286|
|Mitch Maier, CF||4||0||0||0||0||0||1||.192|
|Alcides Escobar, SS||2||0||2||0||1||0||0||.310|
|2B - Chris Getz (2, Perez), Mike Moustakas (7, Morrow), Brayan Pena (4, Morrow), Alcides Escobar (5, Morrow)|
|HR - Eric Hosmer (4, Morrow)|
|SH - Chris Getz (2)|
|RBI - Eric Hosmer (10)|
|Team LOB - 7|
|DP - Escobar-Getz-Hosmer|
|Kansas City Royals|
|Bruce Chen (L,0-2)||7||6||3||3||2||3||2||2.52|
|WP - Bruce Chen (2)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Bruce Chen 106-68, Aaron Crow 13-9, Jonathan Broxton 13-9|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Bruce Chen 9-8, Aaron Crow 2-0|
|Batters Faced - Bruce Chen 28, Aaron Crow 3, Jonathan Broxton 4|
|Attendance - 13267|
|Game Time - 2:31|
|Temperature - 65|
|Umpires - Home - Jeff Kellogg, First Base - Eric Cooper, Second Base - Marty Foster, Third Base - Tim Timmons|