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Blue Jays 6, Royals 3

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TORONTO -- Vin Mazzaro's worst outing in over a year got him a ticket back to Triple-A.

Adam Lind hit a three-run homer, Brett Cecil won for the first time in three starts and the Toronto Blue Jays beat Mazzaro and the Kansas City Royals 6-3 on Tuesday night.

Starting for the first time since June 22, Mazzaro allowed six runs and a season-high 13 hits in 5 1/3 innings.

The right-hander was optioned to Triple-A Omaha after the game, and declined to speak with reporters.

"He wasn't slated to throw through the All-Star break so we'll get another arm in here," manager Ned Yost said. The Royals will announce a corresponding roster move Wednesday.

The Royals blew a 3-0 lead and lost for the fourth time in five games since matching their season high with a four-game winning streak.

"We scored early but we couldn't put it together in the second half of the ball game," outfielder Jason Bourgeois said.

The last time Mazzaro (3-3) allowed more than 10 hits was May 16, 2011, when he was tagged for 14 runs over 2 1/3 innings in an 19-1 loss to Cleveland.

Lind's homer was the first allowed by Mazzaro since Minnesota's Rene Tosoni connected off him on Sept. 27, 2011, snapping a streak of 27 2/3 innings without a long ball.

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Lind's sixth homer was the big blow in Toronto's six-run fourth inning. The win put the Blue Jays over .500 at 41-40 at the midpoint of the season.

"They put a six spot up and that kind of takes the wind out of you," Kansas City's Billy Butler said.

Cecil (2-1) allowed three runs and five hits in six-plus innings to win for the first time since June 17 against Philadelphia, his first start after being promoted from Triple-A Las Vegas. The left-hander walked one and struck out three.

"Brett with a solid effort for us tonight," Toronto manager John Farrell said. "With the exception of the third inning, it felt like he stayed out of the middle of the plate. He mixed and matched his stuff well."

Jason Frasor and Darren Oliver each worked one inning before Casey Janssen finished in the ninth for his 10th save in 11 chances.

Cecil set down the first six batters in order but ran into trouble in the third, when Jeff Francoeur and Salvador Perez led off with singles and scored on Bourgeois' triple. Alex Gordon followed with a sacrifice fly.

"From that point forward, I thought [Cecil] executed his pitches well," Farrell said.

The Blue Jays managed just two hits, both singles, through the first three innings but erupted for six runs and eight hits in the fourth off Mazzaro.

Brett Lawrie started the inning with a single, Colby Rasmus bunted for a hit, Jose Bautista flied out and Edwin Encarnacion drove in Lawrie with an infield single. Kelly Johnson struck out and Yunel Escobar beat out an infield hit to load the bases for Rajai Davis, who lined a two-run single through the right side. Lind followed with a homer off the facing of the second deck in right.

"[The inning] just kind of built up on him, then culminated with the home run from Adam Lind," Yost said.

Cecil left after Mike Moustakas doubled to begin the seventh. Frasor came on and got Francoeur to ground out, with Moustakas advancing to third. Perez followed with a fly ball to right, but Bautista threw out Moustakas at the plate for his major league-leading 11th outfield assist.

Notes

Toronto signed RHP Marcus Stroman, the 22nd overall pick in the June draft. ... Royals LHP Everett Teaford, who beat the Blue Jays on Monday for his first victory of the season, is expected to start again Sunday at Detroit, Kansas City's final game before the All-Star break. ... Lawrie had two of Toronto's eight hits in the fourth. ... All nine Blue Jays batters had at least one hit.

 
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Toronto

A. Lind
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 3
Kansas City

J. Bourgeois
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R 1
H 1
HR 0
RBI 2
 

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Kansas City Royals
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Alex Gordon, LF3001021 .276
Alcides Escobar, SS4000001 .305
Eric Hosmer, 1B4000021 .233
Billy Butler, DH3000110 .290
Yuniesky Betancourt, 2B4010000 .255
Mike Moustakas, 3B4010012 .266
Jeff Francoeur, RF3110003 .253
Salvador Perez, C3110003 .375
Jason Bourgeois, CF2112000 .333
    Jarrod Dyson, CF1010000 .249
Totals3136316  
Batting
2B - Mike Moustakas (19, Cecil), Jarrod Dyson (4, Oliver)
3B - Jason Bourgeois (1, Cecil)
SF - Alex Gordon (1)
RBI - Alex Gordon (26), Jason Bourgeois 2 (3)
SB - Jarrod Dyson (14, 3rd base off Oliver/Mathis)
Team LOB - 3
Fielding
DP - Betancourt-Escobar-Hosmer, Betancourt-Escobar-Hosmer
Kansas City Royals
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Vin Mazzaro (L,3-3) 5.11366031 5.70
Greg Holland 1.2000220 3.86
Jose Mijares 1000010 1.69
WP - Vin Mazzaro (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Vin Mazzaro 79-55, Greg Holland 27-15, Jose Mijares 10-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Vin Mazzaro 5-6, Greg Holland 1-1, Jose Mijares 1-1
Batters Faced - Vin Mazzaro 27, Greg Holland 6, Jose Mijares 3
Toronto Blue Jays
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Brett Lawrie, 3B4120001 .294
Colby Rasmus, CF3110102 .259
Jose Bautista, RF4010013 .243
Edwin Encarnacion, 1B3121101 .296
Kelly Johnson, 2B4010014 .243
Yunel Escobar, SS4110013 .252
Rajai Davis, LF4122002 .273
Adam Lind, DH4123011 .197
Jeff Mathis, C4010021 .235
Totals34613626  
Batting
HR - Adam Lind (6, Mazzaro)
RBI - Edwin Encarnacion (56), Rajai Davis 2 (22), Adam Lind 3 (18)
2-OUT RBI - Rajai Davis 2 (10), Adam Lind 3 (10)
CS - Rajai Davis (6, 2nd base by Mazzaro/Perez)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Jose Bautista 1
DP - J. Bautista-Mathis
Toronto Blue Jays
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Brett Cecil (W,2-1) 6533130 5.64
Jason Frasor (H,10) 1000000 3.82
Darren Oliver (H,8) 1100020 1.53
Casey Janssen (S,10) 1000010 2.56
Pitches-Strikes - Brett Cecil 98-64, Jason Frasor 7-6, Darren Oliver 12-11, Casey Janssen 7-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brett Cecil 5-10, Jason Frasor 1-1, Darren Oliver 1-0, Casey Janssen 1-1
Batters Faced - Brett Cecil 24, Jason Frasor 2, Darren Oliver 4, Casey Janssen 3
Game Information
Attendance - 15516
Game Time - 2:30
Temperature - 68
Umpires - Home - Angel Hernandez, First Base - Chris Conroy, Second Base - Ed Hickox, Third Base - Mark Carlson