Toronto at Kansas City

Kansas City
W: A. Crow (1-1) L: B. Cecil (0-2)
HR: TOR - J. Bautista (8),E. Encarnacion (2)   KC - S. Perez (2)

Royals 10, Blue Jays 7 wire reports

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Salvador Perez has gone from cold to hot in three games.

Perez had a home run and four RBI and the Kansas City Royals rallied for a 10-7 victory against the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday night.

Perez's two-run double off Sergio Santos in the Royals' six-run eighth put the Royals ahead. Perez's four RBI matched his career high. The Royals had scored only four runs in the eighth inning in their first 24 games.

Perez, who has three consecutive multi-hit games, connected in the seventh with Alex Gordon aboard to trim Toronto's lead to 5-4. He was mired in a 1-for-29 skid before breaking out with seven hits in the past three games.

"I see a couple of sliders and a couple of split-finger then they made a mistake on a fastball a little inside and up and I hit it pretty good," Perez said.

The Royals sent 10 men to the plate in the eighth, which also included Omar Infante driving in two runs after collecting six RBI on Sunday. Nori Aoki and Jarrod Dyson added RBI singles.

"That's the motto in here, never give up and always play like we're in it," Dyson said. "You just need to scratch one, scratch two and we gained momentum and just took off from there. It was all momentum. Salvador put us back in there. That was the game-changer right there. We kind of knew we were coming back after that."

Aaron Crow (1-1), the third of four Royals pitchers, picked up the victory with a scoreless eighth inning and has not allowed an earned run while allowing only five hits in nine innings this season.

Brett Cecil (0-2) took the loss, retiring only two of the five batters he faced.

The Blue Jays' bullpen gave up seven runs in two innings after starter Dustin McGowan left the game.

"We just got hit tonight," Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said of his relievers. "We had an off day yesterday so they were fresh. We didn't help things out. We let guys take the extra base by missing the cutoff man. You're not going to win that way. We've proved that we can play good defense."

Jose Bautista hit a home run for the Blue Jays off Royals left-hander Jason Vargas and has reached base in all 26 games.

Melky Cabrera extended his hitting streak to 11 games with a double and triple, and drove in two Toronto runs. He tops the majors with 41 hits.

Cabrera's triple in the fifth scored Jose Reyes, who had doubled. Cabrera scored on Vargas' wild pitch, putting the Blue Jays up 3-2.

McGowan, who has missed three seasons with injuries, pitched into the seventh inning, holding the Royals to three hits and three runs, two earned.

"I'm really encouraged," McGowan said. "I went deep into the game. That's all I've been wanting to do. Sometimes the results are overshadowed by the innings you've pitched. But good things happen when you get deep in games."

The Royals took advantage of two walks and a wild pitch, plus a throwing error on catcher Dioner Navarro to score two runs in the second inning.

The Royals won a challenge review in the second, taking away a RBI infield single from Chris Getz.

The Royals have scored 19 runs in winning the past two games.

"It's going to click; we know that," Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer said of the offense. "We're confident in our group. We've been getting some timely hits. It's a great thing about this offense. It could be a different guy every day that steps up and has a big night. Salvy obviously had that night tonight."


Royals LHP Bruce Chen received a shot for a bulging disc in his lower back and will miss a start. Chen will attempt to a throw a side session Thursday and if that goes well would start Saturday against Detroit. ... Getz had his contract purchased from Triple-A Buffalo, where he hit .309 in 18 games. The Jays optioned rookie IF Ryan Goins, who was hitting .150 with two extra-base hits in 60 at-bats, to Buffalo. ... The start of the game was delayed 27 minutes by rain. ... The Royals scored a season-high 10 runs and are 13-0 when scoring four or more runs.

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Players of the Game
Kansas City

S. Perez
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 1

M. Cabrera
AB 5
R 1
H 2
HR 0

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Toronto Blue Jays
Jose Reyes, SS5221011 .220
Melky Cabrera, LF5122010 .347
Jose Bautista, RF3211210 .295
Edwin Encarnacion, 1B5112000 .240
Dioner Navarro, C4020100 .318
Juan Francisco, DH5000035 .242
Brett Lawrie, 3B4020000 .192
Colby Rasmus, CF4120013 .202
Chris Getz, 2B3000003 .000
   Jonathan Diaz, 2B0000000 .182
Dustin McGowan, P0000000 .000
   Steve Delabar, P0000000 .000
   Brett Cecil, P0000000 .000
   Sergio Santos, P0000000 .000
   Esmil Rogers, P0000000 .000
2B - Jose Reyes (3, Vargas), Melky Cabrera (8, Vargas), Colby Rasmus (6, Vargas)
3B - Melky Cabrera (2, Vargas)
HR - Jose Bautista (8, Vargas), Edwin Encarnacion (2, Coleman)
SH - Chris Getz (1)
RBI - Jose Reyes (5), Melky Cabrera 2 (11), Jose Bautista (18), Edwin Encarnacion 2 (14)
2-OUT RBI - Jose Bautista (3)
Team LOB - 8
Outfield Assists - Jose Bautista 1
DP - J. Bautista-Lawrie
E - Dioner Navarro (1, Throwing)
Toronto Blue Jays
Dustin McGowan 6332320 5.87
Steve Delabar (H,5) 0.2211011 4.22
Brett Cecil (L,0-2; H,7) 0.2222110 5.23
Sergio Santos (BS,2) 0.1233110 8.31
Esmil Rogers 0.1211000 6.28
WP - Dustin McGowan (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Dustin McGowan 92-58, Steve Delabar 21-17, Brett Cecil 17-10, Sergio Santos 20-9, Esmil Rogers 14-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Dustin McGowan 5-10, Brett Cecil 1-0
Batters Faced - Dustin McGowan 23, Steve Delabar 4, Brett Cecil 5, Sergio Santos 4, Esmil Rogers 3
Kansas City Royals
Norichika Aoki, RF4121101 .286
Omar Infante, 2B5012002 .275
Eric Hosmer, 1B5110011 .290
Billy Butler, DH4120000 .221
   Jimmy Paredes, PR-DH0100000 .000
Alex Gordon, LF3210112 .278
Salvador Perez, C4224001 .250
Mike Moustakas, 3B2000211 .155
Alcides Escobar, SS3100112 .286
Jarrod Dyson, CF4121012 .375
Jason Vargas, P0000000 .000
   Kelvin Herrera, P0000000 .000
   Aaron Crow, P0000000 .000
   Louis Coleman, P0000000 .000
2B - Norichika Aoki (4, McGowan), Alex Gordon (10, McGowan), Salvador Perez (9, Santos)
HR - Salvador Perez (2, Delabar)
RBI - Norichika Aoki (5), Omar Infante 2 (19), Salvador Perez 4 (10), Jarrod Dyson (2)
2-OUT RBI - Norichika Aoki (1), Omar Infante 2 (7), Jarrod Dyson (2)
SB - Alcides Escobar (5, 3rd base off McGowan/Navarro), Jarrod Dyson (5, 2nd base off Cecil/Navarro)
Team LOB - 5
Kansas City Royals
Jason Vargas 6.11055051 2.40
Kelvin Herrera 0.2000200 2.79
Aaron Crow (W,1-1) 1100000 0.00
Louis Coleman 1122121 7.71
WP - Jason Vargas (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Jason Vargas 94-64, Kelvin Herrera 13-4, Aaron Crow 5-4, Louis Coleman 21-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jason Vargas 7-7, Kelvin Herrera 2-0
Batters Faced - Jason Vargas 29, Kelvin Herrera 4, Aaron Crow 4, Louis Coleman 5
Game Information
Attendance - 10705
Game Time - 3:08
Temperature - 47
Umpires - Home - James Hoye, First Base - Mark Wegner, Second Base - John Tumpane, Third Base - Bob Davidson