Royals spoil Reid-Foley's debut, beat Blue Jays 3-1

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Sean Reid-Foley acknowledged he was a bundle of nerves from his first pitch to his last in his big league debut.

Ryan O'Hearn homered and drove in a career-high three runs, Brad Keller threw seven strong innings and the Kansas City Royals beat the Toronto Blue Jays 3-1 on Monday night to spoil Reid-Foley's first game.

Reid-Foley (0-1) was removed after 97 pitches and five innings, allowing three runs, six hits and three walks while striking out three. Considered among Toronto's top pitching prospects, the 22-year-old Reid-Foley is only the second player in major league history to be born in Guam. He was 12-4 with a 2.98 ERA in 23 minor league starts this season.

''I couldn't really feel my body because I was so nervous,'' Reid-Foley said. ''I felt like my legs weren't really working. That's why a lot of my misses were way out of the zone. I was still nervous in the fifth. Every pitch, still nervous.''

O'Hearn, a rookie who entered hitting .130 with three RBIs, hit an opposite-field homer on Reid-Foley's first pitch with Brett Phillips aboard with two outs in the second.

''(Opposite-field power) is something that has kind of got me here,'' O'Hearn said. ''It's definitely something that has been one of my strengths.''

O'Hearn walked with the bases loaded in the fourth to bring home Lucas Duda, who led off the inning with a single.

Keller (5-5) yielded one run and four hits to pick up his third victory in his past four decisions.

Wily Peralta worked around Justin Smoak's walk leading off the ninth for his seventh save.

Devon Travis homered in the first for Toronto. It was his fourth home run in 26 at-bats at Kauffman Stadium.

''The pitch before, he shattered his bat,'' Keller said. ''So I tried to go back in there and he barreled with me around the pole. I made a good pitch and didn't dwell on it and just tried to go after the next guy.''

Jansen singled to left in the second in his first big league at-bat.

''The whole day I was trying to tell myself it's the same game,'' Jansen said. ''And when I got into the box I was just trying to breathe and trying to put a barrel on the ball.

Russell Martin tried to score from second on Jansen's single, but Alex Gordon threw him out. Gordon picked up his ninth assist and leads the majors with 91 outfield assists since 2010 when he was moved from third base to left field.

Salvador Perez threw out Randal Grichuk on a strike them out, throw them out double play to end the sixth. Perez has thrown out eight of 10 since the All-Star break.

''You dare them to run,'' Royals manager Ned Yost said on Gordon and Perez. ''I'm like, `please run.'''

Whit Merrifield had three of Kansas City's seven hits. The Royals got their second victory in 11 games.

The Blue Jays dropped 31 games behind AL East leader Boston, the furthest they have been out of first since ending 2004 33 1/2 games behind the New York Yankees.

RARE DUO DEBUTING

Reid-Foley and Jansen became the first batterymates to make their major league debuts at the same time in the American League since LHP Billy Rohr and C Russ Gibson on April 14, 1967 for Boston at Yankee Stadium. It has occurred five times in the past 25 years in the National League.

''Both those guys ought to feel real good, even if it was a bad result,'' Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said.

ROYALS DEFENSE SHINES

The Royals played their 13th straight errorless game, extending their club record. They have not committed an error in 120 innings.

''One thing we've consistently done this year is play defense,'' Yost said. ''The same tune we were playing in the championship years. I'm pleased with the way we've played defensively. It's a real struggle when you're not winning games and playing sloppy defense. At least defensively, we're giving ourselves a chance.''

Their last error was July 29 in the first inning at Yankee Stadium.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Blue Jays: 3B Josh Donaldson (left calf tightness) will begin running the bases this week. Gibbons is hopeful that Donaldson will play again this season. ... An MRI revealed IF Yangervis Solarte (oblique) has a Grade 2 strain. He will be re-evaluated in three weeks.

Royals: LHP Danny Duffy (shoulder impingement) was placed on the disabled list. RHP Glenn Sparkman was recalled from Triple-A Omaha and will start on Thursday in Duffy's place.

UP NEXT

Blue Jays: LHP Ryan Borucki is 2-2 with 2.81 ERA in his first eight starts.

Royals: RHP Heath Fillmyer pitched seven scoreless innings against the Cubs to win his previous start.

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  • W: B. Keller (5-5)L: S. Reid-Foley (0-1)S: W. Peralta (7)
  • HR: TOR - D. Travis (9), KC - R. O'Hearn (2)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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C. Granderson LF30100110.234.333.414.7471.5
D. Travis 2B41111003.251.300.408.7086.0
J. Smoak 1B20000201.257.364.473.8382.0
R. Grichuk RF40100022.229.288.457.745-1.0
K. Morales DH40000003.240.318.409.7270.0
R. Martin 3B20000121.199.343.347.6900.0
A. Diaz SS30000011.260.292.466.758-0.5
K. Pillar CF30000011.244.274.403.677-0.5
D. Jansen C30200000.667.667.6671.3332.0
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    W. Merrifield 2B40300010.299.367.420.7862.5
    A. Gordon LF40000013.242.320.343.663-0.5
    S. Perez C40000003.230.271.420.6900.0
    L. Duda 1B31100111.242.313.396.7092.5
    R. Herrera RF30100111.247.290.335.6250.5
    B. Phillips CF21100111.226.294.371.6652.5
    R. O'Hearn DH21131111.160.300.400.7008.5
    A. Mondesi SS20000113.256.273.416.6890.5
    A. Escobar 3B30000004.203.255.281.5350.0
      BATTING
      • HR - D. Travis (9)
      • RBI - D. Travis (36)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - D. Travis 2 (2), K. Morales, D. Jansen
      BATTING
      • HR - R. O'Hearn (2)
      • RBI - R. O'Hearn 3 (6)
      • 2-Out RBI - R. O'Hearn 2 (3)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - S. Perez, L. Duda, R. Herrera
      BASERUNNING
      • CS - R. Grichuk (2)
      BASERUNNING
      • CS - R. Herrera (5)
      FIELDING
      • DP - 3 (Martin-Travis-Smoak; Diaz-Travis-Smoak; Diaz-Travis-Smoak)
      FIELDING
      • Outfield Assist - A. Gordon (9)
      • DP - 3 (Perez-Merrifield; Mondesi-Escobar-Duda; Escobar-Mondesi-Duda)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      S. Reid-Foley (L, 0-1)5.06333315.401.80-0.5
      L. Santos2.01001305.681.685.5
      T. Pannone1.00001106.751.502.5
      PITCHERSIP
      S. Reid-Foley (L, 0-1)5.0
      L. Santos2.0
      T. Pannone1.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      B. Keller (W, 5-5)7.04112413.401.3426.0
      B. Maurer (H, 1)1.01001209.472.472.0
      W. Peralta (S, 7)1.00001103.861.349.5
      PITCHERSIP
      B. Keller (W, 5-5)7.0
      B. Maurer (H, 1)1.0
      W. Peralta (S, 7)1.0
      PITCHING
      • WP - S. Reid-Foley
      • Pitches-Strikes - S. Reid-Foley 97-62, L. Santos 32-17, T. Pannone 20-9
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Reid-Foley 3-7, L. Santos 1-0
      • Batters Faced - S. Reid-Foley 22, L. Santos 6, T. Pannone 4
      PITCHING
      • WP - B. Maurer (2)
      • Pitches-Strikes - B. Keller 101-57, B. Maurer 24-14, W. Peralta 15-8
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - B. Keller 6-8, W. Peralta 1-0
      • Batters Faced - B. Keller 24, B. Maurer 5, W. Peralta 3
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      C. Granderson LF30100110.234.333.414.7471.5
      D. Travis 2B41111003.251.300.408.7086.0
      J. Smoak 1B20000201.257.364.473.8382.0
      R. Grichuk RF40100022.229.288.457.745-1.0
      K. Morales DH40000003.240.318.409.7270.0
      R. Martin 3B20000121.199.343.347.6900.0
      A. Diaz SS30000011.260.292.466.758-0.5
      K. Pillar CF30000011.244.274.403.677-0.5
      D. Jansen C30200000.667.667.6671.3332.0
      Total2815114712-----
        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        W. Merrifield 2B40300010.299.367.420.7862.5
        A. Gordon LF40000013.242.320.343.663-0.5
        S. Perez C40000003.230.271.420.6900.0
        L. Duda 1B31100111.242.313.396.7092.5
        R. Herrera RF30100111.247.290.335.6250.5
        B. Phillips CF21100111.226.294.371.6652.5
        R. O'Hearn DH21131111.160.300.400.7008.5
        A. Mondesi SS20000113.256.273.416.6890.5
        A. Escobar 3B30000004.203.255.281.5350.0
        Total2737315717-----
          BATTING
          • HR - D. Travis (9)
          • RBI - D. Travis (36)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - D. Travis 2 (2), K. Morales, D. Jansen
          BATTING
          • HR - R. O'Hearn (2)
          • RBI - R. O'Hearn 3 (6)
          • 2-Out RBI - R. O'Hearn 2 (3)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - S. Perez, L. Duda, R. Herrera
          BASERUNNING
          • CS - R. Grichuk (2)
          BASERUNNING
          • CS - R. Herrera (5)
          FIELDING
          • DP - 3 (Martin-Travis-Smoak; Diaz-Travis-Smoak; Diaz-Travis-Smoak)
          FIELDING
          • Outfield Assist - A. Gordon (9)
          • DP - 3 (Perez-Merrifield; Mondesi-Escobar-Duda; Escobar-Mondesi-Duda)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          S. Reid-Foley (L, 0-1)5.06333315.401.80-0.5
          L. Santos2.01001305.681.685.5
          T. Pannone1.00001106.751.502.5
          Total8.0733571---
          PITCHERSIP
          S. Reid-Foley (L, 0-1)5.0
          L. Santos2.0
          T. Pannone1.0
          Total8.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          B. Keller (W, 5-5)7.04112413.401.3426.0
          B. Maurer (H, 1)1.01001209.472.472.0
          W. Peralta (S, 7)1.00001103.861.349.5
          Total9.0511471---
          PITCHERSIP
          B. Keller (W, 5-5)7.0
          B. Maurer (H, 1)1.0
          W. Peralta (S, 7)1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • WP - S. Reid-Foley
          • Pitches-Strikes - S. Reid-Foley 97-62, L. Santos 32-17, T. Pannone 20-9
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Reid-Foley 3-7, L. Santos 1-0
          • Batters Faced - S. Reid-Foley 22, L. Santos 6, T. Pannone 4
          PITCHING
          • WP - B. Maurer (2)
          • Pitches-Strikes - B. Keller 101-57, B. Maurer 24-14, W. Peralta 15-8
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - B. Keller 6-8, W. Peralta 1-0
          • Batters Faced - B. Keller 24, B. Maurer 5, W. Peralta 3
          • 4TH INNING
            O'Hearn walked, Duda scored, Herrera to third, Phillips to second13
          • 2ND INNING
            O'Hearn homered to left, Phillips scored12
          • 1ST INNING
            Travis homered to left10
          • 9TH INNING
            • Wily Peralta relieved Brandon Maurer
            • J. Smoak: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Smoak walked
            • R. Grichuk: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Grichuk struck out swinging
            • K. Morales: Ball, Strike swinging, Morales grounded into double play third to shortstop to first, Smoak out at second
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • Brandon Maurer relieved Brad Keller
            • A. Diaz: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Diaz struck out looking
            • K. Pillar: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Pillar struck out swinging
            • D. Jansen: Strike looking, Ball, Jansen reached on an infield single to shortstop
            • C. Granderson: Foul, Ball, Ball, Jansen to second on wild pitch, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Granderson walked
            • D. Travis: Travis lined out to center
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • Thomas Pannone relieved Luis Santos
            • A. Gordon: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Gordon lined out to center
            • S. Perez: Ball, Ball, Ball, Perez fouled out to first
            • L. Duda: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Duda walked
            • R. Herrera: Strike (foul tip), Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Herrera struck out swinging
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • B. Keller Pitching:
            • R. Grichuk: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Grichuk struck out swinging
            • K. Morales: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Morales grounded out to second
            • R. Martin: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Martin struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • L. Santos Pitching:
            • A. Mondesi: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Mondesi walked
            • A. Escobar: Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Escobar grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Mondesi out at second
            • W. Merrifield: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Merrifield struck out looking
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • B. Keller Pitching:
            • C. Granderson: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Granderson singled to right
            • D. Travis: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Travis fouled out to catcher
            • J. Smoak: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Smoak grounded into double play shortstop to third to first, Granderson out at second
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • Luis Santos relieved Sean Reid-Foley
            • R. Herrera: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Herrera singled to left
            • B. Phillips: Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Phillips struck out looking
            • R. O'Hearn: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, O'Hearn struck out looking
            • A. Mondesi: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Herrera caught stealing, catcher to shortstop
            • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • B. Keller Pitching:
            • A. Diaz: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Diaz popped out to shortstop
            • K. Pillar: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Pillar lined out to center
            • D. Jansen: Jansen flied out to right
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • S. Reid-Foley Pitching:
            • W. Merrifield: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Merrifield singled to right
            • A. Gordon: Gordon flied out to deep center
            • S. Perez: Ball, Foul, Foul, Perez flied out to deep right
            • L. Duda: Pickoff attempt, Foul, Foul, Ball, Merrifield to second on wild pitch, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Duda struck out looking
            • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • B. Keller Pitching:
            • R. Grichuk: Grichuk singled to right
            • K. Morales: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Morales flied out to deep left
            • R. Martin: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Grichuk caught stealing, catcher to second
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • S. Reid-Foley Pitching:
            • L. Duda: Strike looking, Foul, Duda singled to shallow center
            • R. Herrera: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Herrera walked, Duda to second
            • B. Phillips: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Phillips singled to right, Duda to third, Herrera to second
            • R. O'Hearn: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, O'Hearn walked, Duda scored, Herrera to third, Phillips to second
            • A. Mondesi: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Mondesi popped out to second
            • A. Escobar: Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Escobar grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, O'Hearn out at second
            • End of the 4th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • B. Keller Pitching:
            • C. Granderson: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Granderson struck out swinging
            • D. Travis: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Travis grounded out to pitcher
            • J. Smoak: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Smoak grounded out to pitcher
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • S. Reid-Foley Pitching:
            • A. Escobar: Ball, Escobar popped out to shortstop
            • W. Merrifield: Ball, Ball, Merrifield singled to left
            • A. Gordon: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Gordon struck out swinging
            • S. Perez: Ball, Perez grounded out to third
            • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • B. Keller Pitching:
            • R. Martin: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Martin walked
            • A. Diaz: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Diaz grounded out to pitcher, Martin to second
            • K. Pillar: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Pillar lined out to left
            • D. Jansen: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Jansen singled to left, Martin out at home
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • S. Reid-Foley Pitching:
            • L. Duda: Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Duda lined out to center
            • R. Herrera: Strike swinging, Herrera flied out to center
            • B. Phillips: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Phillips walked
            • R. O'Hearn: O'Hearn homered to left, Phillips scored
            • A. Mondesi: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Mondesi struck out swinging
            • End of the 2nd (2 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • B. Keller Pitching:
            • C. Granderson: Strike looking, Granderson flied out to deep right
            • D. Travis: Ball, Foul, Travis homered to left
            • J. Smoak: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Smoak walked
            • R. Grichuk: Ball, Grichuk flied out to center
            • K. Morales: Strike swinging, Morales grounded out to second
            • Middle of the 1st (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • S. Reid-Foley Pitching:
            • W. Merrifield: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Merrifield singled to left
            • A. Gordon: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Gordon flied out to deep right
            • S. Perez: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Perez grounded into double play third to second to first, Merrifield out at second
            • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)