Osuna back on mound, finishes off Toronto's 8-2 win over KC

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Back on the mound, Roberto Osuna settled into his comfort zone.

The Toronto closer struck out three in a scoreless ninth inning a day after saying he was dealing with anxiety issues, and the Blue Jays avoided a sweep by beating the Kansas City Royals 8-2 Sunday.

''I felt really good and I felt better than yesterday and the day before,'' Osuna said through a translator. ''I'm just ready to work on that and get over it.''

Jose Bautista homered and drove in a season-high four runs and Francisco Liriano earned his 100th career victory.

Osuna didn't pitch in a save situation on Friday night, and the Blue Jays' bullpen let a game get away. On Saturday, the 22-year-old reliever said he was out of sorts mentally and feeling lost.

Osuna has received an outpouring of support on social media.

''I didn't read everything, but I hear about it,'' he said. ''I really appreciate the support of the people, but I have other stuff to think about right now. I just thank the fans for that, but I'm just trying to work on that by myself.''

''I'm just trying to do my best when I go out there and I'm trying to follow directions, whatever the doctors and trainers here tell me to do. I just follow directions and hopefully it's going to get better,'' he said.

Osuna, who has 19 saves, returned to the mound in a non-save spot and gave up an infield single while getting the last three outs.

''If there comes a time or day he doesn't feel he could, he would let us know,'' Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said. ''But that's personal stuff. You guys need to stay out of that.''

Bautista hit a two-run, 450-foot homer in the fifth that tied it. He walked with the bases loaded in a five-run sixth and singled home Kevin Pillar, who had three hits, in the seventh.

Bautista did a little celebration dance with Osuna after the final out.

''Hopefully he can continue to come out there when we need him,'' Bautista said. ''It's encouraging to see him just go out and pitch well.''

Liriano (4-3) allowed two runs on six hits while pitching into the seventh. He improved to 100-95 in 12 seasons with Toronto, Minnesota, the White Sox and Pittsburgh.

The Blue Jays scored five runs off relievers Scott Alexander (0-2) and Peter Moylan, who combined to face six batters and retire none. Josh Donaldson's two-run double was the key hit in the sixth.

Royals starter Jason Hammel left after five innings and 105 pitches. He gave up five hits and struck out six.

Jorge Bonifacio homered in the first for the Royals. He doubled in the fourth and scored on Eric Hosmer's single.

''You win the first two games, you're obviously disappointed you don't sweep,'' Royals manager Ned Yost said. ''The fact we won the series is a little bit of a consolation.''

MOYLAN EJECTED

After Moylan was pulled in the sixth, he had a few choice words on the way to the dugout for plate umpire John Tumpane and was ejected. Moylan had issues with Tumpane's strike zone.

''I don't know whether you noticed my reaction, but I felt a couple of them could have been called strikes in that situation,'' Moylan said when he walked Bautista. ''A 2-2 count as opposed to a 3-1 count changes the whole at-bat and the whole game really.''

NOT GOOD IN DIVISION

The Royals will play their next seven games against AL Central opponents Detroit and Minnesota. Kansas City is 9-18 within the division. The Royals are 12-7 against AL East clubs, 11-10 against AL West and 5-2 against the National League.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Royals: LHP Danny Duffy (right oblique strain) made his first minor league rehab start Saturday for Triple-A Omaha. He allowed two runs on three hits, including a home run, struck out three and walked one. ''He felt good. His stuff was good,'' Yost said. Duffy threw 48 pitches. His next scheduled start will be Thursday at Colorado Springs.

UP NEXT

Blue Jays: After an off-day Monday, RHP Kevin Gausman (3-7, 6.47) will start Tuesday against visiting Baltimore.

Royals: LHP Matt Strahm (2-4, 4.80) will start Tuesday at Detroit.

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TOR36-39
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KC37-37
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  • W: F. Liriano (4-3)L: S. Alexander (0-2)
  • HR: TOR - J. Bautista (13), KC - J. Bonifacio (11)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
J. Bautista RF52241102.234.345.416.76112.0
R. Martin C51110104.220.374.390.7645.0
J. Donaldson 3B40120113.280.379.536.9154.5
J. Smoak 1B40100114.304.367.588.9551.5
K. Morales DH50010026.262.309.480.7890.0
T. Tulowitzki SS40100114.242.301.356.6561.5
D. Smith LF20000021.370.414.444.858-1.0
a- D. Barney PH-2B31100004.235.273.309.5822.0
K. Pillar CF42300100.260.315.422.7377.0
R. Goins 2B21100012.217.280.349.6301.5
b- S. Pearce PH-LF11000101.250.307.442.7493.0
I. Parmley LF0000-000.000.000.000.000-
  • a-singled for D. Smith in the 6th
  • b-walked for Goins in the 6th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
W. Merrifield LF40000021.283.325.443.768-1.0
J. Bonifacio RF42211000.250.316.469.7859.0
L. Cain CF40200011.280.355.454.8091.5
E. Hosmer 1B40210001.302.359.466.8253.0
S. Perez DH40100011.290.321.528.8491.5
C. Cuthbert 3B30000111.196.221.272.4930.5
A. Escobar SS40100002.210.230.276.5061.0
R. Torres 2B40100010.286.348.381.7290.5
D. Butera C30000003.231.242.369.6120.0
    BATTING
    • 2B - R. Martin (6), J. Donaldson (8), K. Pillar (19)
    • HR - J. Bautista (13)
    • RBI - J. Bautista 4 (35), R. Martin (16), J. Donaldson 2 (20), K. Morales (44)
    BATTING
    • 2B - J. Bonifacio (9), S. Perez (15)
    • HR - J. Bonifacio (11)
    • RBI - J. Bonifacio (26), E. Hosmer (32)
    FIELDING
    • Outfield Assist - K. Pillar (5)
    FIELDING
    • E - C. Cuthbert (4), A. Escobar (6)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    F. Liriano (W, 4-3)6.06221215.461.6120.0
    D. Barnes1.00000002.160.903.0
    D. Leone1.02000103.511.201.5
    R. Osuna1.01000302.400.773.5
    PITCHERSIP
    F. Liriano (W, 4-3)6.0
    D. Barnes1.0
    D. Leone1.0
    R. Osuna1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    J. Hammel5.05223614.751.448.0
    S. Alexander (L, 0-2)0.01332002.421.12-11.0
    P. Moylan0.01211006.851.56-3.0
    M. Minor1.00000101.880.973.5
    N. Feliz1.02110006.431.430.0
    K. McCarthy1.01001102.891.071.5
    T. Wood1.01000006.281.812.0
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - F. Liriano 93-57, D. Barnes 14-8, D. Leone 14-10, R. Osuna 18-12
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - F. Liriano 8-7
    • Batters Faced - F. Liriano 24, D. Barnes 3, D. Leone 4, R. Osuna 4
    • Balks - F. Liriano
    PITCHING
    • HBP - T. Wood
    • Pitches-Strikes - J. Hammel 105-63, S. Alexander 13-4, P. Moylan 12-6, M. Minor 12-8, N. Feliz 14-8, K. McCarthy 17-9, T. Wood 11-6
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Hammel 3-7, P. Moylan 1-0, M. Minor 2-1, N. Feliz 2-1, K. McCarthy 1-0, T. Wood 2-0
    • Batters Faced - J. Hammel 24, S. Alexander 3, P. Moylan 3, M. Minor 4, N. Feliz 5, K. McCarthy 4, T. Wood 4
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    TOR36-39
    0000251008110
    KC37-37
    100100000292
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    J. Bautista RF52241102.234.345.416.76112.0
    R. Martin C51110104.220.374.390.7645.0
    J. Donaldson 3B40120113.280.379.536.9154.5
    J. Smoak 1B40100114.304.367.588.9551.5
    K. Morales DH50010026.262.309.480.7890.0
    T. Tulowitzki SS40100114.242.301.356.6561.5
    D. Smith LF20000021.370.414.444.858-1.0
    a- D. Barney PH-2B31100004.235.273.309.5822.0
    K. Pillar CF42300100.260.315.422.7377.0
    R. Goins 2B21100012.217.280.349.6301.5
    b- S. Pearce PH-LF11000101.250.307.442.7493.0
    I. Parmley LF0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    Total39811817831-----
    • a-singled for D. Smith in the 6th
    • b-walked for Goins in the 6th
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    W. Merrifield LF40000021.283.325.443.768-1.0
    J. Bonifacio RF42211000.250.316.469.7859.0
    L. Cain CF40200011.280.355.454.8091.5
    E. Hosmer 1B40210001.302.359.466.8253.0
    S. Perez DH40100011.290.321.528.8491.5
    C. Cuthbert 3B30000111.196.221.272.4930.5
    A. Escobar SS40100002.210.230.276.5061.0
    R. Torres 2B40100010.286.348.381.7290.5
    D. Butera C30000003.231.242.369.6120.0
    Total38210211713-----
      BATTING
      • 2B - R. Martin (6), J. Donaldson (8), K. Pillar (19)
      • HR - J. Bautista (13)
      • RBI - J. Bautista 4 (35), R. Martin (16), J. Donaldson 2 (20), K. Morales (44)
      BATTING
      • 2B - J. Bonifacio (9), S. Perez (15)
      • HR - J. Bonifacio (11)
      • RBI - J. Bonifacio (26), E. Hosmer (32)
      FIELDING
      • Outfield Assist - K. Pillar (5)
      FIELDING
      • E - C. Cuthbert (4), A. Escobar (6)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      F. Liriano (W, 4-3)6.06221215.461.6120.0
      D. Barnes1.00000002.160.903.0
      D. Leone1.02000103.511.201.5
      R. Osuna1.01000302.400.773.5
      Total9.0922161---
      PITCHERSIP
      F. Liriano (W, 4-3)6.0
      D. Barnes1.0
      D. Leone1.0
      R. Osuna1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Hammel5.05223614.751.448.0
      S. Alexander (L, 0-2)0.01332002.421.12-11.0
      P. Moylan0.01211006.851.56-3.0
      M. Minor1.00000101.880.973.5
      N. Feliz1.02110006.431.430.0
      K. McCarthy1.01001102.891.071.5
      T. Wood1.01000006.281.812.0
      Total9.01187781---
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Hammel5.0
      S. Alexander (L, 0-2)0.0
      P. Moylan0.0
      M. Minor1.0
      N. Feliz1.0
      K. McCarthy1.0
      T. Wood1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - F. Liriano 93-57, D. Barnes 14-8, D. Leone 14-10, R. Osuna 18-12
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - F. Liriano 8-7
      • Batters Faced - F. Liriano 24, D. Barnes 3, D. Leone 4, R. Osuna 4
      • Balks - F. Liriano
      PITCHING
      • HBP - T. Wood
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Hammel 105-63, S. Alexander 13-4, P. Moylan 12-6, M. Minor 12-8, N. Feliz 14-8, K. McCarthy 17-9, T. Wood 11-6
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Hammel 3-7, P. Moylan 1-0, M. Minor 2-1, N. Feliz 2-1, K. McCarthy 1-0, T. Wood 2-0
      • Batters Faced - J. Hammel 24, S. Alexander 3, P. Moylan 3, M. Minor 4, N. Feliz 5, K. McCarthy 4, T. Wood 4
      • 7TH INNING
        Bautista singled to center, Pillar scored82
      • 6TH INNING
        Morales reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Martin scored, Donaldson to third72
        Donaldson doubled to right, Pearce and Bautista scored, Martin to third62
        Martin safe at first on 3rd baseman Cuthbert fielding error, Pillar scored, Pearce to third, Bautista to second42
        Bautista walked, Barney scored, Pillar to third, Pearce to second32
      • 5TH INNING
        Bautista homered to left center, Goins scored22
      • 4TH INNING
        Hosmer singled to left center, Bonifacio scored02
      • 1ST INNING
        Bonifacio homered to left center01
      • 9TH INNING
        • Travis Wood relieved Kevin McCarthy
        • K. Pillar: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Pillar singled to left
        • S. Pearce: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Pearce hit by pitch, Pillar to second
        • J. Bautista: Ball, Bautista grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Pillar to third, Pearce out at second
        • R. Martin: Martin grounded out to third
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • Ian Parmley in left
        • Roberto Osuna relieved Dominic Leone
        • S. Perez: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Perez struck out swinging
        • C. Cuthbert: Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Cuthbert struck out swinging
        • A. Escobar: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Escobar reached on an infield single to shortstop
        • R. Torres: Ball, Escobar to second on fielder's indifference, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike looking, Torres struck out looking
        • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Kevin McCarthy relieved Neftali Feliz
        • J. Smoak: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Smoak walked
        • K. Morales: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Morales struck out swinging
        • T. Tulowitzki: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Tulowitzki singled to center, Smoak to second
        • D. Barney: Strike looking, Strike looking, Barney grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Tulowitzki out at second
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • Dominic Leone relieved Danny Barnes
        • W. Merrifield: Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Merrifield struck out swinging
        • J. Bonifacio: Strike looking, Bonifacio flied out to deep right
        • L. Cain: Ball, Cain reached on an infield single to second
        • E. Hosmer: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Cain to second on fielder's indifference, Hosmer singled to left center, Hosmer out at second
        • End of the 8th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • Neftali Feliz relieved Mike Minor
        • K. Pillar: Pillar doubled to deep right center
        • S. Pearce: Ball, Strike looking, Pearce grounded out to first, Pillar to third
        • J. Bautista: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Bautista singled to center, Pillar scored
        • R. Martin: Ball, Ball, Martin lined out to right
        • J. Donaldson: Strike looking, Ball, Donaldson reached on fielder's choice to second, Bautista out at second
        • Middle of the 7th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • F. Liriano Pitching:
        • S. Perez: Strike looking, Ball, Perez doubled to deep center
        • C. Cuthbert: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Cuthbert walked
        • Danny Barnes relieved Francisco Liriano
        • A. Escobar: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Escobar flied out to center
        • R. Torres: Torres flied out to center
        • D. Butera: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Butera lined out to left
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • Scott Alexander relieved Jason Hammel
        • Darwin Barney hit for Dwight Smith
        • D. Barney: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Barney singled to center
        • K. Pillar: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Pillar walked, Barney to second
        • Steve Pearce hit for Ryan Goins
        • S. Pearce: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Pearce walked, Barney to third, Pillar to second
        • Peter Moylan relieved Scott Alexander
        • J. Bautista: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Bautista walked, Barney scored, Pillar to third, Pearce to second
        • R. Martin: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Martin safe at first on 3rd baseman Cuthbert fielding error, Pillar scored, Pearce to third, Bautista to second
        • J. Donaldson: Ball, Donaldson doubled to right, Pearce and Bautista scored, Martin to third
        • Mike Minor relieved Peter Moylan
        • J. Smoak: Ball, Smoak grounded out to shortstop
        • K. Morales: Ball, Ball, Foul, Morales reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Martin scored, Donaldson to third
        • T. Tulowitzki: Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Tulowitzki struck out swinging
        • D. Barney: Strike looking, Ball, Barney popped out to second
        • Middle of the 6th (5 Runs, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
        • F. Liriano Pitching:
        • J. Bonifacio: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Bonifacio flied out to shallow right
        • L. Cain: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Cain singled to right
        • E. Hosmer: Hosmer grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Cain out at second
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • J. Hammel Pitching:
        • R. Goins: Goins singled to center
        • J. Bautista: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Bautista homered to left center, Goins scored
        • R. Martin: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Martin walked
        • J. Donaldson: Ball, Strike swinging, Donaldson popped out to shortstop
        • J. Smoak: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Smoak reached on fielder's choice to center, Martin to second on shortstop Escobar fielding error
        • K. Morales: Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Morales struck out swinging
        • T. Tulowitzki: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Tulowitzki flied out to right
        • Middle of the 5th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
        • F. Liriano Pitching:
        • A. Escobar: Ball, Escobar lined out to right
        • R. Torres: Strike looking, Ball, Torres singled to center
        • D. Butera: Foul, Pickoff attempt, Butera grounded out to third, Torres to second
        • W. Merrifield: Strike looking, Merrifield grounded out to second
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • J. Hammel Pitching:
        • T. Tulowitzki: Strike looking, Tulowitzki flied out to deep center
        • D. Smith: Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Smith struck out swinging
        • K. Pillar: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Pillar popped out to second
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • F. Liriano Pitching:
        • J. Bonifacio: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Bonifacio doubled to shallow left
        • L. Cain: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Cain flied out to left
        • E. Hosmer: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Hosmer singled to left center, Bonifacio scored
        • S. Perez: Perez reached on fielder's choice to pitcher, Hosmer out at second
        • C. Cuthbert: Ball, Ball, Perez to second on balk, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Cuthbert grounded out to second
        • End of the 4th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • J. Hammel Pitching:
        • J. Bautista: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Bautista fouled out to right
        • R. Martin: Foul, Ball, Ball, Martin grounded out to third
        • J. Donaldson: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Donaldson walked
        • J. Smoak: Smoak singled to center, Donaldson to third
        • K. Morales: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Morales popped out to third
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • F. Liriano Pitching:
        • R. Torres: Ball, Strike swinging, Torres grounded out to shortstop
        • D. Butera: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Butera popped out to shortstop
        • W. Merrifield: Ball, Merrifield lined out to right
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • J. Hammel Pitching:
        • K. Morales: Foul, Morales flied out to deep right
        • T. Tulowitzki: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Tulowitzki walked
        • D. Smith: Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Smith struck out swinging
        • K. Pillar: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Ball, Pillar singled to left, Tulowitzki to second
        • R. Goins: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Goins struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • F. Liriano Pitching:
        • S. Perez: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Perez popped out to third
        • C. Cuthbert: Strike looking, Cuthbert grounded out to second
        • A. Escobar: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Escobar fouled out to right
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • J. Hammel Pitching:
        • J. Bautista: Foul, Ball, Bautista grounded out to shortstop
        • R. Martin: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Martin doubled to center
        • J. Donaldson: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Donaldson struck out swinging
        • J. Smoak: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Smoak struck out looking
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • F. Liriano Pitching:
        • W. Merrifield: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Merrifield struck out swinging
        • J. Bonifacio: Foul, Ball, Ball, Bonifacio homered to left center
        • L. Cain: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Cain struck out swinging
        • E. Hosmer: Foul, Foul, Ball, Hosmer grounded out to third
        • End of the 1st (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)