Stroman ends 5-start winless streak, Jays beat Royals 5-2

TORONTO (AP) Marcus Stroman made sure he didn't have to wait any longer for his career-high 12th victory.

Stroman pitched seven innings to win for the first time in six starts, Darwin Barney hit a two-run homer and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Kansas City Royals 5-2 on Tuesday night.

''It all started with Stroman,'' Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said. ''He did a heck of a job. Seven strong innings in a tight ball game.''

Kansas City outfielder Alex Gordon's solo home run off Ryan Tepera in the eighth was the 5,694th of this major league season, breaking the record set in 2000 at the height of the Steroids Era. The record was broken with just less than two weeks remaining in the regular season.

''A pretty cool thing to be a part of,'' Gordon said. ''I didn't hit many this year but I guess I made one count.''

Gordon, who has eight home runs this season, didn't intend to keep the ball from his milestone homer.

''I'm going to give it to Cooperstown,'' Gordon said. ''I figured they'd probably have much more reason to have it than I do. I don't really want to remember too much about this season so I'll probably just give it away and let them take care of it.''

There were 5,610 homers last year, an average of 2.31 per game, and this year's average of 2.53 entering Tuesday projects to 6,139. That would be up 47 percent from 4,186 in 2014.

''I don't know what to make of it,'' Royals manager Ned Yost said. ''Guys are bigger and guys are stronger but so are the pitchers. There sure are a lot of home runs being hit.''

Barney went 2 for 3 with three RBIs as the Blue Jays opened their final homestand on a winning note.

Stroman (12-8) allowed one run and four hits for his first victory since Aug. 16 against Tampa Bay.

''He was really good tonight,'' Yost said. ''He was changing speeds, had a lot of action on his fastball, moving all over the place. Good slider, really good changeup.''

Stroman has pitched 191 1/3 innings this season, and has two starts left to eclipse his record of 204, set last season.

''I feel extremely strong,'' Stroman said. ''I feel great and I'm looking forward to my next two starts.''

Tepera pitched the eighth and Roberto Osuna finished for his 37th save in 47 chances.

Barney reached second base on a one-out throwing error by third baseman Mike Moustakas in the third but appeared to forget how many outs there were and was doubled off on Teoscar Hernadez's liner to center.

That was the first of seven consecutive batters retired by Royals right-hander Ian Kennedy, a streak that ended when Ryan Goins singled to begin the sixth. Barney fell behind 0-2 against Kennedy, then fouled off three straight pitches before homering into the left field bullpen.

''You've just got to give him credit,'' Kennedy said. ''He did a good piece of hitting with two strikes.''

Making his first start since Sept. 8 after missing a turn because of a sore shoulder, Kennedy (4-12) allowed two runs and three hits in five-plus innings. He walked none and struck out two.

Yost said the extra time off for Kennedy ''definitely helped him recover and get some strength back to that shoulder.''

Winless in nine starts, Kennedy is 0-6 with an 8.29 ERA since his last victory, July 26 at Detroit.

Toronto pulled away with a three-run seventh. Russell Martin hit a two-run double off Scott Alexander and Barney greeted Brandon Maurer with an RBI single.

DUBIOUS ACHIEVEMENT

Jose Bautista struck out twice, giving him 159 for the year, matching Jose Canseco (1998) and Kelly Johnson (2012) for the highest season total in Blue Jays history.

CLOSE CALL

Royals C Salvador Perez broke his bat on a second-inning foul ball and was left with just the handle as the barrel flew into the stands behind the third base camera well. Fortunately, no one was injured by the jagged piece of flying lumber.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Royals: Perez (pulled side muscle) and OF Lorenzo Cain (rest) returned to the lineup after sitting out Sunday's loss at Cleveland. Moustakas (right knee), who was limited to pinch-hitting duties Sunday, also started for Kansas City.

UP NEXT

Royals: RHP Jakob Junis (7-2, 4.15) is 4-0 with a 2.35 ERA over his past seven starts. Junis has won five straight decisions and is unbeaten since June 29 at Detroit.

Blue Jays: LHP Brett Anderson (3-3, 5.73) was bothered by a blister during his previous outing, Sept. 14 at Minnesota, but was able to throw a bullpen session Sunday.

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Blue JaysTOR71-80
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  • W: M. Stroman (12-8)L: I. Kennedy (4-12)S: R. Osuna (37)
  • HR: KC - A. Gordon (8), TOR - D. Barney (5)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
W. Merrifield 2B30200100.287.328.461.7883.0
L. Cain CF40000013.300.363.443.806-0.5
M. Cabrera RF40000002.284.325.426.7510.0
E. Hosmer 1B31100111.323.390.506.8962.5
S. Perez C40100011.264.294.485.7790.5
M. Moustakas 3B30110010.271.313.523.8362.5
B. Moss DH30000012.208.283.443.727-0.5
A. Escobar SS30000012.250.272.349.621-0.5
A. Gordon LF31111010.209.286.314.6005.5
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    T. Hernandez LF40000032.255.280.468.748-1.5
    J. Donaldson 3B40100010.268.390.554.9440.5
    J. Smoak 1B40100011.278.360.549.9101.5
    J. Bautista RF40000021.205.312.373.685-1.0
    K. Morales DH30100000.249.305.449.7541.0
    R. Refsnyder DH01000000.167.253.218.4711.0
    K. Pillar CF31100000.258.304.412.7163.0
    R. Martin C31120000.224.351.385.7355.0
    R. Goins SS31100011.227.280.335.6151.5
    D. Barney 2B31231000.237.272.330.6029.0
      BATTING
      • 2B - M. Moustakas (23)
      • HR - A. Gordon (8)
      • SF - M. Moustakas (6)
      • RBI - M. Moustakas (82), A. Gordon (44)
      BATTING
      • 2B - J. Smoak (27), K. Pillar (36), R. Martin (10)
      • HR - D. Barney (5)
      • RBI - R. Martin 2 (30), D. Barney 3 (23)
      • 2-Out RBI - D. Barney (10)
      FIELDING
      • Outfield Assist - L. Cain (6)
      • DP - A. Escobar, W. Merrifield, L. Cain, E. Hosmer
      • E - M. Moustakas (12)
      FIELDING
      • DP - D. Barney, J. Smoak, J. Donaldson
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      I. Kennedy (L, 4-12)5.03220215.391.326.0
      P. Moylan0.11000103.701.11-0.5
      S. Alexander1.13330202.591.30-2.0
      B. Maurer0.11000106.521.55-0.5
      M. Morin1.00000205.941.444.0
      PITCHERSIP
      I. Kennedy (L, 4-12)5.0
      P. Moylan0.1
      S. Alexander1.1
      B. Maurer0.1
      M. Morin1.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      M. Stroman (W, 12-8)7.04112503.011.2926.5
      R. Tepera1.02110013.501.140.0
      R. Osuna (S, 37)1.00000203.540.9011.0
      PITCHERSIP
      M. Stroman (W, 12-8)7.0
      R. Tepera1.0
      R. Osuna (S, 37)1.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - I. Kennedy 63-46, P. Moylan 5-4, S. Alexander 22-17, B. Maurer 7-7, M. Morin 21-12
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - I. Kennedy 6-7, S. Alexander 1-0, M. Morin 1-0
      • Batters Faced - I. Kennedy 18, P. Moylan 2, S. Alexander 6, B. Maurer 2, M. Morin 3
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - M. Stroman 92-61, R. Tepera 16-10, R. Osuna 13-8
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Stroman 10-5, R. Tepera 1-1, R. Osuna 1-0
      • Batters Faced - M. Stroman 26, R. Tepera 4, R. Osuna 3
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      RoyalsKC73-77
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      Blue JaysTOR71-80
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      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      W. Merrifield 2B30200100.287.328.461.7883.0
      L. Cain CF40000013.300.363.443.806-0.5
      M. Cabrera RF40000002.284.325.426.7510.0
      E. Hosmer 1B31100111.323.390.506.8962.5
      S. Perez C40100011.264.294.485.7790.5
      M. Moustakas 3B30110010.271.313.523.8362.5
      B. Moss DH30000012.208.283.443.727-0.5
      A. Escobar SS30000012.250.272.349.621-0.5
      A. Gordon LF31111010.209.286.314.6005.5
      Total3026212711-----
        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        T. Hernandez LF40000032.255.280.468.748-1.5
        J. Donaldson 3B40100010.268.390.554.9440.5
        J. Smoak 1B40100011.278.360.549.9101.5
        J. Bautista RF40000021.205.312.373.685-1.0
        K. Morales DH30100000.249.305.449.7541.0
        R. Refsnyder DH01000000.167.253.218.4711.0
        K. Pillar CF31100000.258.304.412.7163.0
        R. Martin C31120000.224.351.385.7355.0
        R. Goins SS31100011.227.280.335.6151.5
        D. Barney 2B31231000.237.272.330.6029.0
        Total315851085-----
          BATTING
          • 2B - M. Moustakas (23)
          • HR - A. Gordon (8)
          • SF - M. Moustakas (6)
          • RBI - M. Moustakas (82), A. Gordon (44)
          BATTING
          • 2B - J. Smoak (27), K. Pillar (36), R. Martin (10)
          • HR - D. Barney (5)
          • RBI - R. Martin 2 (30), D. Barney 3 (23)
          • 2-Out RBI - D. Barney (10)
          FIELDING
          • Outfield Assist - L. Cain (6)
          • DP - A. Escobar, W. Merrifield, L. Cain, E. Hosmer
          • E - M. Moustakas (12)
          FIELDING
          • DP - D. Barney, J. Smoak, J. Donaldson
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          I. Kennedy (L, 4-12)5.03220215.391.326.0
          P. Moylan0.11000103.701.11-0.5
          S. Alexander1.13330202.591.30-2.0
          B. Maurer0.11000106.521.55-0.5
          M. Morin1.00000205.941.444.0
          Total8.0855081---
          PITCHERSIP
          I. Kennedy (L, 4-12)5.0
          P. Moylan0.1
          S. Alexander1.1
          B. Maurer0.1
          M. Morin1.0
          Total8.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          M. Stroman (W, 12-8)7.04112503.011.2926.5
          R. Tepera1.02110013.501.140.0
          R. Osuna (S, 37)1.00000203.540.9011.0
          Total9.0622271---
          PITCHERSIP
          M. Stroman (W, 12-8)7.0
          R. Tepera1.0
          R. Osuna (S, 37)1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - I. Kennedy 63-46, P. Moylan 5-4, S. Alexander 22-17, B. Maurer 7-7, M. Morin 21-12
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - I. Kennedy 6-7, S. Alexander 1-0, M. Morin 1-0
          • Batters Faced - I. Kennedy 18, P. Moylan 2, S. Alexander 6, B. Maurer 2, M. Morin 3
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - M. Stroman 92-61, R. Tepera 16-10, R. Osuna 13-8
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Stroman 10-5, R. Tepera 1-1, R. Osuna 1-0
          • Batters Faced - M. Stroman 26, R. Tepera 4, R. Osuna 3
          • 8TH INNING
            Gordon homered to right center25
          • 7TH INNING
            Barney singled to left, Martin scored15
            Martin doubled to deep center, Morales and Pillar scored14
            Moustakas hit sacrifice fly to center, Hosmer scored12
          • 6TH INNING
            Barney homered to left, Goins scored02
          • 9TH INNING
            • Roberto Osuna relieved Ryan Tepera
            • E. Hosmer: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Hosmer struck out looking
            • S. Perez: Ball, Foul, Ball, Perez grounded out to third
            • M. Moustakas: Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Moustakas struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • Ryan Tepera relieved Marcus Stroman
            • A. Gordon: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Gordon homered to right center
            • W. Merrifield: Strike looking, Merrifield singled to center
            • L. Cain: Cain grounded into double play third to second to first, Merrifield out at second
            • M. Cabrera: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Cabrera popped out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 8th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Mike Morin relieved Brandon Maurer
            • J. Donaldson: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Donaldson grounded out to shortstop
            • J. Smoak: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Smoak struck out swinging
            • J. Bautista: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Bautista struck out swinging
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • M. Stroman Pitching:
            • E. Hosmer: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Hosmer singled to left
            • S. Perez: Strike looking, Perez singled to right, Hosmer to third
            • M. Moustakas: Ball, Foul, Foul, Moustakas hit sacrifice fly to center, Hosmer scored
            • B. Moss: Ball, Strike looking, Moss reached on fielder's choice to first, Perez out at second
            • A. Escobar: Escobar grounded out to pitcher
            • Middle of the 7th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • S. Alexander Pitching:
            • J. Bautista: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul tip, Bautista struck out on foul tip
            • K. Morales: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Morales singled to center
            • K. Pillar: Strike looking, Pillar doubled to deep right center, Morales to third
            • Rob Refsnyder ran for Kendrys Morales
            • R. Martin: Martin doubled to deep center, Morales and Pillar scored
            • R. Goins: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Goins struck out looking
            • Brandon Maurer relieved Scott Alexander
            • D. Barney: Barney singled to left, Martin scored
            • T. Hernandez: Strike (foul tip), Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Hernandez struck out swinging
            • End of the 7th (3 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • M. Stroman Pitching:
            • W. Merrifield: Foul, Merrifield flied out to deep right
            • L. Cain: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Cain struck out swinging
            • M. Cabrera: Strike looking, Cabrera lined out to left
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • I. Kennedy Pitching:
            • R. Goins: Ball, Goins singled to right
            • D. Barney: Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Foul, Barney homered to left, Goins scored
            • Peter Moylan relieved Ian Kennedy
            • T. Hernandez: Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Hernandez struck out swinging
            • J. Donaldson: Donaldson singled to center
            • Scott Alexander relieved Peter Moylan
            • J. Smoak: Strike looking, Smoak grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Donaldson out at second
            • End of the 6th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • M. Stroman Pitching:
            • B. Moss: Ball, Strike swinging, Moss grounded out to first
            • A. Escobar: Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Escobar struck out swinging
            • A. Gordon: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Gordon struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • I. Kennedy Pitching:
            • K. Morales: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Morales flied out to center
            • K. Pillar: Strike looking, Foul, Pillar flied out to deep center
            • R. Martin: Ball, Ball, Martin lined out to center
            • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • M. Stroman Pitching:
            • E. Hosmer: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Hosmer walked
            • S. Perez: Strike looking, Perez grounded into double play third to second to first, Hosmer out at second
            • M. Moustakas: Ball, Strike looking, Moustakas grounded out to third
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • I. Kennedy Pitching:
            • J. Donaldson: Strike looking, Ball, Donaldson grounded out to shortstop
            • J. Smoak: Strike looking, Strike looking, Smoak flied out to center
            • J. Bautista: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Bautista grounded out to third
            • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • M. Stroman Pitching:
            • A. Gordon: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Gordon grounded out to third
            • W. Merrifield: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Merrifield walked
            • L. Cain: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Cain flied out to right
            • M. Cabrera: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Cabrera grounded out to third
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • I. Kennedy Pitching:
            • R. Goins: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Goins grounded out to first
            • D. Barney: Ball, Barney safe at first on 3rd baseman Moustakas fielding error, Barney to second
            • T. Hernandez: Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Hernandez lined into double play center to shortstop, Barney out at second
            • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
          • 2ND INNING
            • M. Stroman Pitching:
            • S. Perez: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Perez struck out swinging
            • M. Moustakas: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Moustakas doubled to center
            • B. Moss: Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Moss struck out swinging
            • A. Escobar: Ball, Strike looking, Escobar lined out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • I. Kennedy Pitching:
            • K. Morales: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Morales grounded out to shortstop
            • K. Pillar: Foul, Ball, Pillar grounded out to first
            • R. Martin: Martin fouled out to catcher
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • M. Stroman Pitching:
            • W. Merrifield: Strike swinging, Merrifield singled to center
            • L. Cain: Ball, Cain reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Merrifield out at second
            • M. Cabrera: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Cabrera reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Cain out at second
            • E. Hosmer: Ball, Ball, Hosmer reached on fielder's choice to second, Cabrera out at second
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • I. Kennedy Pitching:
            • T. Hernandez: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Hernandez struck out swinging
            • J. Donaldson: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Donaldson struck out swinging
            • J. Smoak: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Smoak doubled to deep right
            • J. Bautista: Bautista popped out to second
            • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)