Solarte, Grichuk power Blue Jays past Royals, 11-3

TORONTO (AP) Yangervis Solarte homered and drove in four runs, Randal Grichuk also went deep and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Kansas City Royals 11-3 on Tuesday in the opener of a doubleheader.

Solarte's third homer of the season was a two-run shot off Erik Skoglund (0-2) into the second deck in the first inning. He has reached base in all 13 games he's played, the longest on-base streak to start a season for Toronto since Jose Bautista's 17-game run in 2016.

The Blue Jays added three more runs off Skoglund with four consecutive singles in the fifth and then put the game away in the sixth, sending 11 batters to the plate and scoring six times.

Jaime Garcia (2-0) allowed back-to-back homers by Mike Moustakas and Lucas Duda in the third. He gave up three runs on eight hits in five innings, walking one and striking out five.

All six of Toronto's runs in the sixth were charged to right-hander Blaine Boyer, whose ERA ballooned to 25.20 even though just two of the runs he allowed Tuesday were earned.

Kevin Pillar reached on a throwing error by third baseman Cheslor Cuthbert to start the inning. He later scored on Grichuk's three-run homer. Solarte added a sacrifice fly and Pillar had a two-run double in his second at-bat of the sixth.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Blue Jays: C Russell Martin and 2B Devon Travis started the opener but sat out the nightcap. ... DH Kendrys Morales (right hamstring) is not expected to require a rehab assignment before rejoining the team. Morales went on the disabled list April 10.

RARE TWIN BILL

Tuesday's doubleheader was just the third at home for the Blue Jays since they moved into their retractable-roof stadium in June of 1989. Toronto swept both games of each previous twin bill, beating the Los Angeles Angels on July 17, 1989, and the Cleveland Indians on October 5, 2001.

The Blue Jays were rained out twice in Cleveland over the weekend and then faced the first streak of three consecutive postponements in franchise history after chunks of ice fell from the adjacent CN Tower, puncturing several holes in the Rogers Centre roof. The biggest hole, over right field, was roughly 3 feet by 5 feet.

Roads, sidewalks and entrance gates on the east side of the stadium, next to the tower, remained cordoned off Tuesday, forcing detours for fans on foot. The tower itself and several nearby restaurants and attractions were also closed.

Kansas City was also the opponent for the only previous cancellation at Rogers Centre. That happened on April 12, 2001, after a collision between two panels of the stadium's moving roof.

The Blue Jays now have 21 games scheduled over the next 20 days.

DOUBLED UP

Kansas City has two more doubleheaders scheduled this month - Saturday at Detroit and on April 28 against the Chicago White Sox.

UP NEXT

The Blue Jays had originally planned to start left-hander J.A. Happ in the nightcap, but instead gave the assignment to right-hander Joe Biagini, who was promoted from Triple-A Buffalo to be the 26th man. Happ will now start Wednesday's series finale.

Left-hander Danny Duffy started the second game for Kansas City. The Royals called up right-hander Scott Barlow from Triple-A Omaha to be their 26th man. Right-hander Ian Kennedy was scheduled to start Wednesday.

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KC3-11
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TOR10-5
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  • W: J. Garcia (2-0)L: E. Skoglund (0-2)
  • HR: KC - M. Moustakas (4), L. Duda (3), TOR - Y. Solarte (3), R. Grichuk (2)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
J. Jay LF40100020.240.345.300.6450.0
a- A. Almonte PH10000000.083.083.083.1670.0
W. Merrifield 2B30100112.259.322.315.6371.5
M. Moustakas DH41211002.339.362.6431.0057.0
L. Duda 1B42211004.302.362.512.8738.0
J. Soler RF40200010.244.333.293.6261.5
C. Cuthbert 3B40200001.229.333.257.5901.0
P. Orlando CF40000014.222.243.278.521-0.5
A. Escobar SS20000012.149.245.255.5010.5
R. Goins SS10000010.250.294.313.607-0.5
C. Gallagher C40100002.200.238.300.5382.0
  • a-grounded out for Jay in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
S. Pearce DH32210010.273.333.606.9394.5
a- C. Granderson PH-DH20000012.308.386.487.874-0.5
T. Hernandez LF52200022.400.400.7001.1004.0
J. Smoak 1B41110101.286.397.482.8794.0
Y. Solarte 3B31241011.311.429.5781.0069.5
G. Ngoepe 3B10000010.071.133.071.205-0.5
R. Martin C30000221.139.262.306.5671.0
K. Pillar CF41120011.304.328.464.7924.5
A. Diaz SS41200013.262.279.595.8742.5
R. Grichuk RF42231001.109.176.283.45911.0
D. Travis 2B31100002.098.178.122.3003.0
  • a-flied out for Pearce in the 6th
BATTING
  • 2B - W. Merrifield (3), C. Gallagher (2)
  • HR - M. Moustakas (4), L. Duda (3)
  • RBI - M. Moustakas (10), L. Duda (9)
  • 2-Out RBI - M. Moustakas, L. Duda (3)
BATTING
  • 2B - T. Hernandez (3), K. Pillar (4), R. Grichuk (2)
  • HR - Y. Solarte (3), R. Grichuk (2)
  • SF - Y. Solarte
  • RBI - S. Pearce (8), J. Smoak (11), Y. Solarte 4 (8), K. Pillar 2 (7), R. Grichuk 3 (5)
  • 2-Out RBI - Y. Solarte 2 (5), K. Pillar 2 (5)
BASERUNNING
  • CS - W. Merrifield (2), C. Cuthbert
FIELDING
  • Outfield Assist - P. Orlando
  • E - C. Cuthbert (2), A. Escobar
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
E. Skoglund (L, 0-2)5.08551619.311.76-1.0
B. Boyer0.146210125.204.00-7.0
B. Smith2.21001401.501.176.0
PITCHERSIP
E. Skoglund (L, 0-2)5.0
B. Boyer0.1
B. Smith2.2
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Garcia (W, 2-0)5.08331523.861.3512.5
S. Oh (H, 1)1.01000102.571.712.5
A. Loup1.02000005.792.141.0
J. Axford2.00000102.451.366.5
PITCHERSIP
J. Garcia (W, 2-0)5.0
S. Oh (H, 1)1.0
A. Loup1.0
J. Axford2.0
PITCHING
  • IBB - B. Boyer (2)
  • HBP - B. Smith
  • Pitches-Strikes - E. Skoglund 77-54, B. Boyer 23-16, B. Smith 50-32
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - E. Skoglund 3-5, B. Boyer 1-1, B. Smith 2-2
  • Batters Faced - E. Skoglund 23, B. Boyer 7, B. Smith 11
PITCHING
  • HBP - J. Garcia (2)
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Garcia 86-51, S. Oh 19-14, A. Loup 16-11, J. Axford 25-19
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Garcia 3-4, S. Oh 2-0, A. Loup 1-2, J. Axford 2-3
  • Batters Faced - J. Garcia 22, S. Oh 4, A. Loup 5, J. Axford 6
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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KC3-11
0120000003112
TOR10-5
20003600X11130
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
J. Jay LF40100020.240.345.300.6450.0
a- A. Almonte PH10000000.083.083.083.1670.0
W. Merrifield 2B30100112.259.322.315.6371.5
M. Moustakas DH41211002.339.362.6431.0057.0
L. Duda 1B42211004.302.362.512.8738.0
J. Soler RF40200010.244.333.293.6261.5
C. Cuthbert 3B40200001.229.333.257.5901.0
P. Orlando CF40000014.222.243.278.521-0.5
A. Escobar SS20000012.149.245.255.5010.5
R. Goins SS10000010.250.294.313.607-0.5
C. Gallagher C40100002.200.238.300.5382.0
Total35311221717-----
  • a-grounded out for Jay in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
S. Pearce DH32210010.273.333.606.9394.5
a- C. Granderson PH-DH20000012.308.386.487.874-0.5
T. Hernandez LF52200022.400.400.7001.1004.0
J. Smoak 1B41110101.286.397.482.8794.0
Y. Solarte 3B31241011.311.429.5781.0069.5
G. Ngoepe 3B10000010.071.133.071.205-0.5
R. Martin C30000221.139.262.306.5671.0
K. Pillar CF41120011.304.328.464.7924.5
A. Diaz SS41200013.262.279.595.8742.5
R. Grichuk RF42231001.109.176.283.45911.0
D. Travis 2B31100002.098.178.122.3003.0
Total36111311231014-----
  • a-flied out for Pearce in the 6th
BATTING
  • 2B - W. Merrifield (3), C. Gallagher (2)
  • HR - M. Moustakas (4), L. Duda (3)
  • RBI - M. Moustakas (10), L. Duda (9)
  • 2-Out RBI - M. Moustakas, L. Duda (3)
BATTING
  • 2B - T. Hernandez (3), K. Pillar (4), R. Grichuk (2)
  • HR - Y. Solarte (3), R. Grichuk (2)
  • SF - Y. Solarte
  • RBI - S. Pearce (8), J. Smoak (11), Y. Solarte 4 (8), K. Pillar 2 (7), R. Grichuk 3 (5)
  • 2-Out RBI - Y. Solarte 2 (5), K. Pillar 2 (5)
BASERUNNING
  • CS - W. Merrifield (2), C. Cuthbert
FIELDING
  • Outfield Assist - P. Orlando
  • E - C. Cuthbert (2), A. Escobar
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
E. Skoglund (L, 0-2)5.08551619.311.76-1.0
B. Boyer0.146210125.204.00-7.0
B. Smith2.21001401.501.176.0
Total8.0131173102---
PITCHERSIP
E. Skoglund (L, 0-2)5.0
B. Boyer0.1
B. Smith2.2
Total8.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Garcia (W, 2-0)5.08331523.861.3512.5
S. Oh (H, 1)1.01000102.571.712.5
A. Loup1.02000005.792.141.0
J. Axford2.00000102.451.366.5
Total9.01133172---
PITCHERSIP
J. Garcia (W, 2-0)5.0
S. Oh (H, 1)1.0
A. Loup1.0
J. Axford2.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • IBB - B. Boyer (2)
  • HBP - B. Smith
  • Pitches-Strikes - E. Skoglund 77-54, B. Boyer 23-16, B. Smith 50-32
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - E. Skoglund 3-5, B. Boyer 1-1, B. Smith 2-2
  • Batters Faced - E. Skoglund 23, B. Boyer 7, B. Smith 11
PITCHING
  • HBP - J. Garcia (2)
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Garcia 86-51, S. Oh 19-14, A. Loup 16-11, J. Axford 25-19
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Garcia 3-4, S. Oh 2-0, A. Loup 1-2, J. Axford 2-3
  • Batters Faced - J. Garcia 22, S. Oh 4, A. Loup 5, J. Axford 6
  • 6TH INNING
    Pillar doubled to deep left, Hernandez and Smoak scored, Martin to third311
    Solarte hit sacrifice fly to center, Travis scored39
    Grichuk homered to left, Pillar and Diaz scored38
  • 5TH INNING
    Solarte singled to shallow center, Hernandez scored, Smoak out at third35
    Smoak singled to shallow right center, Pearce scored, Hernandez to third34
    Pearce singled to right, Grichuk scored33
  • 3RD INNING
    Duda homered to right32
    Moustakas homered to center22
  • 2ND INNING
    Orlando grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Duda scored, Soler to third, Cuthbert out at second12
  • 1ST INNING
    Solarte homered to left, Pearce scored02
  • 9TH INNING
    • J. Axford Pitching:
    • R. Goins: Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Goins struck out looking
    • C. Gallagher: Ball, Strike looking, Gallagher popped out to second
    • Abraham Almonte hit for Jon Jay
    • A. Almonte: Almonte grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • John Axford relieved Aaron Loup
    • Gift Ngoepe at third
    • J. Soler: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Soler popped out to shortstop
    • C. Cuthbert: Strike swinging, Foul, Cuthbert flied out to right
    • P. Orlando: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Orlando grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • B. Smith Pitching:
    • J. Smoak: Strike looking, Smoak grounded out to first
    • G. Ngoepe: Foul, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ngoepe struck out looking
    • R. Martin: Strike (foul tip), Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Martin struck out swinging
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • Aaron Loup relieved Seung-Hwan Oh
    • C. Gallagher: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Gallagher flied out to right
    • J. Jay: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Jay grounded out to first
    • W. Merrifield: Ball, Ball, Merrifield doubled to deep left
    • M. Moustakas: Strike looking, Moustakas reached on an infield single to shortstop, Merrifield to third
    • L. Duda: Strike looking, Duda lined out to left
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Ryan Goins at shortstop
    • R. Grichuk: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Grichuk fouled out to catcher
    • D. Travis: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Travis hit by pitch
    • C. Granderson: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Granderson struck out swinging
    • T. Hernandez: Hernandez grounded out to second
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • Seung-Hwan Oh relieved Jaime Garcia
    • J. Soler: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Soler singled to left center
    • C. Cuthbert: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Cuthbert grounded out to third, Soler to second
    • P. Orlando: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Orlando struck out looking
    • A. Escobar: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Escobar grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Blaine Boyer relieved Eric Skoglund
    • K. Pillar: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Pillar safe at first on 3rd baseman Cuthbert fielding error, Pillar to second
    • A. Diaz: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Diaz reached on an infield single to shortstop
    • R. Grichuk: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Grichuk homered to left, Pillar and Diaz scored
    • D. Travis: Travis singled to center
    • Curtis Granderson hit for Steve Pearce
    • C. Granderson: Ball, Granderson flied out to deep center
    • T. Hernandez: Strike swinging, Ball, Hernandez doubled to deep left, Travis to third
    • J. Smoak: Smoak intentionally walked
    • Burch Smith relieved Blaine Boyer
    • Y. Solarte: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Solarte hit sacrifice fly to center, Travis scored
    • R. Martin: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Martin walked, Hernandez to third, Smoak to second
    • K. Pillar: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Pillar doubled to deep left, Hernandez and Smoak scored, Martin to third
    • A. Diaz: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Diaz struck out swinging
    • End of the 6th (6 Runs, 5 Hits, 1 Error)
  • 5TH INNING
    • J. Garcia Pitching:
    • C. Gallagher: Ball, Gallagher doubled to deep center
    • J. Jay: Jay reached on bunt single to shortstop, Gallagher to third
    • W. Merrifield: Ball, Ball, Merrifield fouled out to right
    • M. Moustakas: Foul, Foul, Foul, Moustakas fouled out to catcher
    • L. Duda: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Duda flied out to deep center
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • E. Skoglund Pitching:
    • R. Grichuk: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Grichuk doubled to center
    • D. Travis: Foul, Ball, Travis lined out to right, Grichuk to third
    • S. Pearce: Foul, Pearce singled to right, Grichuk scored
    • T. Hernandez: Pickoff attempt, Foul, Hernandez singled to center, Pearce to second
    • J. Smoak: Smoak singled to shallow right center, Pearce scored, Hernandez to third
    • Y. Solarte: Strike swinging, Solarte singled to shallow center, Hernandez scored, Smoak out at third
    • R. Martin: Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Martin grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 5th (3 Runs, 5 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • J. Garcia Pitching:
    • C. Cuthbert: Ball, Cuthbert singled to left
    • P. Orlando: Ball, Orlando lined out to right
    • A. Escobar: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Cuthbert caught stealing, catcher to shortstop
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • E. Skoglund Pitching:
    • R. Martin: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Martin walked
    • K. Pillar: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Pillar struck out looking
    • A. Diaz: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Diaz lined into double play first, Martin out at first
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • J. Garcia Pitching:
    • J. Jay: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul tip, Jay struck out on foul tip
    • W. Merrifield: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike looking, Merrifield struck out looking
    • M. Moustakas: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Moustakas homered to center
    • L. Duda: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Duda homered to right
    • J. Soler: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Soler struck out looking
    • Middle of the 3rd (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • E. Skoglund Pitching:
    • S. Pearce: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Pearce struck out looking
    • T. Hernandez: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Hernandez struck out swinging
    • J. Smoak: Ball, Foul, Smoak safe at first on shortstop Escobar fielding error
    • Y. Solarte: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Solarte struck out looking
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
  • 2ND INNING
    • J. Garcia Pitching:
    • L. Duda: Ball, Foul, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Ball, Ball, Duda singled to right
    • J. Soler: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Soler singled to left center, Duda to second
    • C. Cuthbert: Ball, Cuthbert singled to left, Duda to third, Soler to second
    • P. Orlando: Orlando grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Duda scored, Soler to third, Cuthbert out at second
    • A. Escobar: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Escobar hit by pitch
    • C. Gallagher: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Gallagher grounded into fielder's choice to third, Escobar out at second
    • Middle of the 2nd (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • E. Skoglund Pitching:
    • K. Pillar: Ball, Ball, Pillar lined out to center
    • A. Diaz: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Diaz reached on an infield single to pitcher
    • R. Grichuk: Pickoff attempt, Grichuk flied out to deep center
    • D. Travis: Ball, Travis grounded into fielder's choice to third, Diaz out at second
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • J. Garcia Pitching:
    • J. Jay: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Jay struck out swinging
    • W. Merrifield: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Merrifield walked
    • M. Moustakas: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Merrifield picked off at second, pitcher to first to shortstop, Moustakas grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • E. Skoglund Pitching:
    • S. Pearce: Strike looking, Pearce singled to right
    • T. Hernandez: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Hernandez struck out swinging
    • J. Smoak: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Smoak flied out to deep center
    • Y. Solarte: Foul, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Ball, Solarte homered to left, Pearce scored
    • R. Martin: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Martin struck out swinging
    • End of the 1st (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)