Pillar homers in 8th to lift Blue Jays over Royals 6-5

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) With Kevin Pillar down in the count 0-2 with two outs in the eighth inning, Kansas City Royals catcher Salvador Perez went out to talk to reliever Blaine Boyer.

Whatever they discussed did not work.

Pillar hit a two-run homer on the next pitch to lift the Toronto Blue Jays over the Royals 6-5 on Tuesday night.

''You fall behind, it's the eighth inning,'' Pillar said. ''He probably tells him don't give me anything to hit, but that's the beauty of baseball. You've still got to execute pitches.

''The only thing that threw me off a little is after the meeting they kind of shifted their infield back to the right side, so I figured I was probably going to get something away or something soft to see if I would chase. I didn't overthink the situation. I just told myself to stay ready.''

Boyer (2-1) retired his first two batters before walking Aledmys Diaz. Pillar hit the next pitch over the wall down the left field line.

Ken Giles worked a perfect ninth for his 14th save and second with the Blue Jays since being acquired from Houston on July 30.

Perez and Jorge Bonifacio hit back-to-back doubles in the seventh off Jake Petricka (2-1) to give the Royals a short-lived 5-4 lead.

Adalberto Mondesi had a career-high four hits, including two doubles, stole three bases, drove in a run and scored a run for Kansas City.

''That's the way I play the game,'' Mondesi said. ''I just got to keep working hard and keep doing my thing, so I can go out and show the fans what they want to see.''

The Blue Jays, who had scored four runs in their previous four games total, jumped to a 3-0 advantage. Teoscar Hernandez and Kendrys Morales walked to lead off the second and both scored. Pillar contributed a two-out RBI single, while the other run scored when Diaz grounded into a double play.

Heath Fillmyer walked two more Jays in the third and hit Russell Martin with a pitch with the bases loaded for the third run.

The Royals answered with three runs in third, which included Perez's run-producing double and Whit Merrifield and Alex Gordon adding RBI singles.

Danny Jansen put the Blue Jays ahead 4-3 in the fourth with his first big league home run in his second game.

The Royals quickly tied it with Mondesi's two-out single scoring Alcides Escobar, who had doubled.

Fillmyer left after five innings and 93 pitches, allowing four runs, five hits and five walks.

''I fell behind a lot of counts and ended up walking them and three of them ended up costing me,'' Fillmyer said. ''When you get yourself in trouble, it's never what you want to do.''

Blue Jays starter Ryan Borucki was pulled after four innings, yielding four runs, six hits and four walks.

''It was a tough one for him,'' Toronto manager John Gibbons said. ''His command was definitely off. His big pitch, his changeup, was missing. He developed a pretty good blister on his (right) foot and I know that was tender. I felt after four it was probably enough.''

Borucki said he initially felt the blister in the third inning.

''In the fourth I felt it kind of split open,'' he said. ''It was kind of tough to push off at the end.''

The Royals have lost 10 of 12.

Rain delayed the start of the game 31 minutes.

ROYALS RECALL LOPEZ

The Royals recalled RHP Jorge Lopez, who was acquired from the Brewers on July 27 as part of the Mike Moustakas trade, from Triple-A Omaha after the game. He will start Wednesday. The club will make a corresponding before the game to make roster space for Lopez.

DOUBLES FOR ESCOBAR

Escobar's sixth-inning double was the 200th of his career. He is the 11th Royal to reach that milestone.

JAYS ACQUIRE BAKER

The Blue Jays acquired minor league RHP Bryan Baker from the Rockies as the player to be named in a July 26 trade that sent RHP Seunghawan Oh to Colorado. Baker posted a 3.80 ERA in 43 relief appearances with Class A Lancaster.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Blue Jays: Boyer was making his first appearance since April 29 and missing 61 games with a back strain. ... RHP Aaron Sanchez (bruised right index finger) will make a rehab start Wednesday for Class A Dunedin in the Florida State League.

UP NEXT

Blue Jays: RHP Marco Estrada (5-9, 4.84 ERA) will start the third game of the series.

Royals: Lopez will replace RHP Burch Smith in the rotation and make his Kansas City debut.

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TOR54-65
021100020660
KC36-83
0031001005120
  • W: J. Petricka (2-1)L: B. Boyer (2-1)S: K. Giles (14)
  • HR: TOR - K. Pillar (10), D. Jansen (1)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
C. Granderson RF31000100.231.332.409.7422.0
a- R. Grichuk PH-RF10000000.228.287.456.7420.0
D. Travis 2B50000011.246.295.400.695-0.5
J. Smoak 1B40200110.259.367.476.8433.5
T. Hernandez LF31000114.241.300.488.7881.5
K. Morales DH11000300.239.323.408.7314.0
R. Martin 3B30110001.201.345.346.6923.0
A. Diaz SS31000115.258.291.462.7531.5
K. Pillar CF41231000.247.277.412.6899.0
D. Jansen C41111001.429.429.8571.2866.0
  • a-grounded out for Granderson in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
W. Merrifield 2B41110102.299.367.418.7856.0
A. Gordon LF41110120.242.321.342.6633.0
S. Perez C51210023.232.273.424.6975.0
J. Bonifacio RF40110101.207.294.339.6334.0
R. Herrera DH30100102.249.294.335.6292.0
H. Dozier 1B40000014.211.273.327.600-0.5
B. Phillips CF40100012.227.292.364.655-0.5
A. Escobar 3B41100020.203.255.283.5382.0
A. Mondesi SS41410000.279.295.450.74514.0
    BATTING
    • 2B - J. Smoak (32)
    • HR - K. Pillar (10), D. Jansen
    • RBI - R. Martin (25), K. Pillar 3 (44), D. Jansen
    • 2-Out RBI - R. Martin (9), K. Pillar 3 (15)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - T. Hernandez, R. Martin, A. Diaz 3 (3), D. Jansen
    BATTING
    • 2B - S. Perez 2 (17), J. Bonifacio (11), A. Escobar (15), A. Mondesi 2 (8)
    • RBI - W. Merrifield (38), A. Gordon (29), S. Perez (56), J. Bonifacio (10), A. Mondesi (15)
    • 2-Out RBI - A. Mondesi (4)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - W. Merrifield 2 (2), S. Perez 3 (3), R. Herrera, H. Dozier
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - W. Merrifield (26), A. Mondesi 3 (15)
    • CS - B. Phillips
    FIELDING
    • DP - 2 (Diaz-Smoak; Diaz-Travis-Smoak)
    FIELDING
    • DP - 2 (Mondesi-Merrifield-Dozier; Mondesi-Merrifield-Dozier)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    R. Borucki4.06444103.291.46-1.5
    J. Biagini2.03000106.381.653.5
    T. Pannone0.10000106.001.330.5
    J. Petricka (W, 2-1)0.22110104.911.604.5
    T. Clippard (H, 10)1.01000203.701.143.0
    K. Giles (S, 14)1.00000205.941.3211.0
    PITCHERSIP
    R. Borucki4.0
    J. Biagini2.0
    T. Pannone0.1
    J. Petricka (W, 2-1)0.2
    T. Clippard (H, 10)1.0
    K. Giles (S, 14)1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    H. Fillmyer5.05445313.611.372.5
    J. Adam2.00001104.781.255.5
    B. Boyer (L, 2-1) (BS, 1)1.012210112.052.08-6.0
    T. Hill1.00000005.031.383.0
    PITCHERSIP
    H. Fillmyer5.0
    J. Adam2.0
    B. Boyer (L, 2-1) (BS, 1)1.0
    T. Hill1.0
    PITCHING
    • IBB - R. Borucki (2)
    • Pitches-Strikes - R. Borucki 81-43, J. Biagini 23-16, T. Pannone 6-3, J. Petricka 15-10, T. Clippard 16-11, K. Giles 12-9
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - R. Borucki 6-4, J. Biagini 2-1, J. Petricka 1-0, K. Giles 1-0
    • Batters Faced - R. Borucki 21, J. Biagini 7, T. Pannone, J. Petricka 4, T. Clippard 4, K. Giles 3
    PITCHING
    • HBP - H. Fillmyer (2)
    • Pitches-Strikes - H. Fillmyer 93-52, J. Adam 26-15, B. Boyer 22-14, T. Hill 8-5
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - H. Fillmyer 6-4, J. Adam 1-4, B. Boyer 2-1, T. Hill 3-0
    • Batters Faced - H. Fillmyer 24, J. Adam 7, B. Boyer 5, T. Hill 3
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    TOR54-65
    021100020660
    KC36-83
    0031001005120
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    C. Granderson RF31000100.231.332.409.7422.0
    a- R. Grichuk PH-RF10000000.228.287.456.7420.0
    D. Travis 2B50000011.246.295.400.695-0.5
    J. Smoak 1B40200110.259.367.476.8433.5
    T. Hernandez LF31000114.241.300.488.7881.5
    K. Morales DH11000300.239.323.408.7314.0
    R. Martin 3B30110001.201.345.346.6923.0
    A. Diaz SS31000115.258.291.462.7531.5
    K. Pillar CF41231000.247.277.412.6899.0
    D. Jansen C41111001.429.429.8571.2866.0
    Total3166527412-----
    • a-grounded out for Granderson in the 9th
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    W. Merrifield 2B41110102.299.367.418.7856.0
    A. Gordon LF41110120.242.321.342.6633.0
    S. Perez C51210023.232.273.424.6975.0
    J. Bonifacio RF40110101.207.294.339.6334.0
    R. Herrera DH30100102.249.294.335.6292.0
    H. Dozier 1B40000014.211.273.327.600-0.5
    B. Phillips CF40100012.227.292.364.655-0.5
    A. Escobar 3B41100020.203.255.283.5382.0
    A. Mondesi SS41410000.279.295.450.74514.0
    Total36512504814-----
      BATTING
      • 2B - J. Smoak (32)
      • HR - K. Pillar (10), D. Jansen
      • RBI - R. Martin (25), K. Pillar 3 (44), D. Jansen
      • 2-Out RBI - R. Martin (9), K. Pillar 3 (15)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - T. Hernandez, R. Martin, A. Diaz 3 (3), D. Jansen
      BATTING
      • 2B - S. Perez 2 (17), J. Bonifacio (11), A. Escobar (15), A. Mondesi 2 (8)
      • RBI - W. Merrifield (38), A. Gordon (29), S. Perez (56), J. Bonifacio (10), A. Mondesi (15)
      • 2-Out RBI - A. Mondesi (4)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - W. Merrifield 2 (2), S. Perez 3 (3), R. Herrera, H. Dozier
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - W. Merrifield (26), A. Mondesi 3 (15)
      • CS - B. Phillips
      FIELDING
      • DP - 2 (Diaz-Smoak; Diaz-Travis-Smoak)
      FIELDING
      • DP - 2 (Mondesi-Merrifield-Dozier; Mondesi-Merrifield-Dozier)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      R. Borucki4.06444103.291.46-1.5
      J. Biagini2.03000106.381.653.5
      T. Pannone0.10000106.001.330.5
      J. Petricka (W, 2-1)0.22110104.911.604.5
      T. Clippard (H, 10)1.01000203.701.143.0
      K. Giles (S, 14)1.00000205.941.3211.0
      Total9.01255480---
      PITCHERSIP
      R. Borucki4.0
      J. Biagini2.0
      T. Pannone0.1
      J. Petricka (W, 2-1)0.2
      T. Clippard (H, 10)1.0
      K. Giles (S, 14)1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      H. Fillmyer5.05445313.611.372.5
      J. Adam2.00001104.781.255.5
      B. Boyer (L, 2-1) (BS, 1)1.012210112.052.08-6.0
      T. Hill1.00000005.031.383.0
      Total9.0666742---
      PITCHERSIP
      H. Fillmyer5.0
      J. Adam2.0
      B. Boyer (L, 2-1) (BS, 1)1.0
      T. Hill1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • IBB - R. Borucki (2)
      • Pitches-Strikes - R. Borucki 81-43, J. Biagini 23-16, T. Pannone 6-3, J. Petricka 15-10, T. Clippard 16-11, K. Giles 12-9
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - R. Borucki 6-4, J. Biagini 2-1, J. Petricka 1-0, K. Giles 1-0
      • Batters Faced - R. Borucki 21, J. Biagini 7, T. Pannone, J. Petricka 4, T. Clippard 4, K. Giles 3
      PITCHING
      • HBP - H. Fillmyer (2)
      • Pitches-Strikes - H. Fillmyer 93-52, J. Adam 26-15, B. Boyer 22-14, T. Hill 8-5
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - H. Fillmyer 6-4, J. Adam 1-4, B. Boyer 2-1, T. Hill 3-0
      • Batters Faced - H. Fillmyer 24, J. Adam 7, B. Boyer 5, T. Hill 3
      • 8TH INNING
        Pillar homered to left, Diaz scored65
      • 7TH INNING
        Bonifacio doubled to deep left, Perez scored45
      • 4TH INNING
        Mondesi singled to shallow center, Escobar scored44
        Jansen homered to left43
      • 3RD INNING
        Perez doubled to deep right, Gordon scored33
        Gordon singled to right, Merrifield scored32
        Merrifield singled to shallow right, Mondesi scored31
        Martin hit by pitch, Granderson scored, Smoak to third, Morales to second30
      • 2ND INNING
        Pillar singled to center, Morales scored20
        Diaz grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Hernandez scored, Morales to third, Martin out at second10
      • 9TH INNING
        • Tim Hill relieved Blaine Boyer
        • Randal Grichuk hit for Curtis Granderson
        • R. Grichuk: Strike looking, Grichuk grounded out to pitcher
        • D. Travis: Ball, Ball, Travis grounded out to second
        • J. Smoak: Ball, Strike looking, Smoak grounded out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Ken Giles relieved Tyler Clippard
        • A. Gordon: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Gordon struck out swinging
        • S. Perez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Perez struck out swinging
        • J. Bonifacio: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Bonifacio grounded out to pitcher
        • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Blaine Boyer relieved Jason Adam
        • K. Morales: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Morales grounded out to second
        • R. Martin: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Martin grounded out to first
        • A. Diaz: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Diaz walked
        • K. Pillar: Strike looking, Foul, Pillar homered to left, Diaz scored
        • D. Jansen: Strike looking, Ball, Jansen popped out to second
        • Middle of the 8th (2 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • Tyler Clippard relieved Jake Petricka
        • B. Phillips: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Phillips struck out swinging
        • A. Escobar: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Escobar struck out looking
        • A. Mondesi: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Mondesi singled to right
        • W. Merrifield: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Merrifield flied out to left
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • J. Adam Pitching:
        • C. Granderson: Ball, Granderson popped out to third
        • D. Travis: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Travis struck out swinging
        • J. Smoak: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Smoak walked
        • T. Hernandez: Hernandez fouled out to first
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Thomas Pannone relieved Joe Biagini
        • A. Gordon: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Gordon struck out swinging
        • Jake Petricka relieved Thomas Pannone
        • S. Perez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Perez doubled to left center
        • J. Bonifacio: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Bonifacio doubled to deep left, Perez scored
        • R. Herrera: Ball, Ball, Herrera grounded out to third
        • H. Dozier: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Dozier struck out swinging
        • End of the 7th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • Jason Adam relieved Heath Fillmyer
        • A. Diaz: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Diaz flied out to left
        • K. Pillar: Ball, Strike swinging, Pillar popped out to third
        • D. Jansen: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Jansen grounded out to third
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Biagini Pitching:
        • B. Phillips: Phillips reached on bunt single to pitcher
        • A. Escobar: Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Phillips caught stealing, catcher to second, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Escobar struck out swinging
        • A. Mondesi: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Mondesi doubled to deep right center
        • W. Merrifield: Ball, Mondesi stole third, Ball, Strike swinging, Merrifield flied out to left
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • H. Fillmyer Pitching:
        • J. Smoak: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Smoak singled to shallow center
        • T. Hernandez: Hernandez grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Smoak out at second
        • K. Morales: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Morales walked
        • R. Martin: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Martin popped out to first
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • Joe Biagini relieved Ryan Borucki
        • J. Bonifacio: Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Bonifacio grounded out to pitcher
        • R. Herrera: Herrera singled to shallow center
        • H. Dozier: Dozier grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Herrera out at second
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • H. Fillmyer Pitching:
        • K. Pillar: Pillar flied out to deep center
        • D. Jansen: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Jansen homered to left
        • C. Granderson: Strike looking, Ball, Granderson grounded out to shortstop
        • D. Travis: Strike looking, Ball, Travis lined out to center
        • Middle of the 4th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • R. Borucki Pitching:
        • H. Dozier: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Dozier grounded out to third
        • B. Phillips: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Phillips grounded out to shortstop
        • A. Escobar: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Escobar doubled to deep left
        • A. Mondesi: Foul, Ball, Ball, Mondesi singled to shallow center, Escobar scored
        • W. Merrifield: Pickoff attempt, Mondesi stole second, Ball, Ball, Ball, Merrifield intentionally walked
        • A. Gordon: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Gordon walked, Mondesi to third, Merrifield to second
        • S. Perez: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Perez struck out looking
        • End of the 4th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • H. Fillmyer Pitching:
        • C. Granderson: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Granderson walked
        • D. Travis: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Travis grounded out to shortstop, Granderson to second
        • J. Smoak: Ball, Ball, Smoak doubled to deep right, Granderson to third
        • T. Hernandez: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Hernandez struck out swinging
        • K. Morales: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Morales walked
        • R. Martin: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Martin hit by pitch, Granderson scored, Smoak to third, Morales to second
        • A. Diaz: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Diaz struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 3rd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • R. Borucki Pitching:
        • A. Escobar: Strike looking, Escobar grounded out to pitcher
        • A. Mondesi: Mondesi doubled to deep left
        • W. Merrifield: Strike looking, Ball, Mondesi stole third, Merrifield singled to shallow right, Mondesi scored
        • A. Gordon: Ball, Merrifield stole second, Ball, Gordon singled to right, Merrifield scored
        • S. Perez: Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Foul, Perez doubled to deep right, Gordon scored
        • J. Bonifacio: Bonifacio flied out to deep center, Perez to third
        • R. Herrera: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Herrera grounded out to second
        • End of the 3rd (3 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • H. Fillmyer Pitching:
        • T. Hernandez: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Hernandez walked
        • K. Morales: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Ball, Morales walked, Hernandez to second
        • R. Martin: Strike looking, Martin reached on an infield single to shortstop, Hernandez to third, Morales to second
        • A. Diaz: Diaz grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Hernandez scored, Morales to third, Martin out at second
        • K. Pillar: Strike looking, Pillar singled to center, Morales scored
        • D. Jansen: Foul, Ball, Jansen popped out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 2nd (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • R. Borucki Pitching:
        • J. Bonifacio: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Bonifacio walked
        • R. Herrera: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Herrera walked, Bonifacio to second
        • H. Dozier: Ball, Dozier flied out to deep left
        • B. Phillips: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Phillips grounded into double play shortstop to first, Herrera out at second
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • H. Fillmyer Pitching:
        • C. Granderson: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Granderson grounded out to first
        • D. Travis: Strike looking, Travis grounded out to third
        • J. Smoak: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Smoak struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • R. Borucki Pitching:
        • W. Merrifield: Ball, Ball, Merrifield grounded out to third
        • A. Gordon: Ball, Ball, Gordon lined out to first
        • S. Perez: Strike looking, Perez flied out to center
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)