Granderson's grand slam leads Jays past Royals 6-5

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Curtis Granderson held up both hands, showing 10 fingers, one for each grand slam.

Granderson ran his career grand slam total into the double digits, Marco Estrada pitched effectively into the seventh inning and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Kansas City Royals 6-5 on Wednesday night.

Jorge Lopez (0-2), who was making his Royals debut after being acquired July 27 from Milwaukee as part of the Mike Moustakas trade, threw a 2-0 fastball that Granderson drove over the Royals' right-field bullpen gate with two outs in the fourth inning.

Granderson's 10th career grand slam was his second this year, both against the Royals. The first was April 18 in Toronto. He has 19 home runs and 50 RBIs in 106 games against Kansas City.

''You never envision that they're going to happen, because everything has to line itself up for it,'' Granderson said. ''Actually, finding out today that it was 10 of them. Sure enough, it was the 10th one, but any time you can do that and score that many runs with one swing is cool.''

Royals pitchers have yielded a major league-leading 10 grand slams.

A report surfaced Tuesday that Granderson had cleared waivers, making it possible for the Blue Jays to trade the veteran, who still has pop in his bat at age 37.

''It's interesting,'' Granderson said. ''What that means? Not too much, except that there are possibilities, at the same time all outside my control.''

Kevin Pillar singled home Teoscar Hernandez with the first run of the fourth and contributed an RBI single in the second for the Blue Jays, who have won three of four.

Lopez was removed after 4 2/3 innings, allowing six runs on eight hits, two walks and a hit batter.

''I'm a little disappointed with the outing, but it was just one pitch took away the outing,'' Lopez said. ''When you miss like that with the good hitters, it's always trouble.''

Estrada (6-9) gave up four runs on six hits, two of them homers by Salvador Perez, over 6 2/3 innings to pick up his first career victory at Kauffman Stadium.

''I located pitches,'' Estrada said. ''Even the pitch to Salvy, the second home run, I threw it exactly where I wanted. Just one of those where you make the pitch and kind of look back and, how did he hit that? But he's a good hitter.''

Perez connected in the first with Whit Merrifield aboard and led off the fourth with his 21st home run. Perez has hit at least 20 homers in four consecutive seasons, joining .John Mayberry, Steve Balboni, Bo Jackson and Mike Sweeney among the Royals to accomplish that feat.

''It means a lot to me,'' Perez said. ''Twenty homers is a lot of help for the team.''

Brett Phillips tripled in the seventh and scored on Alcides Escobar's two-out single for the other run off Estrada.

Ken Giles allowed a pinch-hit homer to Ryan O'Hearn but still earned his 15th save in as many chances and his third with the Blue Jays.

The Royals lost for the 11th time in 13 games and are 1-5 against the Jays this season.

Rain delayed the start of the game by 15 minutes.

HE'S THAT FAST

Adalberto Mondesi stole three bases, including one when he was picked off first base, on Tuesday. Royals manager Ned Yost compared Mondesi's acceleration to former Kansas City speedsters Jarrod Dyson and Terrance Gore. ''It's up there,'' Yost said. ''It's very easy, quick, hard speed. It's just, boom, he's gone. It's like the Road Runner. You expect a little pillow of dust following him. He's that fast.''

ROSTER MOVES

Blue Jays: LHP Tim Mayza was recalled from Triple-A Buffalo. LHP Thomas Pannone was optioned to the Bisons.

Royals: RHP Blaine Boyer, who yielded a two-run eighth inning homer on Tuesday in a 6-5 loss to Toronto, was released. Boyer had a 12.05 ERA in 21 relief appearances. ... The Royals sent Gore to the Cubs for cash considerations. In parts of four seasons with Kansas City, Gore was primarily used as a pinch runner, stealing 21 of 25 bases and scoring 24 runs, but went 0-for-11 in 49 games.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Blue Jays: RHP Aaron Sanchez (bruised right index finger) made a rehab start for Class-A Dunedin in the Class A Florida State League, going 3 2/3 innings and allowing one run on two hits, while walking four and striking out three. He threw 35 strikes in 74 pitches.

Royals: OF Brian Goodwin (left groin strain) will begin a rehab assignment Thursday with Triple-A Omaha.

UP NEXT

Blue Jays: RHP Sam Gaviglio (2-5, 4.86 ERA), who was with the Royals last September and traded to Toronto in spring training, will start the series finale.

Royals: RHP Glenn Sparkman (0-1, 5.06) will make his first career start after eight relief appearances.

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  • W: M. Estrada (6-9)L: J. Lopez (0-2)S: K. Giles (15)
  • HR: TOR - C. Granderson (11), KC - S. Perez 2 (21), R. O'Hearn (3)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
C. Granderson DH41241001.235.334.421.75510.0
a- K. Morales PH-DH10000000.238.322.406.7290.0
R. Grichuk RF50100012.227.285.452.7370.5
J. Smoak 1B40000101.257.365.471.8361.0
T. Hernandez LF52200033.243.301.490.7913.5
R. Martin 3B31100101.202.349.346.6964.0
K. Pillar CF31220111.250.281.414.6955.5
A. Diaz SS41100004.257.291.459.7492.0
L. Maile C40000015.230.315.348.664-0.5
R. Urena 2B30100103.269.296.423.7193.0
  • a-grounded out for Granderson in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
W. Merrifield DH31100110.299.368.418.7852.5
A. Gordon LF30000112.240.321.339.6600.5
S. Perez C42332001.237.277.443.72014.0
L. Duda 1B40000023.238.309.390.699-1.0
R. Herrera 2B40000000.243.288.328.6160.0
J. Bonifacio RF30000000.202.288.331.6180.0
a- R. O'Hearn PH11111000.192.323.538.8616.0
B. Phillips CF41100000.229.289.386.6754.0
A. Escobar 3B40110010.204.255.282.5371.5
A. Mondesi SS30000001.273.289.439.7280.0
  • a-homered for Bonifacio in the 9th
BATTING
  • 2B - T. Hernandez (26), R. Urena
  • HR - C. Granderson (11)
  • RBI - C. Granderson 4 (35), K. Pillar 2 (46)
  • 2-Out RBI - C. Granderson 4 (18)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Smoak, T. Hernandez 3 (3), A. Diaz 2 (2), L. Maile 2 (2)
BATTING
  • 3B - B. Phillips (3)
  • HR - S. Perez 2 (21), R. O'Hearn (3)
  • RBI - S. Perez 3 (59), R. O'Hearn (7), A. Escobar (25)
  • 2-Out RBI - A. Escobar (11)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - L. Duda, A. Mondesi
FIELDING
  • DP - (Diaz-Smoak)
FIELDING
  • Outfield Assist - B. Phillips (2)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
M. Estrada (W, 6-9)6.26441324.871.2715.5
R. Tepera (H, 11)1.10001103.981.232.5
K. Giles (S, 15)1.01110116.031.318.5
PITCHERSIP
M. Estrada (W, 6-9)6.2
R. Tepera (H, 11)1.1
K. Giles (S, 15)1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Lopez (L, 0-2)4.28662314.441.60-7.5
B. Smith2.12002206.711.603.0
T. Hill1.00000004.891.343.0
J. Hammel1.00000106.101.633.5
PITCHERSIP
J. Lopez (L, 0-2)4.2
B. Smith2.1
T. Hill1.0
J. Hammel1.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - M. Estrada 94-65, R. Tepera 20-10, K. Giles 12-10
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Estrada 3-13, R. Tepera 1-2, K. Giles 1-1
  • Batters Faced - M. Estrada 26, R. Tepera 5, K. Giles 4
PITCHING
  • WP - J. Lopez (2)
  • HBP - J. Lopez
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Lopez 88-57, B. Smith 37-23, T. Hill 7-4, J. Hammel 14-9
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Lopez 1-9, B. Smith 2-3, T. Hill 2-1
  • Batters Faced - J. Lopez 24, B. Smith 11, T. Hill 3, J. Hammel 3
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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C. Granderson DH41241001.235.334.421.75510.0
a- K. Morales PH-DH10000000.238.322.406.7290.0
R. Grichuk RF50100012.227.285.452.7370.5
J. Smoak 1B40000101.257.365.471.8361.0
T. Hernandez LF52200033.243.301.490.7913.5
R. Martin 3B31100101.202.349.346.6964.0
K. Pillar CF31220111.250.281.414.6955.5
A. Diaz SS41100004.257.291.459.7492.0
L. Maile C40000015.230.315.348.664-0.5
R. Urena 2B30100103.269.296.423.7193.0
Total36610614621-----
  • a-grounded out for Granderson in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
W. Merrifield DH31100110.299.368.418.7852.5
A. Gordon LF30000112.240.321.339.6600.5
S. Perez C42332001.237.277.443.72014.0
L. Duda 1B40000023.238.309.390.699-1.0
R. Herrera 2B40000000.243.288.328.6160.0
J. Bonifacio RF30000000.202.288.331.6180.0
a- R. O'Hearn PH11111000.192.323.538.8616.0
B. Phillips CF41100000.229.289.386.6754.0
A. Escobar 3B40110010.204.255.282.5371.5
A. Mondesi SS30000001.273.289.439.7280.0
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  • a-homered for Bonifacio in the 9th
BATTING
  • 2B - T. Hernandez (26), R. Urena
  • HR - C. Granderson (11)
  • RBI - C. Granderson 4 (35), K. Pillar 2 (46)
  • 2-Out RBI - C. Granderson 4 (18)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Smoak, T. Hernandez 3 (3), A. Diaz 2 (2), L. Maile 2 (2)
BATTING
  • 3B - B. Phillips (3)
  • HR - S. Perez 2 (21), R. O'Hearn (3)
  • RBI - S. Perez 3 (59), R. O'Hearn (7), A. Escobar (25)
  • 2-Out RBI - A. Escobar (11)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - L. Duda, A. Mondesi
FIELDING
  • DP - (Diaz-Smoak)
FIELDING
  • Outfield Assist - B. Phillips (2)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
M. Estrada (W, 6-9)6.26441324.871.2715.5
R. Tepera (H, 11)1.10001103.981.232.5
K. Giles (S, 15)1.01110116.031.318.5
Total9.0755253---
PITCHERSIP
M. Estrada (W, 6-9)6.2
R. Tepera (H, 11)1.1
K. Giles (S, 15)1.0
Total9.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Lopez (L, 0-2)4.28662314.441.60-7.5
B. Smith2.12002206.711.603.0
T. Hill1.00000004.891.343.0
J. Hammel1.00000106.101.633.5
Total9.01066461---
PITCHERSIP
J. Lopez (L, 0-2)4.2
B. Smith2.1
T. Hill1.0
J. Hammel1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - M. Estrada 94-65, R. Tepera 20-10, K. Giles 12-10
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Estrada 3-13, R. Tepera 1-2, K. Giles 1-1
  • Batters Faced - M. Estrada 26, R. Tepera 5, K. Giles 4
PITCHING
  • WP - J. Lopez (2)
  • HBP - J. Lopez
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Lopez 88-57, B. Smith 37-23, T. Hill 7-4, J. Hammel 14-9
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Lopez 1-9, B. Smith 2-3, T. Hill 2-1
  • Batters Faced - J. Lopez 24, B. Smith 11, T. Hill 3, J. Hammel 3
  • 9TH INNING
    O'Hearn homered to right65
  • 7TH INNING
    Escobar singled to left center, Phillips scored64
  • 4TH INNING
    Perez homered to left63
    Granderson homered to right, Martin, Pillar and Diaz scored62
    Pillar singled to center, Hernandez scored, Martin to second22
  • 2ND INNING
    Pillar singled to center, Hernandez scored12
  • 1ST INNING
    Perez homered to left center, Merrifield scored02
  • 9TH INNING
    • Jason Hammel relieved Tim Hill
    • J. Smoak: Strike looking, Smoak fouled out to catcher
    • T. Hernandez: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Hernandez struck out swinging
    • R. Martin: Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Martin flied out to left
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Ken Giles relieved Ryan Tepera
    • R. Herrera: Herrera grounded out to second
    • Ryan O'Hearn hit for Jorge Bonifacio
    • R. O'Hearn: Strike looking, Strike looking, O'Hearn homered to right
    • B. Phillips: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Phillips fouled out to first
    • A. Escobar: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Escobar struck out swinging
    • End of the 9th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Tim Hill relieved Burch Smith
    • R. Urena: Ball, Strike looking, Urena grounded out to pitcher
    • Kendrys Morales hit for Curtis Granderson
    • K. Morales: Morales grounded out to shortstop
    • R. Grichuk: Ball, Ball, Grichuk flied out to right
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • R. Tepera Pitching:
    • W. Merrifield: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Merrifield lined out to shortstop
    • A. Gordon: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Gordon walked
    • S. Perez: Ball, Ball, Perez fouled out to catcher
    • L. Duda: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Duda struck out swinging
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • B. Smith Pitching:
    • R. Martin: Strike looking, Martin singled to center
    • K. Pillar: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Pillar struck out looking
    • A. Diaz: Diaz reached on fielder's choice to third, Martin out at second
    • L. Maile: Ball, Foul, Foul, Maile flied out to deep right
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • M. Estrada Pitching:
    • R. Herrera: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Herrera flied out to deep center
    • J. Bonifacio: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Bonifacio lined out to center
    • B. Phillips: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Phillips tripled to deep right center
    • A. Escobar: Ball, Strike looking, Escobar singled to left center, Phillips scored
    • Ryan Tepera relieved Marco Estrada
    • A. Mondesi: Mondesi grounded out to second
    • End of the 7th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • B. Smith Pitching:
    • L. Maile: Ball, Foul, Maile lined out to center
    • R. Urena: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Urena walked
    • C. Granderson: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Foul, Granderson singled to right center, Urena to second
    • R. Grichuk: Ball, Grichuk flied out to deep center, Urena to third
    • J. Smoak: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Smoak walked, Granderson to second
    • T. Hernandez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Hernandez struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • M. Estrada Pitching:
    • W. Merrifield: Ball, Strike looking, Merrifield reached on bunt single to shortstop
    • A. Gordon: Foul, Gordon flied out to deep center
    • S. Perez: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Perez singled to center, Merrifield to second
    • L. Duda: Foul, Duda grounded into double play shortstop to first, Perez out at second
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • J. Lopez Pitching:
    • J. Smoak: Strike swinging, Smoak flied out to right
    • T. Hernandez: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Hernandez struck out looking
    • R. Martin: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Martin walked
    • K. Pillar: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Pillar walked, Martin to second
    • Burch Smith relieved Jorge Lopez
    • A. Diaz: Strike looking, Ball, Diaz grounded out to catcher
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • M. Estrada Pitching:
    • B. Phillips: Strike swinging, Phillips flied out to deep left
    • A. Escobar: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Escobar popped out to second
    • A. Mondesi: Foul, Ball, Ball, Mondesi grounded out to first
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • J. Lopez Pitching:
    • T. Hernandez: Hernandez reached on an infield single to third
    • R. Martin: Ball, Martin hit by pitch, Hernandez to second
    • K. Pillar: Ball, Pillar singled to center, Hernandez scored, Martin to second
    • A. Diaz: Foul, Diaz singled to left, Martin to third, Pillar to second
    • L. Maile: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Maile struck out swinging
    • R. Urena: Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Urena fouled out to third
    • C. Granderson: Ball, Ball, Granderson homered to right, Martin, Pillar and Diaz scored
    • R. Grichuk: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Grichuk struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 4th (5 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • M. Estrada Pitching:
    • S. Perez: Strike looking, Perez homered to left
    • L. Duda: Foul, Foul, Duda lined out to center
    • R. Herrera: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Herrera fouled out to third
    • J. Bonifacio: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Bonifacio flied out to deep left
    • End of the 4th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • J. Lopez Pitching:
    • R. Urena: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Urena doubled to deep right
    • C. Granderson: Granderson fouled out to left
    • R. Grichuk: Strike looking, Grichuk singled to center, Urena out at home, Grichuk to second
    • J. Smoak: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Grichuk to third on wild pitch, Smoak flied out to deep right
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • M. Estrada Pitching:
    • A. Mondesi: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Mondesi popped out to shortstop
    • W. Merrifield: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Merrifield struck out looking
    • A. Gordon: Gordon flied out to deep center
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • J. Lopez Pitching:
    • T. Hernandez: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Hernandez doubled to deep right
    • R. Martin: Martin grounded out to third
    • K. Pillar: Pillar singled to center, Hernandez scored
    • A. Diaz: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Diaz lined out to right
    • L. Maile: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Maile flied out to deep left
    • Middle of the 2nd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • M. Estrada Pitching:
    • J. Bonifacio: Ball, Foul, Ball, Bonifacio fouled out to catcher
    • B. Phillips: Ball, Strike swinging, Phillips popped out to second
    • A. Escobar: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Escobar lined out to right
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • J. Lopez Pitching:
    • C. Granderson: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Granderson lined out to right
    • R. Grichuk: Grichuk flied out to right
    • J. Smoak: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Smoak flied out to center
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • M. Estrada Pitching:
    • W. Merrifield: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Merrifield walked
    • A. Gordon: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul tip, Gordon struck out on foul tip
    • S. Perez: Ball, Perez homered to left center, Merrifield scored
    • L. Duda: Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Duda struck out looking
    • R. Herrera: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Herrera grounded out to first
    • End of the 1st (2 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)