Gurriel homers twice, Blue Jays snap skid, beat Royals 6-2

TORONTO (AP) Just over a month ago, Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Lourdes Gurriel Jr. was toiling in Triple-A after being demoted in mid-April.

Since returning to Toronto on May 24, he's leading the major leagues in home runs.

Eric Sogard hit a tiebreaking homer in the seventh inning, Gurriel Jr. homered twice for his second straight multi-homer game and the Blue Jays snapped a three-game losing streak with a 6-2 win over the Kansas City Royals on Friday.

Randal Grichuk added a two-run homer for Toronto, which won its second straight at home following a seven-game losing streak.

''I feel like the team is going through a very good moment offensively,'' Gurriel Jr. said through a translator.

No one more so than he. Gurriel Jr. has 14 homers in 125 at-bats since being recalled from Triple-A Buffalo. He's batting .352 (44 for 125) in that span.

San Diego's Hunter Renfroe has hit 13 homers in the same time, doing so in 28 games to Gurriel's 32.

Gurriel Jr. hit a two-run homer off Danny Duffy in the sixth and added a solo shot off Wily Peralta in the eighth, the fourth multi-homer game of his career. Gurriel Jr. also homered twice in Wednesday's loss at Yankee Stadium.

He's the fourth player in Blue Jays' history with consecutive multi-homer games. The others were Josh Donaldson (2017), Edwin Encarnacion (2014), and Jesse Barfield (1983).

Duffy said Gurriel Jr. is ''going to be a star'' with the way he's hitting right now.

''He has an approach well beyond his years,'' Duffy said. ''I heard he was demoted early on in the year and I just can't fathom it with the way he looks now. I'm really impressed with the kid and I think he's got a bright future. I need to make less mistakes to him.''

Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo opened his post-game remarks by campaigning for Gurriel to get an All-Star selection.

''He's done great,'' Montoyo said. ''It's been fun to watch.''

Sogard broke a 2-2 tie with a two-out homer to right off Duffy (3-4). The homer was Sogard's ninth, extending his career-high. Sogard began the season with 11 homers in eight seasons, and had never hit more than three in a season before this year.

Grichuk capped the scoring with a two-out homer off Tim Hill in the eighth, his team-leading 15th.

Right-hander Daniel Hudson (4-2) pitched 1 1/3 innings for the win.

Duffy allowed three runs and seven hits in 6 2/3 innings. He's winless in seven starts since beating the Los Angeles Angels on May 19.

''He made two mistakes and had to pay for both of them,'' Royals manager Ned Yost said.

Six of the 10 homers hit off Duffy this season have come in his last three starts.

Kansas City has lost five of seven.

Sean Reid-Foley made his first start for the Blue Jays since April 1. The right-hander allowed two runs and five hits in 5 1/3 innings.

Kansas City's Martin Maldonado opened the scoring with a two-out homer off Reid-Foley in the fifth, his fourth. Maldonado went 3 for 4 with three extra-base hits.

David Phelps replaced Reid-Foley in the sixth after Nicky Lopez doubled and Alex Gordon followed with an RBI single.

Toronto tied it in the bottom half on Gurriel's first homer.

Kansas City loaded the bases against Joe Biagini in the seventh, but Hudson came on and got the Blue Jays out of the jam. First baseman Justin Smoak made a backhanded stop on Nicky Lopez's grounder, then won the race to the bag to end the inning.

Gordon hit a leadoff double against Hudson in the eighth, but Hudson struck out the next three batters.

''We had opportunities, we just couldn't capitalize on some of them,'' Yost said.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Royals: INF Adalberto Mondesi (strained right groin) is expected to begin a rehab assignment at Double-A Northwest Arkansas on Saturday. Mondesi has been out since June 18.

Blue Jays: Smoak was activated off the injured list after missing 11 games because of a strained left quadriceps. OF Billy McKinney was optioned to Triple-A Buffalo.

JUST MISSED IT

Gurriel Jr. flied to center in his first at bat, and Duffy felt fortunate not to have given up a home run.

''I definitely got lucky,'' Duffy said. ''He got under that ball.''

Gurriel Jr., who was behind in the count 0-2 when he flied out, said he shortened up and didn't swing as hard.

''I hit it good,'' he said. ''For a moment, I thought it was gone but it just didn't happen.''

UP NEXT

Royals: RHP Homer Bailey (7-6, 4.61) makes his first career start against the Blue Jays. Toronto is the only major league team Bailey has yet to face.

Blue Jays: RHP Marcus Stroman (5-9, 3.04) pitched six shutout innings to beat Boston in his previous start, June 23 at Fenway Park.

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  • W: D. Hudson (4-2)L: D. Duffy (3-4)
  • HR: KC - M. Maldonado (4), TOR - E. Sogard (9), R. Grichuk (15), L. Gurriel 2 (14)
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A. Gordon LF40310000.270.350.456.8065.0
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C. Cuthbert 1B40200011.310.337.480.8171.5
H. Arteaga SS40000022.214.241.250.491-1.0
M. Maldonado C41311000.230.298.353.65110.0
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    E. Sogard DH41211011.305.372.510.8826.5
    V. Guerrero 3B41100002.250.317.405.7222.0
    L. Gurriel LF42232002.309.354.6481.00213.0
    C. Biggio 2B31000120.237.368.441.8093.0
    T. Hernandez CF40000021.197.268.352.620-1.0
    J. Smoak 1B30100101.227.366.421.7872.0
    R. Grichuk RF41121012.228.285.421.7066.5
    F. Galvis SS40100020.264.301.436.7370.0
    D. Jansen C30100001.187.270.275.5441.0
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      BATTING
      • 2B - N. Lopez (8), A. Gordon (21), M. Maldonado 2 (13)
      • HR - M. Maldonado (4)
      • RBI - A. Gordon (49), M. Maldonado (15)
      • 2-Out RBI - M. Maldonado (7)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - W. Merrifield, N. Lopez 3 (3), J. Soler, C. Cuthbert, H. Arteaga
      BATTING
      • HR - E. Sogard (9), L. Gurriel 2 (14), R. Grichuk (15)
      • RBI - E. Sogard (24), L. Gurriel 3 (33), R. Grichuk 2 (34)
      • 2-Out RBI - E. Sogard (11), R. Grichuk 2 (17)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - E. Sogard, L. Gurriel 2 (2), R. Grichuk 2 (2)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - C. Biggio (4)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Galvis-Biggio-Smoak)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      D. Duffy (L, 3-4)6.27331824.431.339.0
      W. Peralta0.21221015.351.54-4.0
      T. Hill0.21110015.401.65-2.0
      PITCHERSIP
      D. Duffy (L, 3-4)6.2
      W. Peralta0.2
      T. Hill0.2
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      S. Reid-Foley5.15221314.821.828.5
      D. Phelps0.20000203.181.591.0
      J. Biagini0.22001203.571.25-2.0
      D. Hudson (W, 4-2)1.11000302.751.2510.5
      K. Giles1.01000201.291.043.0
      PITCHERSIP
      S. Reid-Foley5.1
      D. Phelps0.2
      J. Biagini0.2
      D. Hudson (W, 4-2)1.1
      K. Giles1.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - D. Duffy 109-69, W. Peralta 9-4, T. Hill 12-7
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Duffy 6-6, W. Peralta 1-1, T. Hill 1-1
      • Batters Faced - D. Duffy 28, W. Peralta 4, T. Hill 3
      PITCHING
      • WP - S. Reid-Foley (3)
      • IBB - J. Biagini (3)
      • Pitches-Strikes - S. Reid-Foley 67-42, D. Phelps 11-6, J. Biagini 20-13, D. Hudson 20-12, K. Giles 17-14
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Reid-Foley 6-6, D. Hudson 1-0
      • Batters Faced - S. Reid-Foley 21, D. Phelps 2, J. Biagini 5, D. Hudson 5, K. Giles 4
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      W. Merrifield RF40000111.299.347.497.8440.5
      N. Lopez 2B41100013.237.279.321.5992.5
      A. Gordon LF40310000.270.350.456.8065.0
      H. Dozier 3B30000122.292.378.566.9440.0
      J. Soler DH40000034.233.300.495.795-1.5
      C. Cuthbert 1B40200011.310.337.480.8171.5
      H. Arteaga SS40000022.214.241.250.491-1.0
      M. Maldonado C41311000.230.298.353.65110.0
      B. Hamilton CF40000023.220.291.274.565-1.0
      D. Duffy P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
      W. Peralta P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        E. Sogard DH41211011.305.372.510.8826.5
        V. Guerrero 3B41100002.250.317.405.7222.0
        L. Gurriel LF42232002.309.354.6481.00213.0
        C. Biggio 2B31000120.237.368.441.8093.0
        T. Hernandez CF40000021.197.268.352.620-1.0
        J. Smoak 1B30100101.227.366.421.7872.0
        R. Grichuk RF41121012.228.285.421.7066.5
        F. Galvis SS40100020.264.301.436.7370.0
        D. Jansen C30100001.187.270.275.5441.0
        S. Reid-Foley P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
        D. Phelps P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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        K. Giles P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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          BATTING
          • 2B - N. Lopez (8), A. Gordon (21), M. Maldonado 2 (13)
          • HR - M. Maldonado (4)
          • RBI - A. Gordon (49), M. Maldonado (15)
          • 2-Out RBI - M. Maldonado (7)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - W. Merrifield, N. Lopez 3 (3), J. Soler, C. Cuthbert, H. Arteaga
          BATTING
          • HR - E. Sogard (9), L. Gurriel 2 (14), R. Grichuk (15)
          • RBI - E. Sogard (24), L. Gurriel 3 (33), R. Grichuk 2 (34)
          • 2-Out RBI - E. Sogard (11), R. Grichuk 2 (17)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - E. Sogard, L. Gurriel 2 (2), R. Grichuk 2 (2)
          BASERUNNING
          • SB - C. Biggio (4)
          FIELDING
          • DP - (Galvis-Biggio-Smoak)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          D. Duffy (L, 3-4)6.27331824.431.339.0
          W. Peralta0.21221015.351.54-4.0
          T. Hill0.21110015.401.65-2.0
          Total8.0966284---
          PITCHERSIP
          D. Duffy (L, 3-4)6.2
          W. Peralta0.2
          T. Hill0.2
          Total8.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          S. Reid-Foley5.15221314.821.828.5
          D. Phelps0.20000203.181.591.0
          J. Biagini0.22001203.571.25-2.0
          D. Hudson (W, 4-2)1.11000302.751.2510.5
          K. Giles1.01000201.291.043.0
          Total9.09222121---
          PITCHERSIP
          S. Reid-Foley5.1
          D. Phelps0.2
          J. Biagini0.2
          D. Hudson (W, 4-2)1.1
          K. Giles1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - D. Duffy 109-69, W. Peralta 9-4, T. Hill 12-7
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Duffy 6-6, W. Peralta 1-1, T. Hill 1-1
          • Batters Faced - D. Duffy 28, W. Peralta 4, T. Hill 3
          PITCHING
          • WP - S. Reid-Foley (3)
          • IBB - J. Biagini (3)
          • Pitches-Strikes - S. Reid-Foley 67-42, D. Phelps 11-6, J. Biagini 20-13, D. Hudson 20-12, K. Giles 17-14
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Reid-Foley 6-6, D. Hudson 1-0
          • Batters Faced - S. Reid-Foley 21, D. Phelps 2, J. Biagini 5, D. Hudson 5, K. Giles 4
          • 8TH INNING
            Grichuk homered to right center, Biggio scored26
            Gurriel homered to left center24
          • 7TH INNING
            Sogard homered to right center23
          • 6TH INNING
            Gurriel homered to left center, Guerrero scored22
            Gordon singled to center, Lopez scored20
          • 5TH INNING
            Maldonado homered to left center10
          • 9TH INNING
            • Ken Giles relieved Daniel Hudson
            • H. Arteaga: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Arteaga struck out swinging
            • M. Maldonado: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Maldonado doubled to deep left
            • B. Hamilton: Strike looking, Foul, Hamilton lined out to right
            • W. Merrifield: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Merrifield struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • D. Hudson Pitching:
            • A. Gordon: Ball, Gordon doubled to right
            • H. Dozier: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Dozier struck out swinging
            • J. Soler: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Soler struck out swinging
            • C. Cuthbert: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul tip, Cuthbert struck out on foul tip
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • W. Peralta Pitching:
            • L. Gurriel: Gurriel homered to left center
            • C. Biggio: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Biggio walked
            • T. Hernandez: Ball, Hernandez flied out to left
            • Tim Hill relieved Wily Peralta
            • J. Smoak: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Smoak popped out to third
            • R. Grichuk: Ball, Biggio stole second, Foul, Foul, Grichuk homered to right center, Biggio scored
            • F. Galvis: Ball, Galvis grounded out to third
            • End of the 8th (3 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • Joe Biagini relieved David Phelps
            • C. Cuthbert: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Cuthbert singled to center
            • H. Arteaga: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Arteaga struck out swinging
            • M. Maldonado: Ball (pitchout), Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Maldonado doubled to left, Cuthbert to third
            • B. Hamilton: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Hamilton struck out swinging
            • W. Merrifield: Merrifield intentionally walked
            • Daniel Hudson relieved Joe Biagini
            • N. Lopez: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Lopez grounded out to first
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • D. Duffy Pitching:
            • F. Galvis: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Galvis struck out swinging
            • D. Jansen: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Jansen popped out to second
            • E. Sogard: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Sogard homered to right center
            • Wily Peralta relieved Danny Duffy
            • V. Guerrero: Guerrero grounded out to third
            • End of the 7th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • S. Reid-Foley Pitching:
            • W. Merrifield: Strike looking, Merrifield grounded out to shortstop
            • N. Lopez: Foul, Ball, Lopez doubled to right
            • A. Gordon: Gordon singled to center, Lopez scored
            • David Phelps relieved Sean Reid-Foley
            • H. Dozier: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Dozier struck out swinging
            • J. Soler: Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Soler struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 6th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • D. Duffy Pitching:
            • V. Guerrero: Guerrero singled to shallow left
            • L. Gurriel: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Gurriel homered to left center, Guerrero scored
            • C. Biggio: Strike looking, Biggio lined out to second
            • T. Hernandez: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Hernandez grounded out to first
            • J. Smoak: Strike looking, Strike looking, Smoak singled to shallow right center
            • R. Grichuk: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Grichuk reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Smoak out at second
            • End of the 6th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • S. Reid-Foley Pitching:
            • C. Cuthbert: Ball, Ball, Cuthbert popped out to second
            • H. Arteaga: Arteaga flied out to left
            • M. Maldonado: Ball, Ball, Maldonado homered to left center
            • B. Hamilton: Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Hamilton struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 5th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • D. Duffy Pitching:
            • R. Grichuk: Grichuk popped out to first
            • F. Galvis: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Galvis singled to center
            • D. Jansen: Jansen reached on fielder's choice to second, Galvis out at second
            • E. Sogard: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Sogard struck out looking
            • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • S. Reid-Foley Pitching:
            • N. Lopez: Foul, Lopez flied out to left
            • A. Gordon: Gordon singled to shallow left
            • H. Dozier: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Dozier walked, Gordon to second
            • J. Soler: Ball, Foul, Soler grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Dozier out at second
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • D. Duffy Pitching:
            • C. Biggio: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Biggio struck out swinging
            • T. Hernandez: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Hernandez struck out swinging
            • J. Smoak: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Smoak grounded out to shortstop
            • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • S. Reid-Foley Pitching:
            • M. Maldonado: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Maldonado lined out to right
            • B. Hamilton: Hamilton lined out to center
            • W. Merrifield: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Merrifield grounded out to pitcher
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • D. Duffy Pitching:
            • F. Galvis: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Galvis struck out swinging
            • D. Jansen: Ball, Foul, Jansen singled to right
            • E. Sogard: Sogard singled to shallow right, Jansen to second
            • V. Guerrero: Ball, Foul, Foul, Guerrero flied out to center
            • L. Gurriel: Gurriel grounded out to third
            • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • S. Reid-Foley Pitching:
            • H. Dozier: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Dozier flied out to deep right
            • J. Soler: Strike looking, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Soler struck out looking
            • C. Cuthbert: Ball, Ball, Cuthbert singled to left
            • H. Arteaga: Strike looking, Ball, Cuthbert to second on wild pitch, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Arteaga grounded out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • D. Duffy Pitching:
            • C. Biggio: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Biggio struck out swinging
            • T. Hernandez: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Hernandez struck out swinging
            • J. Smoak: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Smoak walked
            • R. Grichuk: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Grichuk struck out looking
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • S. Reid-Foley Pitching:
            • W. Merrifield: Strike looking, Merrifield grounded out to second
            • N. Lopez: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Lopez struck out swinging
            • A. Gordon: Strike looking, Gordon grounded out to third
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • D. Duffy Pitching:
            • E. Sogard: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Sogard flied out to left
            • V. Guerrero: Guerrero grounded out to shortstop
            • L. Gurriel: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Gurriel flied out to deep center
            • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)