Biggio's homer sends Blue Jays to 7-3 win over Royals

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Bo Bichette rapped a clean single in the first at-bat of his big league career, and then was greeted by his parents after the Toronto Blue Jays rolled to a 7-3 win over the Kansas City Royals on Monday night.

What did they say?

''I don't even remember what my mom said,'' the mop-haired 21-year-old shortstop said, chuckling with a rookie naivete. ''My dad said, `Congratulations Bo. You're a big leaguer.'''

That would be longtime major leaguer Dante Bichette, by the way.

The Blue Jays' top prospect didn't have the biggest impact on the game, though. That was another son of an ex-big leaguer, Cavan Biggio, who hit a go-ahead homer in the eighth inning and added an RBI single in the ninth. The son of Hall of Famer Craig Biggio finished with three hits.

''Cavan goes up to the plate, you know he's going to put together a good at-bat,'' said Bichette, who played alongside Biggio and another legacy player, Vladimir Guerrero Jr., throughout the minor leagues.

''It was awesome to come in here and look at the lineup and see those names on it,'' added spot starter Thomas Pannone, who gave the Blue Jays six competitive innings before departing.

Tim Mayza (1-1) earned the victory with a scoreless inning of relief.

The Royals' Brad Keller (7-10) let just three balls out of the infield until Teoscar Hernandez's tying home run in the fifth inning. The right-hander went on to allow three homers in a game for the first time in his career, and four runs total in seven-plus innings.

''I felt in control the whole time. Even minus those three pitches, I felt pretty good. Just mistakes got me,'' Keller said. ''It's really frustrating, especially when it costs you the game.''

The Royals didn't get a hit off Pannone until Cam Gallagher's one-out double off the top of the wall in left in the third. Whit Merrifield followed with a single to give Kansas City the lead.

Keller, who fanned four of his first five batters, was cruising along until Hernandez came up in the fifth. He sent a mistake splashing into the fountains an estimated 450 feet from home plate.

Biggio then led off the sixth with a single, and Randal Grichuk turned on a 2-1 pitch moments later, sending it over the left-field wall for his 17th homer. It was his second against Kansas City this season.

Keller, who came into the game with the third-stingiest home run rate in the majors, breezed through the seventh and manager Ned Yost left him in to start the eighth. That's when Biggio followed a deep foul ball with an even deeper fair one for a solo shot that gave the Blue Jays the lead again.

''A tie ballgame, but he still felt strong in that situation and I'm not bringing in a reliever if a guy gets on,'' Yost said. ''I wanted him to keep the ball in the park, which didn't happen.''

Toronto tacked on three more runs in the ninth to put the game away.

LEGACY TRIO

Vladimir Guerrero, Dante Bichette and Craig Biggio combined to make 20 appearances in the All-Star Game, giving their sons big shoes to fill. ''It was cool to see them out there,'' Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoya said. ''It was fun to watch.''

ROYALS RELEASE

The Royals requested unconditional release waivers on Lucas Duda after the first baseman was designated for assignment last weekend. Duda was hitting just .171 in his second stint in Kansas City.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Royals shortstop Adalberto Mondesi said he was feeling much better after fielding grounders before the game. Mondesi has been out since July 17 with a left shoulder subluxation.

Blue Jays second baseman Freddy Galvis was scratched about an hour before first pitch with lower back tightness. Galvis has been the subject of trade rumors after Bichette's long-awaited arrival shifted him from his preferred shortstop position.

UP NEXT

Left-hander Mike Montgomery (1-3, 6.09 ERA) makes his third start for the Royals on Tuesday night following his trade from the Cubs. The Blue Jays have yet to announce their starter.

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  • W: T. Mayza (1-1)L: B. Keller (7-10)
  • HR: TOR - R. Grichuk (17), T. Hernandez (15), C. Biggio (8)
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R. Grichuk RF51331010.232.290.417.70711.5
V. Guerrero 3B40100111.259.336.420.7561.5
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B. McKinney DH40000021.216.272.409.681-1.0
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    W. Merrifield 2B40110001.302.356.486.8422.0
    A. Gordon LF30000000.285.358.444.8021.0
    H. Dozier 3B31000122.282.369.529.8981.0
    J. Soler DH31100100.246.329.515.8444.0
    C. Cuthbert 1B40220011.295.330.437.7674.5
    B. Starling RF40000022.273.310.364.674-1.0
    H. Arteaga SS30000001.188.246.203.4500.0
    a- N. Lopez PH10000000.222.262.288.5500.0
    C. Gallagher C31200100.233.313.319.6325.0
    B. Hamilton CF30000032.211.275.264.540-1.5
    b- R. O'Hearn PH10000001.185.279.323.6020.0
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    • a-grounded out for Arteaga in the 9th
    • b-grounded out for Hamilton in the 9th
    BATTING
    • 3B - R. Grichuk (2)
    • HR - C. Biggio (8), R. Grichuk (17), T. Hernandez (15)
    • RBI - C. Biggio 2 (26), R. Grichuk 3 (47), J. Smoak (46), T. Hernandez (38)
    • 2-Out RBI - T. Hernandez (16)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Smoak, B. Drury 2 (2), B. Bichette 3 (3), T. Hernandez
    BATTING
    • 2B - J. Soler (22), C. Cuthbert (9), C. Gallagher (7)
    • RBI - W. Merrifield (55), C. Cuthbert 2 (28)
    • 2-Out RBI - W. Merrifield (24)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - W. Merrifield, H. Dozier 2 (2), C. Cuthbert, H. Arteaga, R. O'Hearn
    FIELDING
    • DP - (Bichette-Smoak)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    T. Pannone6.05331406.161.4514.0
    T. Mayza (W, 1-1)1.01000104.151.269.5
    J. Shafer (H, 2)1.00001202.501.723.0
    D. Law1.00001106.001.692.5
    PITCHERSIP
    T. Pannone6.0
    T. Mayza (W, 1-1)1.0
    J. Shafer (H, 2)1.0
    D. Law1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    B. Keller (L, 7-10)7.08440534.011.356.5
    S. Barlow1.00001305.701.503.5
    J. Staumont0.11221105.402.10-3.5
    T. Hill0.12111003.601.40-4.0
    J. Lopez0.10000006.221.530.0
    PITCHERSIP
    B. Keller (L, 7-10)7.0
    S. Barlow1.0
    J. Staumont0.1
    T. Hill0.1
    J. Lopez0.1
    PITCHING
    • WP - D. Law (4)
    • HBP - T. Pannone (3)
    • Pitches-Strikes - T. Pannone 93-58, T. Mayza 16-12, J. Shafer 19-10, D. Law 20-11
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Pannone 4-9, T. Mayza 1-1, J. Shafer 1-0, D. Law 2-0
    • Batters Faced - T. Pannone 24, T. Mayza 4, J. Shafer 4, D. Law 4
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - B. Keller 101-73, S. Barlow 19-12, J. Staumont 16-9, T. Hill 12-8, J. Lopez 3-2
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - B. Keller 7-9, T. Hill 1-0
    • Batters Faced - B. Keller 29, S. Barlow 4, J. Staumont 3, T. Hill 4, J. Lopez
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    R. Grichuk RF51331010.232.290.417.70711.5
    V. Guerrero 3B40100111.259.336.420.7561.5
    J. Smoak 1B40010113.215.357.427.7831.5
    B. Drury LF50100024.222.266.398.6630.0
    L. Gurriel LF00000000.290.336.576.9120.0
    B. Bichette SS40100013.250.250.250.5000.5
    B. McKinney DH40000021.216.272.409.681-1.0
    T. Hernandez CF32111101.221.290.437.7278.0
    D. Jansen C41100000.202.274.341.6152.0
    T. Pannone P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    T. Mayza P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    J. Shafer P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      W. Merrifield 2B40110001.302.356.486.8422.0
      A. Gordon LF30000000.285.358.444.8021.0
      H. Dozier 3B31000122.282.369.529.8981.0
      J. Soler DH31100100.246.329.515.8444.0
      C. Cuthbert 1B40220011.295.330.437.7674.5
      B. Starling RF40000022.273.310.364.674-1.0
      H. Arteaga SS30000001.188.246.203.4500.0
      a- N. Lopez PH10000000.222.262.288.5500.0
      C. Gallagher C31200100.233.313.319.6325.0
      B. Hamilton CF30000032.211.275.264.540-1.5
      b- R. O'Hearn PH10000001.185.279.323.6020.0
      B. Keller P0000-000.125.222.125.000-
      S. Barlow P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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      • a-grounded out for Arteaga in the 9th
      • b-grounded out for Hamilton in the 9th
      BATTING
      • 3B - R. Grichuk (2)
      • HR - C. Biggio (8), R. Grichuk (17), T. Hernandez (15)
      • RBI - C. Biggio 2 (26), R. Grichuk 3 (47), J. Smoak (46), T. Hernandez (38)
      • 2-Out RBI - T. Hernandez (16)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Smoak, B. Drury 2 (2), B. Bichette 3 (3), T. Hernandez
      BATTING
      • 2B - J. Soler (22), C. Cuthbert (9), C. Gallagher (7)
      • RBI - W. Merrifield (55), C. Cuthbert 2 (28)
      • 2-Out RBI - W. Merrifield (24)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - W. Merrifield, H. Dozier 2 (2), C. Cuthbert, H. Arteaga, R. O'Hearn
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Bichette-Smoak)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      T. Pannone6.05331406.161.4514.0
      T. Mayza (W, 1-1)1.01000104.151.269.5
      J. Shafer (H, 2)1.00001202.501.723.0
      D. Law1.00001106.001.692.5
      Total9.0633380---
      PITCHERSIP
      T. Pannone6.0
      T. Mayza (W, 1-1)1.0
      J. Shafer (H, 2)1.0
      D. Law1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      B. Keller (L, 7-10)7.08440534.011.356.5
      S. Barlow1.00001305.701.503.5
      J. Staumont0.11221105.402.10-3.5
      T. Hill0.12111003.601.40-4.0
      J. Lopez0.10000006.221.530.0
      Total9.01177393---
      PITCHERSIP
      B. Keller (L, 7-10)7.0
      S. Barlow1.0
      J. Staumont0.1
      T. Hill0.1
      J. Lopez0.1
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • WP - D. Law (4)
      • HBP - T. Pannone (3)
      • Pitches-Strikes - T. Pannone 93-58, T. Mayza 16-12, J. Shafer 19-10, D. Law 20-11
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Pannone 4-9, T. Mayza 1-1, J. Shafer 1-0, D. Law 2-0
      • Batters Faced - T. Pannone 24, T. Mayza 4, J. Shafer 4, D. Law 4
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - B. Keller 101-73, S. Barlow 19-12, J. Staumont 16-9, T. Hill 12-8, J. Lopez 3-2
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - B. Keller 7-9, T. Hill 1-0
      • Batters Faced - B. Keller 29, S. Barlow 4, J. Staumont 3, T. Hill 4, J. Lopez
      • 9TH INNING
        Smoak grounded out to third, Biggio scored, Grichuk to third, Guerrero to second73
        Grichuk singled to left, Jansen scored, Biggio to second63
        Biggio singled to left, Hernandez scored, Jansen to second53
      • 8TH INNING
        Biggio homered to right center43
      • 6TH INNING
        Cuthbert singled to shallow left, Dozier and Soler scored33
        Grichuk homered to left, Biggio scored31
      • 5TH INNING
        Hernandez homered to left center11
      • 3RD INNING
        Merrifield singled to right center, Gallagher scored01
      • 9TH INNING
        • Josh Staumont relieved Scott Barlow
        • B. McKinney: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, McKinney struck out swinging
        • T. Hernandez: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Hernandez walked
        • D. Jansen: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Jansen singled to left center, Hernandez to third
        • Tim Hill relieved Josh Staumont
        • C. Biggio: Foul, Strike looking, Biggio singled to left, Hernandez scored, Jansen to second
        • R. Grichuk: Foul, Grichuk singled to left, Jansen scored, Biggio to second
        • V. Guerrero: Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Guerrero walked, Biggio to third, Grichuk to second
        • J. Smoak: Foul, Smoak grounded out to third, Biggio scored, Grichuk to third, Guerrero to second
        • Jorge Lopez relieved Tim Hill
        • B. Drury: Strike looking, Ball, Drury popped out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 9th (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Derek Law relieved Justin Shafer
        • Lourdes Gurriel in left field
        • B. Starling: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Starling struck out swinging
        • Nicky Lopez hit for Humberto Arteaga
        • N. Lopez: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Lopez grounded out to pitcher
        • C. Gallagher: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Gallagher walked
        • Ryan O'Hearn hit for Billy Hamilton
        • R. O'Hearn: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Gallagher to second on wild pitch, Ball, O'Hearn grounded out to second
        • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • B. Keller Pitching:
        • C. Biggio: Ball, Ball, Foul, Biggio homered to right center
        • R. Grichuk: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Grichuk tripled to deep center
        • Scott Barlow relieved Brad Keller
        • V. Guerrero: Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Guerrero struck out swinging
        • J. Smoak: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Smoak walked
        • B. Drury: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Drury struck out swinging
        • B. Bichette: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Bichette struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 8th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Justin Shafer relieved Tim Mayza
        • A. Gordon: Gordon grounded out to second
        • H. Dozier: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Dozier struck out swinging
        • J. Soler: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Soler walked
        • C. Cuthbert: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Cuthbert struck out swinging
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • B. Keller Pitching:
        • B. McKinney: Strike looking, Ball, McKinney lined out to right
        • T. Hernandez: Strike looking, Foul, Hernandez flied out to right
        • D. Jansen: Foul, Jansen lined out to center
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Tim Mayza relieved Thomas Pannone
        • H. Arteaga: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Arteaga grounded out to third
        • C. Gallagher: Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Gallagher singled to right
        • B. Hamilton: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Hamilton struck out swinging
        • W. Merrifield: Ball, Merrifield lined out to left
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • B. Keller Pitching:
        • C. Biggio: Ball, Strike looking, Biggio singled to right center
        • R. Grichuk: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Grichuk homered to left, Biggio scored
        • V. Guerrero: Strike looking, Ball, Guerrero flied out to center
        • J. Smoak: Strike looking, Smoak grounded out to second
        • B. Drury: Strike looking, Drury singled to shallow center
        • B. Bichette: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Bichette lined out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 6th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • T. Pannone Pitching:
        • A. Gordon: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Gordon grounded out to shortstop
        • H. Dozier: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Dozier walked
        • J. Soler: Ball, Strike looking, Soler doubled to left, Dozier to third
        • C. Cuthbert: Cuthbert singled to shallow left, Dozier and Soler scored
        • B. Starling: Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Foul, Starling grounded into double play shortstop to first, Cuthbert out at second
        • End of the 6th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • B. Keller Pitching:
        • B. Bichette: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Bichette popped out to second
        • B. McKinney: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, McKinney struck out swinging
        • T. Hernandez: Ball, Foul, Ball, Hernandez homered to left center
        • D. Jansen: Jansen flied out to right
        • Middle of the 5th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • T. Pannone Pitching:
        • C. Gallagher: Ball, Ball, Foul, Gallagher grounded out to third
        • B. Hamilton: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Hamilton struck out swinging
        • W. Merrifield: Merrifield popped out to second
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • B. Keller Pitching:
        • V. Guerrero: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Guerrero grounded out to pitcher
        • J. Smoak: Smoak grounded out to first
        • B. Drury: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Drury popped out to second
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • T. Pannone Pitching:
        • J. Soler: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Soler flied out to deep center
        • C. Cuthbert: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Cuthbert doubled to left
        • B. Starling: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Starling flied out to deep center
        • H. Arteaga: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Arteaga grounded out to third
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • B. Keller Pitching:
        • D. Jansen: Strike looking, Ball, Jansen grounded out to third
        • C. Biggio: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Biggio grounded out to first
        • R. Grichuk: Foul, Grichuk lined out to right
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • T. Pannone Pitching:
        • H. Arteaga: Strike swinging, Ball, Arteaga flied out to right
        • C. Gallagher: Ball, Ball, Gallagher doubled to deep left
        • B. Hamilton: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Hamilton struck out looking
        • W. Merrifield: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Merrifield singled to right center, Gallagher scored
        • A. Gordon: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Gordon hit by pitch, Merrifield to second
        • H. Dozier: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Dozier flied out to deep right
        • End of the 3rd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • B. Keller Pitching:
        • B. Drury: Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Drury struck out swinging
        • B. Bichette: Strike looking, Bichette singled to left
        • B. McKinney: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, McKinney reached on fielder's choice to second, Bichette out at second
        • T. Hernandez: Strike looking, Hernandez reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, McKinney out at second
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • T. Pannone Pitching:
        • J. Soler: Strike looking, Soler lined out to left
        • C. Cuthbert: Cuthbert popped out to shortstop
        • B. Starling: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Starling struck out looking
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • B. Keller Pitching:
        • C. Biggio: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Biggio struck out looking
        • R. Grichuk: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Grichuk struck out looking
        • V. Guerrero: Ball, Foul, Guerrero singled to center
        • J. Smoak: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Smoak struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • Thomas Pannone pitching
        • W. Merrifield: Ball, Merrifield lined out to center
        • A. Gordon: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Gordon lined out to left
        • H. Dozier: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Dozier struck out looking
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)