Galvis, Bichette lead Blue Jays over Royals 4-1 for sweep

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Bo Bichette's first career homer helped lead the Toronto Blue Jays to a three-game sweep of the Kansas City Royals.

Bichette's big moment came at the start of the eighth inning against Royals starter Jakob Junis, when his drive cleared the left-center field wall in the 4-1 win on Wednesday. Freddy Galvis also hit a crucial solo shot to center in the seventh that was his 16th homer of the season.

Bichette made his major league debut here Monday.

''After the first game was over, I was able to say, `Okay, my career has started,' and then treat it like any other normal day,'' Bichette said. ''He got me out on two sliders the first two at-bats and I made an adjustment and I hit it really hard.''

Galvis' homer, which gave the Blue Jays a 2-1 lead, surprised Junis.

''He kind of dove out over the plate to get it and scooped it up and got it in the air,'' Junis said. ''I thought Bubba (Starling) might have a chance on the warning track or something but it just kept carrying out.''

Cavan Biggio followed Bichette's homer with a double, ending Junis' outing. Reliever Kevin McCarthy surrendered a run-scoring double to Teoscar Hernandez.

Rookie Jacob Waguespack (2-1) went six innings for his second win in his fourth big-league start. He held the Royals to three hits and one run. Cam Gallagher barely cleared the left-field bullpen fence for his second homer, drilling a 2-2 pitch from Waguespack to open the third inning.

Junis (6-10) was cruising for much of the game, retiring the side on eight pitches each in the second, third and fourth innings. But the Jays got even 1-1 in the sixth as Biggio walked, stole second and scored on Justin Smoak's single.

''The first pitch (of the game) was probably the worst pitch in the seven innings that Junis threw - to Bichette was a fastball kind of high and over the middle of the plate and he hit the double down the line. But after that he was really good,'' Royals manager Ned Yost said.

Waguespack got exceptional defensive help early. Deep outfield catches by Lourdes Gurriel Jr. in left and Randal Grichuk in center prevented extra-base hits by Jorge Soler in the first inning and Hunter Dozier in the third. Smoak speared Ryan O'Hearn's hot shot to start a double play in the fourth and Gurriel charged in for a shoetop grab of Nicky Lopez's weak liner to end the inning.

''I didn't throw as many strikes as I wanted to but luckily the balls that were hit were at guys,'' Waguespack said. ''The defense did a heck of a job.''

Right after his last catch, however, Gurriel left the game with a sore right knee.

''Gurriel was out there making plays and sacrificed his body for me a couple of times,'' Waguespack said.

Rookie right-hander Justin Shafer worked a perfect ninth for his first career save.

JAYS ROOKIES CAN LEAD

With the Blue Jays shedding veterans, they have the second youngest team in the majors and manager Charlie Montoyo is encouraging the kids, including Biggio and Bichette, to take leadership roles.

''What I've been telling Biggio and Bo when they got here: `This is your clubhouse, here we go. You guys were leaders in the minor leagues, it's the same thing here. Just because you're a rookie, don't (avoid being) a leader in the big leagues. Go ahead and start now,''' Montoyo said. ''And they have been doing that.''

SOLER STREAK ENDS

Soler's binge of reaching base via a walk or hit ended at 26 straight games when he went 0-for-4 Wednesday. That long stretch was important to a guy known primarily for home runs.

''Right now I feel good and every at-bat I focus on hitting a good pitch,'' the Royals' slugger said.

In that streak, which had been the longest active in the majors, he had 19 walks and 28 hits (seven homers) with an on-base percentage of .432.

Soler thought he had a hit on his vicious drive in the first inning before Gurriel snagged it. ''I hit the ball hard but the outfielder made a great play. It was close,'' he said.

BORUCKI GOES ON IL

Toronto placed LHP Ryan Borucki (0-1, 10.80 ERA) on the 10-day injured list on Wednesday with inflammation of the left elbow. His roster spot was filled by LHP Buddy Boshers, called up from Triple-A Buffalo (0-2, five saves, 2.78 ERA). Boshers has big league experience with the Angels and Twins.

UP NEXT

Blue Jays: Toronto travels to Baltimore where RHP Trent Thornton (3-7, 5.45 ERA) will come off the injured list to start Thursday night. The Orioles will start RHP Asher Wojciechowski (2-3, 3.60 ERA).

Royals: After an open date Thursday, Kansas City will open a 10-game trip at Minnesota on Friday night. RHP Glenn Sparkman (3-7, 5.25 ERA) will be opposed by Twins LHP Martin Perez (8-4, 4.38 ERA).

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  • W: J. Waguespack (2-1)L: J. Junis (6-10)S: J. Shafer (1)
  • HR: TOR - F. Galvis (16), B. Bichette (1), KC - C. Gallagher (2)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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R. Grichuk CF-RF40000005.229.286.410.6960.0
F. Galvis DH41111021.267.300.440.7405.0
B. McKinney RF-LF40000010.211.267.400.667-0.5
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    A. Gordon LF40000011.281.355.440.795-0.5
    H. Dozier RF30000101.281.369.522.8901.0
    J. Soler DH40000012.246.327.509.835-0.5
    C. Cuthbert 3B30100010.288.325.429.7551.5
    R. O'Hearn 1B30000012.178.274.312.586-0.5
    B. Starling CF30100001.276.311.362.6741.0
    N. Lopez SS30000002.224.265.292.5570.0
    C. Gallagher C31111000.235.313.345.6586.0
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      BATTING
      • 2B - B. Bichette, C. Biggio (7), T. Hernandez (11)
      • HR - B. Bichette, F. Galvis (16)
      • RBI - B. Bichette, T. Hernandez (39), J. Smoak (47), F. Galvis (51)
      • 2-Out RBI - J. Smoak (19)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - T. Hernandez 3 (3), R. Grichuk 3 (3), F. Galvis, R. McGuire
      BATTING
      • HR - C. Gallagher (2)
      • RBI - C. Gallagher (10)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Soler 2 (2), N. Lopez 2 (2)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - C. Biggio (8), L. Gurriel (6)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Smoak-Bichette)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Lopez-Merrifield-O'Hearn)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Waguespack (W, 2-1)6.03112214.801.4023.0
      T. Mayza (H, 13)1.00000104.051.2310.5
      J. Biagini1.00000103.780.00-
      J. Shafer (S, 1)1.00000102.371.6310.5
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Waguespack (W, 2-1)6.0
      T. Mayza (H, 13)1.0
      J. Biagini1.0
      J. Shafer (S, 1)1.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Junis (L, 6-10)7.06442625.031.417.0
      K. McCarthy1.01001004.961.651.0
      I. Kennedy1.02001103.251.260.5
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Junis (L, 6-10)7.0
      K. McCarthy1.0
      I. Kennedy1.0
      PITCHING
      • HBP - J. Waguespack (3)
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Waguespack 76-48, T. Mayza 12-8, J. Biagini 14-9, J. Shafer 12-8
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Waguespack 3-12, T. Mayza 2-0, J. Biagini 2-0, J. Shafer 1-1
      • Batters Faced - J. Waguespack 23, T. Mayza 3, J. Biagini 3, J. Shafer 3
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Junis 92-64, K. McCarthy 12-8, I. Kennedy 22-14
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Junis 7-8, K. McCarthy 2-0
      • Batters Faced - J. Junis 29, K. McCarthy 4, I. Kennedy 6
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      B. Bichette SS51311000.462.500.7691.2699.0
      C. Biggio 2B32100201.213.350.383.7328.0
      L. Gurriel LF10000100.289.341.571.9133.0
      T. Hernandez CF30110024.221.289.435.7242.0
      J. Smoak 1B30110112.216.358.426.7842.5
      R. Grichuk CF-RF40000005.229.286.410.6960.0
      F. Galvis DH41111021.267.300.440.7405.0
      B. McKinney RF-LF40000010.211.267.400.667-0.5
      B. Drury 3B40100000.219.264.390.6551.0
      R. McGuire C40100011.222.222.222.4440.5
      J. Waguespack P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
      T. Mayza P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
      J. Biagini P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
      J. Shafer P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        W. Merrifield 2B30000110.300.356.480.8360.5
        A. Gordon LF40000011.281.355.440.795-0.5
        H. Dozier RF30000101.281.369.522.8901.0
        J. Soler DH40000012.246.327.509.835-0.5
        C. Cuthbert 3B30100010.288.325.429.7551.5
        R. O'Hearn 1B30000012.178.274.312.586-0.5
        B. Starling CF30100001.276.311.362.6741.0
        N. Lopez SS30000002.224.265.292.5570.0
        C. Gallagher C31111000.235.313.345.6586.0
        J. Junis P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
        K. McCarthy P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
        I. Kennedy P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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          BATTING
          • 2B - B. Bichette, C. Biggio (7), T. Hernandez (11)
          • HR - B. Bichette, F. Galvis (16)
          • RBI - B. Bichette, T. Hernandez (39), J. Smoak (47), F. Galvis (51)
          • 2-Out RBI - J. Smoak (19)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - T. Hernandez 3 (3), R. Grichuk 3 (3), F. Galvis, R. McGuire
          BATTING
          • HR - C. Gallagher (2)
          • RBI - C. Gallagher (10)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Soler 2 (2), N. Lopez 2 (2)
          BASERUNNING
          • SB - C. Biggio (8), L. Gurriel (6)
          FIELDING
          • DP - (Smoak-Bichette)
          FIELDING
          • DP - (Lopez-Merrifield-O'Hearn)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          J. Waguespack (W, 2-1)6.03112214.801.4023.0
          T. Mayza (H, 13)1.00000104.051.2310.5
          J. Biagini1.00000103.780.00-
          J. Shafer (S, 1)1.00000102.371.6310.5
          Total8.0311241---
          PITCHERSIP
          J. Waguespack (W, 2-1)6.0
          T. Mayza (H, 13)1.0
          J. Biagini1.0
          J. Shafer (S, 1)1.0
          Total8.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          J. Junis (L, 6-10)7.06442625.031.417.0
          K. McCarthy1.01001004.961.651.0
          I. Kennedy1.02001103.251.260.5
          Total9.0944472---
          PITCHERSIP
          J. Junis (L, 6-10)7.0
          K. McCarthy1.0
          I. Kennedy1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • HBP - J. Waguespack (3)
          • Pitches-Strikes - J. Waguespack 76-48, T. Mayza 12-8, J. Biagini 14-9, J. Shafer 12-8
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Waguespack 3-12, T. Mayza 2-0, J. Biagini 2-0, J. Shafer 1-1
          • Batters Faced - J. Waguespack 23, T. Mayza 3, J. Biagini 3, J. Shafer 3
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - J. Junis 92-64, K. McCarthy 12-8, I. Kennedy 22-14
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Junis 7-8, K. McCarthy 2-0
          • Batters Faced - J. Junis 29, K. McCarthy 4, I. Kennedy 6
          • 8TH INNING
            Hernandez doubled to deep left, Biggio scored41
            Bichette homered to center31
          • 7TH INNING
            Galvis homered to center21
          • 6TH INNING
            Smoak singled to shallow left, Biggio scored11
          • 3RD INNING
            Gallagher homered to left01
          • 9TH INNING
            • Ian Kennedy relieved Kevin McCarthy
            • B. McKinney: McKinney lined out to center
            • B. Drury: Ball, Drury flied out to deep right
            • R. McGuire: Strike looking, Ball, McGuire reached on an infield single to second
            • B. Bichette: Foul, Ball, Ball, Bichette singled to center, McGuire to second
            • C. Biggio: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Biggio walked, McGuire to third, Bichette to second
            • T. Hernandez: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Hernandez struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Justin Shafer relieved Joe Biagini
            • H. Dozier: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Dozier lined out to right
            • J. Soler: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Soler grounded out to third
            • C. Cuthbert: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Cuthbert struck out swinging
            • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • J. Junis Pitching:
            • B. Bichette: Bichette homered to center
            • C. Biggio: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Biggio doubled to left
            • Kevin McCarthy relieved Jake Junis
            • T. Hernandez: Foul, Hernandez doubled to deep left, Biggio scored
            • J. Smoak: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Smoak walked
            • R. Grichuk: Grichuk grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Hernandez to third, Smoak out at second
            • F. Galvis: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Galvis grounded out to catcher
            • Middle of the 8th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Joe Biagini relieved Tim Mayza
            • C. Gallagher: Strike looking, Foul, Gallagher grounded out to third
            • W. Merrifield: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Merrifield grounded out to third
            • A. Gordon: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Gordon struck out swinging
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • J. Junis Pitching:
            • F. Galvis: Strike swinging, Galvis homered to center
            • B. McKinney: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, McKinney struck out swinging
            • B. Drury: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Drury grounded out to third
            • R. McGuire: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, McGuire struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 7th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • Tim Mayza relieved Jacob Waguespack
            • R. O'Hearn: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, O'Hearn struck out swinging
            • B. Starling: Strike looking, Starling grounded out to third
            • N. Lopez: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Lopez grounded out to third
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • J. Junis Pitching:
            • B. Bichette: Bichette popped out to second
            • C. Biggio: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Biggio walked
            • T. Hernandez: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Hernandez struck out swinging
            • J. Smoak: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Biggio stole second, Smoak singled to shallow left, Biggio scored
            • R. Grichuk: Grichuk popped out to second
            • Middle of the 6th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • J. Waguespack Pitching:
            • H. Dozier: Ball, Dozier grounded out to third
            • J. Soler: Soler popped out to second
            • C. Cuthbert: Ball, Ball, Cuthbert flied out to left
            • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • J. Junis Pitching:
            • F. Galvis: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Galvis struck out swinging
            • B. McKinney: Strike looking, McKinney lined out to shortstop
            • B. Drury: Strike looking, Drury singled to center
            • R. McGuire: McGuire lined out to left
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • Teoscar Hernandez in center field
            • C. Gallagher: Ball, Gallagher lined out to third
            • W. Merrifield: Ball, Merrifield lined out to right
            • A. Gordon: Strike looking, Gordon lined out to left
            • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • J. Junis Pitching:
            • L. Gurriel: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Gurriel flied out to left
            • J. Smoak: Strike looking, Smoak grounded out to first
            • R. Grichuk: Ball, Grichuk grounded out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Waguespack Pitching:
            • C. Cuthbert: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Cuthbert singled to shallow right
            • R. O'Hearn: Strike looking, O'Hearn grounded into double play shortstop to first, Cuthbert out at second
            • B. Starling: Strike looking, Ball, Starling singled to right
            • N. Lopez: Ball, Foul, Lopez flied out to left
            • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • J. Junis Pitching:
            • R. McGuire: McGuire grounded out to second
            • B. Bichette: Strike looking, Ball, Bichette grounded out to second
            • C. Biggio: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Biggio lined out to left
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Waguespack Pitching:
            • C. Gallagher: Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Gallagher homered to left
            • W. Merrifield: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Merrifield walked
            • A. Gordon: Pickoff attempt, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Gordon grounded out to pitcher, Merrifield to second
            • H. Dozier: Dozier lined out to center
            • J. Soler: Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Soler struck out swinging
            • End of the 3rd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • J. Junis Pitching:
            • F. Galvis: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Galvis struck out swinging
            • B. McKinney: McKinney grounded out to second
            • B. Drury: Ball, Strike looking, Drury grounded out to third
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Waguespack Pitching:
            • C. Cuthbert: Strike looking, Ball, Cuthbert hit by pitch
            • R. O'Hearn: O'Hearn flied out to deep left
            • B. Starling: Pickoff attempt, Starling flied out to deep right
            • N. Lopez: Strike looking, Strike looking, Lopez lined out to center
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • J. Junis Pitching:
            • B. Bichette: Bichette doubled to left
            • C. Biggio: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Biggio flied out to deep right, Bichette to third
            • L. Gurriel: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Gurriel walked
            • J. Smoak: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Smoak struck out swinging, Gurriel stole second
            • R. Grichuk: Grichuk popped out to second
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • J. Waguespack Pitching:
            • W. Merrifield: Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Merrifield struck out swinging
            • A. Gordon: Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Gordon flied out to right
            • H. Dozier: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Dozier walked
            • J. Soler: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Soler lined out to left
            • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)