The KC Royals came back and then held on for the 7-6 victory over host Toronto.
The Royals are now 6-0 when Cheslor Cuthbert starts. Maybe he needs to get more action? The third baseman went 0-for-3 and made some nice plays at the hot corner.
There were alot of things happening in today’s victory.
Ben Zobrist gave the Royals a 1-0 lead in the first with a home run from the right side. He came up in the 8th inning against Blue Jays new reliever Mark Lowe and hit another homer, from the left side of the plate. It was the second time in Zobrist’s career that he has hit a homer from both sides of the plate in a game.
- Royals starter Yordano Ventura was cruising (he retired 11 in a row), until Jose Bautista singled with two outs in the fourth. Three more singles followed to give the Blue Jays a 2-1 lead.
In the fifth with two outs and a runner on base, Josh Donaldson homered. Bautista followed with a solo shot on the very next pitch. That put the Royals down 5-1.
Then Ventura retired the final seven batters he faced.
- Blue Jays starter Mark Buehrle was his typical quick self. However, his rare error in the sixth helped the Royals get back in the game (Toronto led 5-1 at the time). Eric Hosmer drove in two runs, followed by Kendrys Morales‘ RBI single. Hosmer now has a 14-game hitting streak.
- Wade Davis proved that he is indeed human. He allowed a home run to Bautista (his second of the game) in the 8th inning. It was the first homer Davis had allowed since August 24, 2013 (to Washington’s Ian Desmond).
- Salvador Perez continues to struggle at the plate, as he hit into an inning ending double play to end the Royals rally in the sixth. He did however drive in the Royals seventh run of the game (and eventual game winner) with a sac fly in the eighth.
- Greg Holland entered trying to earn his 23rd save of the season against the bottom of the Blue Jays order. He got Kevin Pillar to ground out, but then Troy Tulowitzki pinch-hit and worked a walk (a ten pitch at-bat). Chris Colabello (another pinch-hitter) singled to right on the second pitch he saw.
Another new Blue Jay, outfielder Ben Revere (playing in his first game), hit a sharp grounder to second, but there was no way the Royals could double up the speedster. So it came down to Holland against Josh Donaldson, who hit a slow chopper to third that Mike Moustakas gloved and threw out Donaldson by a few steps to end the game.
- Even with the late game dramatics, the time of the game was still only two hours and thirty minutes.