Kansas City 6, Toronto 4

Boxscore | Recap
Tuesday, August 23, 2011 7:07 PM
Location - Rogers Centre
Temperature - 73°
Umpires - Home Plate - John Hirschbeck, First Base - Lazaro Diaz, Second Base - Wally Bell, Third Base - Scott Barry,
Attendance - 20009

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 X R H E
Kansas City 0 3 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 6 16 0
Toronto 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 1 4 6 1

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Kansas City 53-76 33-37 20-39 W1
Toronto 65-63 31-30 34-33 L1

Recap


Bruce Chen worked into the eighth inning for his career-best fourth consecutive victory as the Kansas City Royals prevailed 6-4 over the host Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday.

Chen (9-5) humbled the Blue Jays, his only mistake coming on a Yunel Escobar three-run homer in the sixth. The crafty lefthander limited Toronto to three runs on four hits over 7 2/3 innings while equaling a career high with nine strikeouts.

He was given plenty of help as the Royals pounded out 16 hits against Toronto starter Brandon Morrow (9-8) and a pair of Blue Jays relievers. Rookie Eric Hosmer had three hits - including his 11th homer, Billy Butler also went deep and Jeff Francoeur added four hits.

Joakim Soria allowed a run in the ninth but earned his 23rd save.

Morrow was tagged for six runs on 11 hits in 4 2/3 innings, his shortest outing in five starts. The hard-throwing righthander has lost three of his last four decisions.

Toronto second baseman Mike McCoy went 1-for-2 with a walk and a run scored in place of Aaron Hill, who was traded to Arizona - along with backup infielder John McDonald - for second baseman Kelly Johnson earlier Tuesday.

Top Game Performances

Starting Pitchers
Kansas City   Toronto
Bruce Chen Player Brandon Morrow
Win W/L Loss
7.2 IP 4.2
9 Strikeouts 5
4 Hits 11
3.52 ERA 11.57
Hitting
Kansas City   Toronto
Jeff Francoeur Player Yunel Escobar
4 Hits 2
0 RBI 3
0 HR 1
6 TB 5
.800 Avg .500

Team Stats Summary

Team Hits HR TB Avg LOB K RBI BB SB Errors
Kansas City 16 2 27 .381 22 8 5 1 1 0
Toronto 6 1 10 .188 5 11 4 1 1 1

Upcoming Games

  • Toronto will play their next game at home against Kansas City. The Blue Jays have a W/L % of .477 after a win and .540 after a loss.
  • Kansas City will play their next game on the road against Toronto. The Royals have a W/L % of .415 after a win and .408 after a loss.
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