Kansas City 9, Toronto 6

Boxscore | Recap
Thursday, July 5, 2012 7:07 PM
Location - Rogers Centre
Temperature - 75°
Umpires - Home Plate - Ed Hickox, First Base - Mark Carlson, Second Base - Angel Hernandez, Third Base - Chris Conroy,
Attendance - 20598

Final Scoring Summary

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

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Kansas City 37-44 14-23 23-21 W1
Toronto 42-41 23-19 19-22 L1

Recap


Royals 9, Blue Jays 6:
Eric Hosmer drove in three runs and Kansas City pounded out 16 hits while holding on to salvage a split of the four-game series in Toronto.

The Royals sent 10 batters to the plate during a five-run third inning. With the bases loaded and one out, Alcides Escobar, Hosmer and Billy Butler delivered consecutive RBI singles against Henderson Alvarez (5-7). A fourth run scored on an error by Toronto third baseman Brett Lawrie, and Mike Moustakas added a run-scoring sacrifice fly.

J.P. Arencibia drove in Toronto’s first three runs, hitting a two-run homer in the bottom of the third inning and adding a solo shot in the seventh.

Each team scored three runs in the eighth inning. The Royals got an RBI base hit from Alex Gordon and a two-run single from Hosmer in the top of the frame, and the Blue Jays answered with an RBI single from Yunel Escobar and a two-run triple by pinch hitter Ben Francisco to get back within two.

Yuniesky Betancourt, the last Kansas City starter without a hit, provided an insurance run with a ninth-inning solo homer.

Luke Hochevar (6-8) got the victory, allowing two runs on four hits in five innings of work. He struck out three and walked one before exiting with a right medial ankle sprain. Jonathan Broxton, the sixth Kansas City reliever, worked the ninth inning for his 21st save.

Alvarez lasted 5 1/3 innings in defeat, allowing eight hits and a pair of walks.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Hochevar was pulled for precautionary reasons. It is unclear whether he will miss any starts ... Royals C Salvador Perez, who went 4-for-5 to raise his average to .425, has hit safely in all 11 games he has played this season since coming off the disabled list last month ... Arencibia had his sixth career multi-homer game, tying Ernie Whitt for most by a Toronto catcher ... Jose Bautista went 0-for-5 for the Blue Jays, lining into a game-ending double play in the ninth.

Top Game Performances

Starting Pitchers
Kansas City   Toronto
Luke Hochevar Player Henderson Alvarez
Win W/L Loss
5.0 IP 5.1
3 Strikeouts 4
4 Hits 8
3.60 ERA 8.44
Hitting
Kansas City   Toronto
Salvador Perez Player Yunel Escobar
4 Hits 2
0 RBI 1
0 HR 0
4 TB 3
.800 Avg .667

Team Stats Summary

Team Hits HR TB Avg LOB K RBI BB SB Errors
Kansas City 16 1 22 .381 17 7 8 3 1 2
Toronto 9 2 20 .250 14 6 6 3 0 1

Upcoming Games

  • Toronto will play their next game on the road against Chi. White Sox. The Blue Jays have a W/L % of .558 after a win and .450 after a loss.
  • Kansas City will play their next game on the road against Detroit. The Royals have a W/L % of .486 after a win and .432 after a loss.