Royals end streak with loss in Toronto

The KC Royals did not have many chances, but did in the ninth, but came up short on Friday night with a 3-2 loss in Toronto. The loss ended their five-game winning streak.

royals logoThe Blue Jays jumped on Royals starter Ervin Santana in the very first inning with two runs, though it was aided by an Emilio Bonifacio error. Adam Lind drove in both runs with a one out, two-run single.

Santana cruised from there until the fifth when Anthony Gose tripled to lead off the inning. Rookie Ryan Goins delivered the eventual game winner with an RBI single.

Meanwhile, the Royals offense was completely shut down by Blue Jays starter Mark Buehrle. He allowed just four hits and a walk over seven scoreless innings. The veteran American League Central pitcher (with the Chicago White Sox) struck out five.

The Royals immediately jumped on All-Star reliever Brett Cecil in the eighth. After two straight singles to lead off the inning, Bonifacio bunted one run in. Eric Hosmer followed with an RBI single to cut the deficit to one. That was all for Cecil and in came former closer Sergio Santos, who induced two ground outs to end the threat.

To the ninth they went against Blue Jays closer Casey Janssen. Mike Moustakas led off the inning with a single and was pinch run for by Chris Getz. David Lough pinch hit, but popped up on the infield. Jarrod Dyson followed with a single to put the tying run in scoring position with pinch-hitter George Kottaras coming to the plate. He lined out to center and Alex Gordon grounded out to end the game.

 

The Royals look to start another winning streak on Saturday afternoon with Jeremy Guthrie on the mound against knuckleballer RA Dickey.

 

*In other Saturday news, Wade Davis is expected to throw two innings for High-A Wilmington and Louis Coleman is expected to throw another inning with the Blue Rocks.

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