Royals salvage series finale in Toronto

For the first time this weekend, the roof was open at the Rogers Centre in Toronto, as the KC Royals won the series finale against the Blue Jays with a 5-0 victory. They still lost the series.

James Shields warming up during 2013 spring training (Jen Nevius).

James Shields warming up during 2013 spring training (Jen Nevius).

The Royals scored one run in the first inning without a hit (on a ground out after a walk and stolen base) and that was more than enough for starter James Shields.

Though he needed 112 pitches to get through seven innings, Shields was dominant. He allowed just three hits and one walk. He struck out nine. Shields did not allow his first hit (and then walk) until there were two outs in the fourth. The Royals were already up 5-0.

Shields retired eight of nine to finish his outing and struck out five of them.

The Royals got to Blue Jays starter JA Happ for four more runs in the top of the third on five hits (four of which were singles).

Meanwhile, the Royals offense was shut down by the Blue Jays bullpen, beginning with Chad Jenkins, who was called up a week ago from Double-A New Hampshire. He allowed a leadoff double, but cruised over three scoreless innings. The Royals only collected three hits and a walk off the Blue Jays bullpen.

Luke Hochevar struck out two in his one inning of work before Greg Holland threw 12 pitches in his perfect ninth.

 

Next up for the Royals is a return trip home to Kauffman Stadium. Unfortunately, Felix Hernandez and the Seattle Mariners will be waiting on Monday afternoon. Danny Duffy will get the start.

 

*In roster news, catcher Brett Hayes and reliever Francisley Bueno were recalled as part of the rosters expanding. Wade Davis and Louis Coleman are expected to be recalled on Tuesday. There could be more, as Triple-A Omaha is hanging on to a hope of making the playoffs.

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