Royals Lose North of the Border on Independence Day

By: Courtesy: Associated Press
By: Courtesy: Associated Press

TORONTO (AP) -- Carlos Villanueva pitched six shutout innings,
Yunel Escobar drove in two runs and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the
Kansas City Royals 4-1 Wednesday night.

Every Blue Jays starter had at least one hit as Toronto won for
the fourth time in six games. The Blue Jays are 6-1 against Kansas
City this season and have won nine of the past 12 meetings dating
to 2011.

Jeff Francoeur's RBI triple in the seventh provided the only run
of the game for the Royals, who have lost five of six.

Toronto opened the scoring in the second when Rajai Davis
tripled and scored on Kelly Johnson's sacrifice fly.

The Blue Jays added two more in the third. Edwin Encarnacion led
off with a single, extending his hitting streak to 10 games, and
Adam Lind followed with a double before Escobar and Davis hit
back-to-back sacrifice flies.

Escobar added an insurance run in the eighth with a two-out RBI
single off Kelvin Herrera.

Starting for the second time this season after making 22 relief
appearances, Villanueva (3-0) allowed just four hits, three of them
singles. He walked none and matched a season-high with seven
strikeouts.

Jason Frasor replaced Villanueva in the seventh but couldn't
keep the shutout bid alive. Moustakas hit a two-out single and
scored when Francoeur tripled to left on a ball that skipped past
Davis and rolled all the way to the wall.

Darren Oliver pitched the eighth and Casey Janssen finished in
the ninth for his 11th save in 12 opportunities.

Coming off a win over Minnesota in his last start, Royals
right-hander Luis Mendoza pitched well but was unable to earn
consecutive victories for the first time this season. Mendoza (3-5)
allowed three runs and nine hits in six innings. He walked one and
struck out a career-high nine.


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