April 29, 2014, KANSAS CITY (ISN) – Dustin McGowan had an improved outing, but the Blue Jays’ bullpen couldn’t protect a three-run lead in the seventh inning as the Royals roared back for a 10-7 victory on Tuesday night.
Salvador Perez delivered a go-ahead two-run double in the eighth off Sergio Santos as Kansas City forged a six-run inning to win the opener of a three-game series. Perez had a two-run homer in the seventh to bring the Royals within 5-4.
McGowan allowed only three hits over six innings, but could only watch as the bullpen could not seal the deal.
The Blue Jays had managed to break on top in the first inning when Jose Bautista launched a two-out homer to left against Royals starter Jason Vargas. Bautista has reached base in all 26 games to begin the season, the longest such streak since Jordan Schafer did so in his first 25 games for Atlanta in 2012.
McGowan saw the Royals take the lead in a shaky second inning. Billy Butler led off with a single and Alex Gordon walked. Butler advanced to third on Perez’s deep fly to center and scored on a wild pitch. The Royals went up 2-1 when catcher Dioner Navarro, with a runner at third, tried to getAlcides Escobar stealing second. Navarro’s throw sailed into center field to create the unearned go-ahead run.
McGowan, pitching in a light rain, settled down thereafter and the Blue Jays went back in front with a two-run rally in the fifth. With one out, Jose Reyes doubled off the glove of right fielder Nori Aoki.Melky Cabrera followed with an RBI triple, which marked his club record 40th hit of March/April. Cabrera scored on a wild pitch, putting Toronto ahead 3-2.
The Blue Jays added tack-on runs in the seventh while knocking out Vargas. Colby Rasmus’ double, a sacrifice by Chris Getz and an RBI single by Reyes made it 4-2. Cabrera then launched an RBI double to end the night for Vargas and put the Blue Jays up by three.
McGowan opened the seventh by throwing three straight balls to Gordon. The count went full before Gordon doubled to right-center on a high fly ball on which neither Rasmus or Bautista took charge.Steve Delabar came on at that juncture and Perez delivered his two-run homer to chip Kansas City’s deficit to 5-4.
Delabar got the next two before Jarrod Dyson’s bunt single caused manager John Gibbons to go to left-hander Brett Cecil. Dyson stole second and Aoki walked before Cecil escaped further damage by getting Omar Infante on a forceout.