Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Royals snap Jays’ streak

TORONTO—Like he’s done all month, Edwin Encarnacion did his part to put the Toronto offence in position for a victory.
It was the defence that came up short last night and it proved costly in an 8-6 extra-inning loss to the Kansas City Royals.

With two outs in the ninth, Toronto shortstop Jose Reyes had a chance to seal the win on a routine ground ball.
However, his throw was low and pinch-runner Jarrod Dyson came around from second base to tie the game.
The Royals scored two more runs in the 10th to end Toronto’s season-high nine-game winning streak.
“There’s no excuse,” Reyes said. “I should make a better throw there.
“That’s a routine ground ball, I got it perfect,” he added.
“I just didn’t have enough on the throw.”
Omar Infante drove in a pair of runs off Toronto reliever Todd Redmond (0-4) in the 10th as Kansas City (25-28) ended its four-game losing skid.
Greg Holland got the last three outs for his 15th save.
“Well you don’t expect to lose one like that,” said Jays’ manager John Gibbons.
“But you know what, we’ve been playing some good baseball,” he added.
“The key is just to come back out and play a good clean game tomorrow [Friday].”
Encarnacion continued his phenomenal play this month by launching two no-doubt homers to give him 18 on the season and a team record 16 for the month.
“To watch what he’s been doing this month, I don’t know where it goes down in history but it’s pretty historic in my mind anyway,” Gibbons noted.
Jose Bautista also homered for the Jays, who had their seven-game home winning streak come to an end.
Encarnacion now is one away from tying Barry Bonds’ major-league record for most homers in the month of May.
Bonds hit 17 with San Francisco back in 2001.
The Toronto slugger also has five multi-homer games this month, which ties the major-league record for any month currently shared by Albert Belle (September, 1995) and Harmon Killebrew (May, 1959).
Jays’ starter R.A. Dickey pitched to two batters in the sixth inning before being pulled.
He said the team will focus on its positive play over the last few weeks.
“Jose [Reyes] makes that play 99 out of 100 times, it was just a real fluke thing,” Dickey remarked.
“But we can’t second-guess things the way that we’ve been playing and the way we’ve been pitching and hitting,” he stressed.
“I mean, Edwin—what can you say?
“I mean it’s been fun to watch and to be on a team where so many things are going well and I think it’ll continue tomorrow [Friday],” said Dickey.
“I think this was just kind of a mild hiccup.”
The AL East-leading Jays fell to 32-23 with the loss.
Kansas City starter James Shields worked seven innings while reliever Wade Davis (4-1) pitched two innings for the win.
The Royals left 11 batters on base but outhit Toronto 14-9.
“I was really pleased with the way we swung the bats tonight,” said manager Ned Yost.
“We were driving balls. We just had some great at-bats.”
Elsewhere in the AL, Texas edged Minnesota 5-4, Detroit nipped Oakland 5-4, Houston beat Baltimore 3-1, and L.A. downed Seattle 7-5.
Over in the NL, New York beat Philadelphia 4-1, San Francisco topped St. Louis 6-5, Arizona blanked Cincinnati 4-0, and Pittsburgh doubled L.A. 6-3.
Boston shaded Atlanta 4-3 in the lone interleague game.

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