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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Drew Hutchison was rarely challenged through the first six innings Wednesday night, breezing through an early swinging lineup of Kansas City Royals and keeping the game knotted 2-all.
The young Toronto starter finally ran into trouble in the seventh.
Alcides Escobar delivered a two-out, two-run double to give the Royals the lead, and their bullpen held on for a tense 4-2 victory over the scuffling Blue Jays.
Eric Hosmer drove in the other two runs for the Royals, whose bullpen blew a 2-0 lead for young starter Yordano Ventura before holding on to beat Toronto with a late rally for the second straight night. Kansas City won the series opener 10-7 behind a six-run eighth inning.
“It’s frustrating, but at the end of the day I need to do a better job to give us a chance to win,” Hutchison said. “I was in complete control going into the seventh. It comes down to that it’s on me and I need to get the job done.”
Kelvin Herrera (1-1) stranded runners on second and third in the seventh, and Wade Davis struck out Jose Reyes to leave the bases loaded in the eighth. Greg Holland worked around a double in the ninth for his seventh save in seven tries.
The 23-year-old right-hander, who missed last season after Tommy John surgery, kept the Royals mostly off balance until Escobar guided his double down the left-field line. Jimmy Paredes and Salvy Perez scored easily to give Kansas City the lead.
“I got ahead of him. I went right at him. I thought I made a good pitch,” Hutchison said. “That’s a situation where I expect myself to thrive and get the job done, but I didn’t.”
The Royals improved to 14-0 when scoring at least four runs - they remain 0-12 falling short of that mark. Meanwhile, the Blue Jays lost for the sixth time in their last seven games.
“It’s one of those games where we had opportunities but didn’t get the timely hit,” second baseman Chris Getz said. “Obviously, the name of the game is getting those timely hits, but they made their pitches. The strength of their team is the bullpen and defense. They came through.”
Toronto also lost outfielder Melky Cabrera in the sixth inning when he was hit in the left shin by a pitch from Danny Duffy. Cabrera needed to be helped off the field, though X-rays taken at the ballpark came back negative and a team spokesman said he was day to day.
The Royals manufactured a 1-0 lead through driving rain in the first inning with a double by Nori Aoki, a sacrifice bunt and Hosmer’s sacrifice fly. They tacked on another run in the fourth when Hosmer followed a double by Omar Infante with one of his own.
As long as Ventura was pitching, it seemed that would be enough.
The Blue Jays struggled to catch up to the 22-year-old’s triple-digit fastball, managing just two hits over five innings. But they were more successful at avoiding stuff off the plate, driving up his pitch count and forcing him from the game after five innings and 92 pitches.
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