H E
KC 0 0 5 0 0 0 0 3 1 9 16 2
Tor 0 0 2 0 0 0 1 3 0 6 9 1
Date of game: 7/5/2012

Recap: Toronto vs. Kansas City

Toronto, ON (Sports Network) - Eric Hosmer went 2-for-5 with three RBI and a run scored, helping the Kansas City Royals beat the Toronto Blue Jays, 9-6, in the finale of a four-game series.

Yuniesky Betancourt hit a solo homer for the Royals, who won two games in the series. Alcides Escobar, Billy Butler, Mike Moustakas and Alex Gordon had an RBI apiece.

Kansas City starter Luke Hochevar (6-8) gave up two runs on four hits over five innings before leaving for precautionary reasons with a right medial ankle sprain.

J.P. Arencibia hit a pair of homers and knocked in three runs for the Blue Jays, who went 4-4 on an eight-game homestand. Ben Francisco had two RBI.

Henderson Alvarez (5-7) allowed five runs on eight hits over 5 1/3 innings to take the loss.

The Royals never looked back after scoring five runs in the third. Salvador Perez reached first on an infield single, Jarrod Dyson doubled and Gordon walked to load the bases with one out. Escobar and Hosmer followed with back- to-back RBI singles. Butler followed with a grounder down the third-base line that Brett Lawrie made a nice diving stop on. Lawrie's throw to second was way off the mark, and two runs scored on the play. Moustakas' sacrifice fly made it 5-0.

"I thought in that five-run inning with Henderson, they did a good job of staying on his stuff," Blue Jays manager John Farrell said. "I thought Henderson had quality pitches throughout, but there were some base hits that found the hole."

Toronto got two runs back in the bottom half. Kelly Johnson led off with a double and scored on Arencibia's homer to left.

Arencibia's solo homer in the seventh cut the gap to two, 5-3.

Kansas City seemed poised to pull away after scoring three runs in the eighth. Francisco Cordero quickly loaded the bases, but got an out when Dyson grounded into a fielder's choice. Gordon hit an RBI single to right prior to Escobar going down swinging. Hosmer followed with an infield single to deep second that scored two runs.

The Blue Jays kept it interesting with a three-run eighth of their own. Aaron Crow gave up an RBI single to Yunel Escobar, who moved to second on Rajai Davis' groundout. Jose Mijares came in from the bullpen and gave up an RBI triple to pinch-hitter Francisco, making it a two-run contest.

Betancourt's solo homer in the ninth gave Kansas City a 9-6 lead.

Jonathan Broxton worked around a one-out single in the home ninth to pick up his 21st save of the season.

Game Notes

The Blue Jays won the season series by a 6-2 margin...Hochevar hurt his right ankle while covering first base in the fifth...Hochevar improved to 4-1 in seven lifetime starts against Toronto...The Blue Jays selected the contract of pitcher Sam Dyson from Double-A New Hampshire and optioned pitcher Scott Richmond to Triple-A Las Vegas. Dyson made his MLB debut in the seventh...The Royals released catcher Humberto Quintero on Thursday.

Barnum hopes to lift Portland State in 2015

Portland State and new coach Bruce Barnum will face two FBS opponents and five teams at home as part of an 11-game 2015 schedule announced on Thursday.

NASCAR News
Pence breaks arm, out 6-to-8 weeks

The defending World Series champion San Francisco Giants will be without a key regular for perhaps the first month of the 2015 season after All-Star outfielder Hunter Pence fractured his left forearm in Thursday's spring training game.

Blazers' Matthews ruptures Achilles in win

Portland, OR (Sports Network) - The Portland Trail Blazers announced after their 94-75 win over the Dallas Mavericks that shooting guard Wesley Matthews will miss the remainder of the season with a ruptured Achilles tendon.

Ovechkin ruled out vs. Wild

Washington Capitals star forward Alex Ovechkin will not play in Thursday night's game against the Minnesota Wild due to a lower-body injury.

Stay Connected with WDEF News 12
 
Inergize Digital This site is hosted and managed by Inergize Digital.