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Royals slide hits nine straight with 9-5 loss to Jays

Saturday, April 21, 2012 | 11:13 p.m. CDT; updated 11:53 p.m. CDT, Saturday, April 21, 2012

KANSAS CITY — With the Kansas City Royals mired in a nine-game losing streak, they are looking for some positives.

Well, they didn't hit into a triple play Saturday night.

They did lose to the Toronto Blue Jays again, this time 9-5.

On Friday night, the Blue Jays turned three on the Royals. On Saturday night, Kansas City couldn't keep the Jays in the park enough.

"When we fall behind in the count, they get home runs," Everett Teaford said. "When they fall behind in the count, we hit mashed double plays. Look at the end of the game. Gordo (Alex Gordon) hit it just really hard and it turns into a double play. Guess it wasn't a triple play; that's a plus. We want to turn this around so bad and maybe that's part of the problem. We're pushing too hard."

The losing streak is the Royals longest since they dropped 10 in a row April 10-24, 2009. They have lost a club record nine consecutive at home, dating to last season.

"We've got to figure out how to stop the snowball, before it even begins," Teaford said.

Hosmer hit a two-run homer in a four-run fifth as the Royals took a short-lived 5-4 advantage. Colby Rasmus hit a two-run homer in the sixth off Teaford (0-1) to put the Blue Jays up to stay.

"We had opportunities to score, and did score," Royals manager Ned Yost said. "You want your bullpen to hold them and we just couldn't do that."

Hosmer hit a 2-0 changeup from Drew Hutchison (1-0), who picked up a victory in his big league debut.

"Luck's just not going our way right now," Hosmer said. "That's the way baseball is sometimes. Our time is coming. A couple of things go our way and we're right there. That's what it's like as a baseball player. You have to take it day by day.

Not one person here is hanging their head. We're getting a lot of tough breaks, like every team does. Unfortunately a lot of ours are coming early on."

Rasmus hit two home runs, his third career multi-homer game. Edwin Encarnacion also homered and drove in three runs for the Blue Jays.

Hutchison (1-0), who had never pitched above Double-A before Saturday, left after 99 pitches and 5 1-3 innings, allowing five runs and eight hits, including two homers. Hutchison became the eighth youngest starting pitcher in Blue Jays history at 21 years, 243 days.

Rasmus and Encarnacion homered off rookie reliever Kelvin Herrera in the three-run seventh. It was Rasmus' third career multihomer game.

Left-hander Darren Oliver, who at 41 is nearly twice the age of Hutchison, entered in the sixth after Alcides Escobar's single advanced Mike Moustakas to third. Oliver struck out Mitch Maier and retired Yuniesky Betancourt on a fly to preserve the lead. Escobar stroked four hits, matching his career high.Royals starter Luis Mendoza faced 19 batters and 11 reached base — 10 hits and a walk — before being pulled with one out in the fourth.

The Blue Jays batted around in a four-run fourth that Adam Lind started with a double.

Five consecutive one-out singles by Encarnacion, Brett Lawrie, Rasmus, J.P. Arencibia and Yunel Escobar knocked Mendoza out of the game, giving the Blue Jays a 4-1 advantage. In three starts, Mendoza has allowed 24 hits, walked nine and struck out four in 13 innings. Teaford, who had not pitched since April 13, replaced Mendoza and walked Kelly Johnson to load the bases before getting Jose Bautista to line out into an inning-ending double play.

Alex Gordon homered in the first for the Royals.

 


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