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Moustakas hits grand slam as Royals rout Blue Jays

Monday, July 2, 2012 | 9:02 p.m. CDT; updated 9:11 p.m. CDT, Monday, July 2, 2012
Kansas City Royals' Mike Moustakas celebrates his grand slam in the dugout against the Toronto Blue Jays during the seventh inning of a baseball game, Monday, July 2, 2012, in Toronto.

TORONTO — Mike Moustakas hit his first career grand slam, Everett Teaford pitched seven innings for his first win of the season and the Kansas City Royals beat the Toronto Blue Jays 11-3 on Monday night.

Salvador Perez hit a two-run home run as the Royals snapped a three-game losing streak, matched their season high with 14 hits and beat Toronto for the first time in five meetings this season.

Jose Bautista hit his major league leading 27th home run and Colby Rasmus clubbed a solo shot off the facing of the fifth deck but it wasn't enough for the Blue Jays, who lost for the fifth time in seven games.

Teaford (1-0) allowed three runs and five hits to win for the first time since last September. He walked two and struck out two.

Kelvin Herrera worked the eighth and Tim Collins finished in the ninth as the Royals won for the fifth time in eight games.

Toronto left-hander Ricky Romero (8-3) lost at home for the first time in almost a year, giving up eight runs and a season-high 11 hits in six-plus innings. Romero, who suffered consecutive losses for the first time this season, also allowed eight runs in last Wednesday's loss at Boston.

Romero came in unbeaten in 14 starts at Rogers Centre since losing a 4-1 decision to the Yankees on July 16, 2011, and was handed an early lead when Brett Lawrie scored on Yunel Escobar's RBI groundout in the first.

Romero couldn't hold the lead, however, and Perez quickly put the Royals in front with a two-out homer to left in the second, his third.

Kansas City added two more in the third on back-to-back RBI doubles by Yuniesky Betancourt and Moustakas.

Bautista made it 4-2 with a solo drive to center in the bottom half, but the Royals piled on with two more in the fourth. Alex Gordon's RBI single drove in Perez and Jason Bourgeois scored on a wild pitch.

Rasmus cut it to 6-3 with a booming homer off Teaford in the fifth, a two-out drive that hit off the facing of the fifth deck in right field, his 16th of the season and second in two days.

Kansas City chased Romero and put the game out of reach with a five-run seventh. Alcides Escobar led off with a walk, Eric Hosmer doubled and David Pauley came on to replace Romero. Pauley hit Billy Butler to load the bases, gave up an RBI single to Betancourt, then surrendered a first-pitch homer to Moustakas, his 14th.


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