Teahen homers as Kansas City beats Blue Jays

Three Toronto errors helped the Royals split the four-game series.
Tuesday, August 14, 2007 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 6:01 p.m. CDT, Friday, July 4, 2008

KANSAS CITY — Mark Teahen homered for the first time in more than two months and the Kansas City Royals took advantage of three Toronto Blue Jays errors to win 6-2 on Monday night.

Teahen, who led the Royals with 18 home runs in 2006, hit his sixth home run in the first inning, ending a drought of 250 at-bats without a homer. Teahen’s previous home run was May 29 against Baltimore.

The Royals took advantage of fielding errors by Aaron Hill and Lyle Overbay in the third to score two unearned runs and grab a 3-2 lead. Hill’s error on Tony Pena Jr.’s grounder to second started the inning. After David DeJesus walked, Pena was caught stealing, but Esteban German followed by singling DeJesus to third. Teahen then hit a one-hopper that Overbay couldn’t field, allowing DeJesus to score. German scored on Billy Butler’s ground out.

Hector Luna couldn’t handle Pena’s grounder to third to start the fifth. DeJesus was then hit by a pitch for the 15th time. After German bunted into a fielder’s choice, Butler’s single scored DeJesus.

Ross Gload stroked a two-run double in the seventh off reliever Brian Tallet, scoring German and Teahen.

Left-hander Odalis Perez, who had lost his previous two starts and was 2-4 in his past nine, picked up the win, allowing two runs and eight hits with one walk and three strikes in five innings before being replaced by Joel Peralta. It was the 14th time in 25 starts that Perez has gone fewer than six innings.

Perez (7-11) worked out of a bases loaded jam in the fifth by striking out Frank Thomas to end the inning.

Jesse Litsch (4-5) allowed five runs — two earned — in 62/3 innings, giving up six hits, while walking two and striking out two, to take the loss.

Thomas doubled to lead off the second and scored on Curtis Thigpen’s single. Reed Johnson and Alex Rios doubled in the third to produce the other run off Perez.

Notes: 3B Troy Glaus was scratched from the Toronto lineup with a sore left foot. ... Butler made his second big league start at first base. He had been the Royals’ DH for 40 games and started five games in left. ... Rios doubled and singled for his 44th multi-hit game.

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