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Blue Jays trounce Royals in opener of DH

Blue Jays trounce Royals in opener of DH”

Those next seven games will go a long way in showing whether the Blue Jays are able to sustain their hot start or just capitalizing on some weaker competition. Kansas City doubled its lead in the third on a Mike Moustakas RBI double and Abraham Almonte gave the Royals a 3-0 on a solo home run in the sixth.

In the previous doubleheaders at the stadium formerly known as Skydome, Toronto swept the Los Angeles Angels on July 17, 1989, and the Cleveland Indians on October 5, 2001. They took that one 5-4 on the strength of four-run seventh inning and a walk-off from Luke Maile, who belted a bases-loaded single off Royals lefty Brian Flynn in the bottom of the 10th to win the game. Joe Biagini gave up three runs on six hits, not factoring in the decision in the start.

The Jays fought back in the seventh. Devon Travis's RBI single tied the game 3-3 and Steve Pearce drove in Maile for the go-ahead run.

The Royals tied it on Alcides Escobar's homer in the eighth, his first this season. Clippard, who earned the win, pitched a scoreless 10th to set up the walk-off.

Many on social media, included some Toronto fans, sided with Grathoff, saying the Jays may have jinxed Monday's game by boasting about their stadium that proved to be not as weather-proof as thought. Teoscar Hernandez singled and Justin Smoak and Solarte followed with RBI singles. It's just that I'm thrilled to see the Blue Jays playing such inspired baseball to start the year, and they're doing it without being at full capacity. He has started three games this season and has very good numbers. Entering Tuesday, the right fielder, acquired by Toronto in an off-season trade with the St. Louis Cardinals, was hitting only.071 (3-for-42). He's been pressing big time, grinding.

"What's helped him no doubt is a little more playing time", Gibbons said of his plan to play Maile every third day to help keep starting catcher Russell Martin healthy. Staff ace Danny Duffy, scheduled to start the series opener against the Blue Jays, was in line for the game.

Biagini (0-0), who last started for triple-A Buffalo on April 9, allowed three earned runs on six hits over 5 2/3 innings while throwing a career-high 106 pitches. "It wasn't my best stuff".

Garcia's counterpart, Royals lefty Eric Skoglund, threw five frames as well.

Solarte put the Jays on the board in the first inning with his third homer.

Yangervis Solarte hit a two-run home run in the first to give the Blue Jays an early 2-0 lead and finished the first game 2-for-3 with four runs-batted in.

The Royals threatened in the top of the second when they loaded the bases with none out.

Earlier in the day, Randal Grichuk hit a three-run homer as part of a six-run sixth inning and Jaime Garcia (2-0) went five innings surrendering three runs on five hits as the Blue Jays thumped the Royals 11-3 in the first game.

Toronto rallied for three runs in the fifth and jumped back in front by a pair. The over/under total for the game is listed at 8.5 runs. The Blue Jays cruised the rest of the way.



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