For the team from the 6ix, it was the sixth inning that spoke volumes in the Toronto Blue Jays' 8-2 win over the Kansas City Royals on Sunday afternoon. The inning, in which the Blue Jays scored five runs to break out of a 2-2 tie, featured back-to-back-to-back walks issued by two different Royals pitchers.
Francisco Liriano, who started the game for the Blue Jays, had a dominant night. Since returning from the disabled list, Liriano has struggled, collected a 4.98 ERA in his four starts since. Tonight was different. He pitched six innings, allowing just two earned runs and walking one. He struck out two batters and gave up one home run (a solo shot in the first) on 93 pitches.
The Royals took the lead first, as Jorge Bonifacio hit a home run in the first inning. Eric Hosmer singled in the fourth to make it 2-0 for Kansas City, but it would be the last run the Royals would get.
Toronto's comeback proved successful in the top of the fifth. Jose Bautista, on a 3-0 pitch, smashed a ball to the fountain at Kaufman Stadium in right-centre field, tying the game. The Blue Jays soared in front in the ever-important sixth inning, where Kansas City walked three consecutive batters and committed an error to allow five runs.
Royals' starter Jason Hammel gave up two earned runs over five innings pitched, walking three and striking out six. Hammel's start was arguably better than Liriano's, although it had less to show for it.
The Blue Jays' padded their lead in the seventh on a Jose Bautista single. Bautista ended his night with two hits, one walk and four RBIs.
Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images.
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