Blue Jays 4, Royals 3

The Toronto Blue Jays had not turned a triple play in 33 years

and the Kansas City Royals hadn’t hit into one since that same


Both streaks ended Friday night before Jose Bautista singled

home the go-ahead run in the eighth inning to lift Toronto over

Kansas City 4-3, handing the slumping Royals their eighth straight


Kansas City had runners on first and second in the third inning

when Eric Hosmer lined out to first baseman Adam Lind, who stepped

on the bag to double off Yuniesky Betancourt. Lind then fired to

shortstop Yunel Escobar to retire Alex Gordon, who had strayed off


It was Toronto’s first triple play since Sept. 21, 1979, against

the New York Yankees. Al Cowens was the previous Royals batter to

hit into a triple play on June 19, 1979, against Oakland.

”It’s the first one I’ve ever seen in person,” Blue Jays

manager John Farrell said. ”You don’t try to make a pitch to get a

triple play, but fortunately Hosmer squares the ball up. It looks

like a sinking line drive so you can see where the baserunners are

going to extend their secondary leads. We caught a break there. It

was a quick one for sure.

”In 11 pitches, we go from runners being on first and second to

being out of the inning. It kept his pitch count a little more


Toronto starter Kyle Drabek left after walking six in 5 1-3

innings and throwing only 49 strikes in 100 pitches. He allowed two

runs, one on a wild pitch, and gave up four hits, but the triple

play allowed him to go deeper into the game.

”That’s the first one I’ve ever seen,” Drabek said. ”It was

real fun for me to see, especially having those two guys on. I had

no idea when he caught it what was about to happen.”

Lind snagged the ball just before it hit the ground.

”As soon as I caught it, I knew it was there, just touch first

and throw to second,” he said. ”Both baserunners were way off the

bag. There really wasn’t much to think about. It was so fast and it

was over. It goes from being in a jam until all of a sudden we’re

hitting. It’s special, a pitcher’s best friend. Let’s hope it’s not

33 more years.”

For the Royals, it was just another way to lose.

”That’s kind of the way things are going for us right now,”

Hosmer said. ”It’s been that way the last couple of weeks. It was

a big situation, first and second. It was one tough break. It’s the

first in my lifetime. He threw a fastball in. I saw it good and put

a good swing on it. It’s obviously not the result we wanted.”

The Royals took a 2-1 lead into the eighth when Greg Holland,

the fourth Kansas City pitcher, threw only seven strikes in 22

pitches. He gave up three runs on three hits, two walks and a balk

without retiring a batter.

Colby Rasmus led off the inning with a double. J.P. Arencibia,

who was hitting .132, delivered an RBI single.

Holland (0-2) walked Escobar and Kelly Johnson on eight pitches

to load the bases, and Bautista’s sharp single to right scored

pinch-runner Rajai Davis. Edwin Encarnacion’s sacrifice fly scored

Johnson to make it 4-2.

The Royals’ losing streak is their longest since dropping 10

straight from July 10-24, 2010.

Drabek’s wild pitch with two outs in the fourth allowed Jeff

Francoeur to score, putting Kansas City up 2-0. Mike Moustakas

homered in the second for the first Kansas City run.

Luis Perez (2-0) replaced Drabek and worked 1 2-3 scoreless

innings to pick up the victory. Sergio Santos got his second save

in four tries, but allowed a RBI single to Betancourt.

Royals starter Luke Hochevar, working on six days’ rest, allowed

one run and two hits in five innings before being pulled after 84

pitches. Eric Thames scored in the fifth on Arencibia’s single for

the only run off Hochevar.

NOTES: Royals CF Lorenzo Cain, on the disabled list with a

strained left groin, could report Saturday to Double-A Northwest

Arkansas to start a minor league rehab assignment. … Kansas City

RHP Felipe Paulino threw three innings at extended spring training

in Surprise, Ariz. Royals manager Ned Yost said Paulino would

probably make a rehab start next week for Northwest Arkansas.

”We’re close on both guys,” Yost said. … Blue Jays RHP Drew

Hutchinson, who has never pitched above Double-A and went 14-5 with

a 2.53 ERA in three minor league stops, will make his major league

debut Saturday against the Royals. ”We’ve got a ton of scouting

reports on the guy,” Yost said. ”We’ve got reports from the

minute he signed, every year. We do have some minor league video we

can look at. In this age of technology, there’s just no way around

not getting 90 percent of the information that you need to get an

idea. It still helps to see him in real life.” … The Blue Jays

have had three off days in April and have not needed a No. 5

starter until Saturday. … The Royals traded RHP Zach Miner to the

Detroit Tigers for cash. Miner is 25-20 with a 4.24 ERA in the

majors, all with the Tigers, but has not pitched in the big leagues

since 2009.