Royals 3, Blue Jays 2(11)

If reliever Marc Rzepczynski could have found the strike zone in

the seventh, there might not have been any need for the Toronto

Blue Jays to play extra innings.

Eric Hosmer hit a game-ending single in the 11th inning Monday

night, helping the Kansas City Royals beat the Jays 3-2 to snap a

four-game losing streak.

The Royals tied it in the bottom of the seventh when Rzepczynski

walked three, including Hosmer with the bases loaded to tie it. He

threw only one strike in 13 pitches before being replaced by

Octavio Dotel.

”I just didn’t throw strikes,” Rzepczynski said. ”You’ve got

to let them hit the ball. I was fine in the bullpen. Usually when I

miss it’s to the arm side. Tonight it was down. It’s just one of

those days when I didn’t throw strikes. No matter what pitch I

threw, I missed.”

He replaced Shawn Camp, who yielded a single to Matt Treanor,

with two outs in the seventh and the Blue Jays up 2-1. Rzepczynski

threw a first-pitch strike to Alex Gordon and then proceeded to

throw 12 consecutive balls.

”The three walks was the turning point there to extend the

game,” Toronto manager John Farrell said. ”It was a small strike

zone that everybody was dealing with the whole night.”

Hosmer had a hand in all three of Kansas City’s runs with two

RBIs and scored a run. Chris Getz led off the Royals 11th with a

bunt single off Frank Francisco (1-3) and stopped at second on

Brayan Pena’s groundball single to left. Alcides Escobar moved the

runners up with a sacrifice bunt. Alex Gordon was walked

intentionally to load the bases with one out. After Melky Cabrera

lined out to third, Hosmer delivered the game-winning hit.

Joakim Soria (4-3), who was removed from the closer’s role May

30 after blowing three saves in a week, picked up the victory. He

did not allow a hit in two innings.

Francisco, the seventh Toronto pitcher, gave up a run on three

hits and a walk.

Felipe Paulino, who was making his second start for Royals and

third appearance since being acquired May 26 from Colorado, held

the Blue Jays hitless until Jayson Nix singled to lead off the

sixth.

The Jays got an unearned run in the fourth when Yunel Escobar

reached first on Mike Aviles’ throwing error to lead off the

inning. He advanced to second on a wild pitch, took third on a

groundout and scored on Jose Bautista’s grounder.

The Royals answered with an unearned run in the bottom of the

fourth when Hosmer was safe at first on Escobar’s throwing error to

start the inning. He scored on Aviles’ two-out triple, the first

hit Brandon Morrow allowed.

Paulino exited in the seventh when he gave up a run on two hits

and a groundout. Rivera and J.P. Arencibia led off the innings with

singles. Aaron Hill’s fielder’s choice ground out scored

Rivera.

In his three games with Kansas City, Paulino has a 0.56 ERA,

allowing one run on eight hits in 16 innings.

Morrow held the Royals to one unearned run and two hits over six

innings, while striking out five and walking three.

”It was hot,” Morrow said. ”You’ve got to pace yourself for

it, for your legs to get through it. I felt better as I went along.

I felt good, strong all the way through, once I found my release

point. If I had not had the command problems early on I would have

gone back out there in the seventh.”

NOTES: RHP Vin Mazzaro, who was 0-0 with a 22.74 ERA in two May

appearances, was recalled after the game Monday from Triple-A Omaha

and will start Tuesday against the Blue Jays. The Royals optioned

RHP Jesse Chavez to Omaha. RHP Jesse Litsch threw up to 180 feet on

a flat surface, 45-feet off a mound and will throw his first

bullpen session Tuesday since going on the Blue Jays’ disabled list

May 20 with a right shoulder impingement. ”He had no ill effects

and had a full range of motion,” Farrell said. ”We’ll be getting

him into a simulated game in four or five days. He’ll have to make

multiple starts in rehab because of the nature of the injury.”

When OF Mitch Maier struck out as a pinch hitter in the ninth it

was only his 24th at-bat, although he has been with the Royals all

season. Farrell said 1B Adam Lind, who came off the DL Saturday

after missing 24 games with lower back stiffness, will play the

field one day and be the DH the next.