Royals 3, Blue Jays 2(11)

Eric Hosmer thought the game was over when Melky Cabrera ripped

a drive with the bases loaded with one out in the 11th inning

Monday night.

Instead, Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Mike McCoy made a

lunging catch of Cabrera’s liner. That left it up to the rookie,

and Hosmer singled on the next pitch to give the Kansas City Royals

a 3-2 victory to snap a four-game losing streak.

”That was an unbelievable catch,” Hosmer said. ”I started to

put my arms up. I’m just looking at the ball and all of a sudden

you see him (McCoy) just come flying out of nowhere to make a catch

like that.”

Royals manager Ned Yost figured Hosmer would deliver the

game-winning hit after Cabrera was robbed.

”I just knew Hosmer was going to get a hit,” Yost said. ”I

said there’s no way we’re not going to win this game in this

inning. There would probably be no justice if he didn’t get a hit

that last inning especially the way Melky drilled a ball to

third.”

Hosmer punched a first pitch, hanging curveball from Frank

Francisco (1-3) to right-center to score Chris Getz.

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

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

single off Francisco 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 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. Yost said Soria would be going

back to the closer’s role.

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

hits and a walk.

Felipe Paulino, who was making his second start and third

appearance for the for Royals since being acquired May 26 from

Colorado, held the Blue Jays hitless until Jayson Nix singled to

leadoff 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. Juan 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.

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

Rzepczynski walked three, including Hosmer with the bases loaded.

He threw only one strike in 13 pitches before being replaced by

Octavio Dotel.

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

game,” Blue Jays manager John Farrell said. ”That’s a spot in the

lineup that we thought, coming into the series, that’s clearly

where we thought his presence would be. It was a small strike zone

that everybody was dealing with the whole night.”

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

innings, while striking out five and walking three.

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

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

will start Tuesday against the Blue Jays. RHP Jesse Chavez, who was

called up Friday from Omaha and made one relief appearance, was

sent back to the Pacific Coast League club. 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.