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K.C. endures 105th loss

Toronto’s Towers tosses complete game

October 1, 2005


— The Kansas City Royals never have been worse.

The Royals set a team record with their 105th loss, as Josh Towers pitched his second complete game of the season in the Toronto Blue Jays' 10-1 victory Friday night.

The Royals are a major-league-worst 55-105. They went 58-104 last year and have three 100-loss seasons in the last four years.

"It's even hard to go to the bar," said Jose Lima, who turned 33 Friday.

Asked about the record-setting loss, manager Buddy Bell said: "So, whatever."

Kansas City center fielder Aaron Guiel said it didn't matter.

"At this time of year you are not playing for wins and losses," Guiel said. "You are playing for development and experience."

Frank Catalanotto drove in three runs and is 9-for-15 with seven RBIs in his last three games. John Ford Griffen had four RBIs in his first major-league start for the Blue Jays, who must win their final two games to reach .500.

"Coming up here is a great honor," Griffin said. "Right now it's just about going out there, getting at-bats and showing I can play."

Towers (13-12) scattered nine hits while striking out six and walking none in his fourth career complete game.

Royals at Blue Jays

When: 3:07 p.m. today Where: Rogers Centre, Toronto Pitchers: J.P. Howell (3-5) vs. Dave Bush (5-11) TV: Sunflower Broadband Channel 6 K.C. record: 55-105

"You're impressed with the outcome, but not impressed by what you saw up there," Guiel said.

The 28-year-old right-hander reached 200 innings for the first time and reached career bests in wins and earned-run average (3.71) this season.

"Josh went out in style, man," Toronto manager John Gibbons said. "His 13th win, he had a heck of a year."

Toronto batted around and scored five runs off Zach Greinke (5-17) in the fourth on Guillermo Quiroz's run-scoring walk and two-run doubles by Griffin and Catalanotto.

"I'm tired of grand slams, so I'm not throwing balls down the middle no matter who it is," Greinke said of the bases-loaded walk to Quiroz.

Eric Hinske chased Greinke with an RBI double in the fifth, and the Blue Jays added three runs in the inning off Shawn Camp on Griffin's two-run single and Catalanotto's RBI single.

Greinke allowed seven runs and nine hits in four innings, the fifth time he's allowed seven or more earned runs this season. He leads the AL in losses.

"You just have to deal with what happened and try to improve from there," Greinke said.

Mark Teahen drove in the Royals' lone run with a single in the fourth.

Notes: Former Kansas City manager Tony Pena resigned the last time the Royals were in Toronto. Pena quit after a loss May 10. ... Toronto 2B Aaron Hill was hit on the left arm in consecutive at-bats.


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