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High-scoring Jays rout K.C., 9-1

April 10, 2007

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— A high-scoring offense has the Toronto Blue Jays off to the best start in the AL East.

A.J. Burnett and three relievers combined on a four-hitter, and Vernon Wells homered to lead Toronto to a 9-1 victory over the Kansas City Royals in the Blue Jays' home opener Monday night.

Lyle Overbay hit a three-run double for the AL East-leading Blue Jays, who have averaged seven runs a game in the first six games. Toronto has won three straight to improve to 4-2.

"You expect it from our guys. I hate to say that, but we expect to get four or five runs a game," Burnett said.

John Buck homered off Burnett for the Royals, who played the first of a 10-game road trip. Kansas City finished with the second-worst road record in the AL last season at 28-53.

Burnett (1-1) allowed just three hits, struck out five and walked three in 62â3 innings. He lasted just two innings in his first start - his shortest since June 30, 2004.

K.C. loaded the bases in the second and third but couldn't score.

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