Toronto John Buck’s decisive hit didn’t even travel 90 feet — and that was just fine with him.
“I’ll take it,” a smiling Buck said of his swinging bunt that snapped an 0-for-15 slump. “However I get them, I’ll take them. It’s hard enough to hit in this league.”
Vernon Wells homered, Buck drove in the go-ahead run against former teammate Kyle Davies, and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Kansas City Royals, 4-3, on Tuesday night.
So will Buck, who signed with Toronto this winter after six seasons in Kansas City, do a little exaggerating about his key hit when he relives the moment?
“Of course,” he said. “Especially to Kyle’s kids.”
Wells went 3-for-4 with two doubles and scored twice, raising his average to .364.
“You can’t mess up to him,” Royals manager Trey Hillman said. “We know there’s a lot of power in the bat, and you’ve got to make sure you hit your spots.”
It was the 737th RBI of Wells’ career, moving him past Joe Carter for third on the Toronto list.
“It’s cool,” Wells said, “but Joe has a number that none of us in this clubhouse has, and that’s two World Series rings.”
Shawn Camp (1-0) pitched 12⁄3 innings of relief for the victory as Toronto won its ninth consecutive home series against the Royals.