Toronto Even after his team stranded 11 runners and went 2-for-14 with men in scoring position, Royals manager Ned Yost wasn’t getting worked up about missed opportunities.
Brett Lawrie hit a tiebreaking home run in the seventh inning, Jose Bautista added his major league-leading 37th homer and the Toronto Blue Jays beat Kansas City 4-3 on Wednesday night.
“I didn’t feel like we let one get away, I just feel like we got beat,” Yost said.
Kansas City took a 2-0 lead through three innings against Toronto ace Ricky Romero but couldn’t manage another hit with runners in scoring position the rest of the way.
“When you jump out in front like we did, you want to win that game,” Royals designated hitter Billy Butler said.
Still, against the red-hot Romero, any offense was welcomed. The lefty came in with a 5-0 record and 0.89 ERA since July 27, tied for the most wins in the majors while compiling the best ERA in that span.
“We put three runs up on one of the best lefties in the game,” Butler said. “You can’t really say we didn’t try to capitalize on his mistakes. That’s just how it is. Even when he’s off you’re only going to get three and when he’s on you’re going to get none.”
Romero gave up three runs and eight hits in six innings. That was as many earned runs as he had allowed in his previous three starts combined. He walked four and struck out three.
“They hit everything I left over the plate,” Romero said. “Those mistake pitches, they didn’t miss them.”
Jesse Litsch (5-3) pitched one scoreless inning of relief.