Toronto Brett Lawrie drove in the tiebreaking run with a bases-loaded walk in the eighth inning, and the Toronto Blue Jays rallied to beat the Kansas City Royals 4-2 on Saturday.
Toronto batted around while scoring three unearned runs in the eighth against four relievers. Kansas City shortstop Alcides Escobar helped the Blue Jays with a key error.
Pinch hitter Munenori Kawasaki led off with a single against Kelvin Herrera (5-7), and went to second on a bloop hit by Jose Reyes. Will Smith came on to face Ryan Goins, who hit a potential double-play grounder that Escobar couldn’t handle, allowing Kawasaki to score from second.
Edwin Encarnacion walked to load the bases and Aaron Crow came on to face pinch hitter Mark DeRosa, who struck out on three pitches. Lawrie and Rajai Davis each followed with four-pitch walks, giving the Blue Jays a 4-2 lead.
Royals manager Ned Yost was ejected for arguing with plate umpire Will Little when he came out to replace Crow with Tim Collins. The inning ended when pinch hitter J.P. Arencibia flied out.
Yost, who was ejected for the first time this season, also argued with Little over a call at first base in Friday’s 3-2 loss.
The late rally made a winner of knuckleballer R.A. Dickey (11-12), who allowed two runs and seven hits in eight innings. Casey Janssen finished for his 26th save in 28 chances, with pinch runner Chris Getz thrown out trying to steal second for the final out.
The Royals, who entered play 6½ games behind Tampa Bay for the second AL wild-card berth, lost their second straight following a five-game winning streak.
Kansas City’s Eric Hosmer went 2 for 3 with a walk and an RBI in his 50th multihit game of the season. Among AL players, only Mike Trout and Adrian Beltre have more.
The Royals failed to capitalize on a strong start by right-hander Jeremy Guthrie, who allowed one run and eight hits in seven innings.
Goins hit a one-out single in the first but was thrown out by left fielder Alex Gordon trying to go from first to third on Encarnacion’s single to left. Adam Lind singled Encarnacion to third but Lawrie grounded out.
Kansas City opened the scoring against Dickey in the second. Salvador Perez drew a one-out walk, moved up on Jarrod Dyson’s single and scored on a base hit by Escobar.
The Royals made it 2-0 in the third when former Blue Jays infielder Emilio Bonifacio led off with a triple and scored on Eric Hosmer’s single through the left side.
The Blue Jays ran into another out on the bases in the third when Reyes was thrown by right fielder David Lough as he tried to stretch a single into a double. Escobar made a diving tag to retire Reyes for the second out.
Toronto broke through against Guthrie in the seventh when Rajai Davis hit a two-out double and scored on Josh Thole’s single. The inning ended when Thole was thrown out by Gordon trying to stretch his hit into a double.
Gordon’s two assists boosted his major league-leading total to 14. It’s the fifth time he’s had two assists in a game.