Toronto Toronto’s booming offense made life easy for Marcus Stroman in his first major-league start.
Juan Francisco had three hits and four RBIs, Adam Lind went 3 for 5 with three RBIs, and the Blue Jays used a seven-run first inning to rout the Kansas City Royals, 12-2, on Saturday.
Stroman said having Toronto’s potent lineup behind him was “like playing a video game with a cheat team.”
“Everyone is like a 100 level,” he said.
The AL East-leading Blue Jays snapped a two-game losing streak and finished May with a 21-9 record. Toronto has won 15 of its past 19.
Stroman (2-0) allowed one run and five hits in six innings. The right-hander walked none and struck out six.
“I thought he was terrific,” Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said. “He showed us something.”
Kansas City’s batters were impressed with Stroman, too.
“Power fastball, good slider,” Royals catcher Brett Hayes said. “He got ahead. He’s got good stuff, let’s be honest. That slider is pretty filthy.”
Gibbons said Stroman is certain to get another turn in Toronto’s rotation.
“We’d be crazy not to,” he said.
Todd Redmond worked the final three innings for his first save.
The Blue Jays gave Stroman all the support he would need with a 12-batter first inning against Royals right-hander Aaron Brooks, who was also making his first career start. Toronto set a team record when the first eight batters reached safely against Brooks. The Blue Jays had seven straight reach safely to begin a win over Baltimore on Sept. 15, 2007.
Jose Reyes led off with a walk, Melky Cabrera was hit by a pitch, Jose Bautista hit an RBI double, Edwin Encarnacion walked to load the bases and Adam Lind hit an RBI single before Brett Lawrie brought home another run when he was hit by a pitch. Juan Francisco hit a two-run double and Dioner Navarro walked before Brooks finally retired a batter, getting Anthony Gose to ground into a 1-2-3 double play.