Royals Win First Road Game Over Blue Jays
The Royals scored in the first on a sacrifice fly by Mike Sweeney and again in the third with an RBI single by Mark Grudzielanek. The Blue Jays got a run back in the fifth with an Alex Rios run-scoring single. The one run was the only blemish on the record of Royals starter Zack Greinke, who struck out five in six innings for the win.
The Royals sealed the deal in the sixth with Alex Gordon's first Major League home run, a two-run shot off Blue Jays starter Josh Towers. Towers also surrendered an RBI triple by Tony Pena, who later scored on an single by David DeJesus. Towers lasted five and two-thirds innings, giving up all six runs, three of them earned, and striking out six.
The Blue Jays tried to come back with a two-run home run by catcher Gregg Zaun in the seventh, but fell short as Joakim Soria pitched two shutout innings for his first Major League save.
The Royals and Blue Jays play the rubber match of the series Wednesday night, with Jorge De La Rosa of Kansas City facing Gustavo Chacin.