Triple Play, Bautista's Go-Ahead RBI Send Jays Past Royals

7 years 11 months 1 week ago Saturday, April 21 2012 Apr 21, 2012 Saturday, April 21, 2012 8:46:03 AM CDT April 21, 2012 in Baseball
By: Associated Press

KANSAS CITY (AP) -- The Toronto Blue Jays had not turned a triple play in 33 years, and the Kansas City Royals hadn't hit into one since that same season.

Both streaks ended Friday night before Jose Bautista singled home the go-ahead run in the eighth inning to lift Toronto over Kansas City 4-3, handing the slumping Royals their eighth straight defeat.

Kansas City had runners on first and second in the third inning when Eric Hosmer lined out to first baseman Adam Lind, who stepped on the bag to double off Yuniesky Betancourt. Lind then fired to shortstop Yunel Escobar to retire Alex Gordon, who had strayed off second.

It was Toronto's first triple play since Sept. 21, 1979, against the New York Yankees. Al Cowens was the previous Royals batter to hit into a triple play on June 19, 1979, against Oakland.

"It's the first one I've ever seen in person," Blue Jays manager John Farrell said. "You don't try to make a pitch to get a triple play, but fortunately Hosmer squares the ball up. It looks like a sinking line drive, so you can see where the baserunners are going to extend their secondary leads. We caught a break there. It was a quick one for sure.

"In 11 pitches, we go from runners being on first and second to being out of the inning. It kept his pitch count a little more manageable."

Toronto starter Kyle Drabek left after walking six in 5 1/3 innings and throwing only 49 strikes in 100 pitches. He allowed two runs, one on a wild pitch, and gave up four hits, but the triple play allowed him to go deeper into the game.

"That's the first one I've ever seen," Drabek said. "It was real fun for me to see, especially having those two guys on. I had no idea when he caught it what was about to happen."

Lind snagged the ball just before it hit the ground.

"As soon as I caught it, I knew it was there, just touch first and throw to second," he said. "Both baserunners were way off the bag. There really wasn't much to think about. It was so fast and it was over. It goes from being in a jam until all of a sudden we're hitting. It's special, a pitcher's best friend. Let's hope it's not 33 more years."

For the Royals, it was just another way to lose.

"That's kind of the way things are going for us right now," Hosmer said. "It's been that way the last couple of weeks. It was a big situation, first and second. It was one tough break. It's the first in my lifetime. He threw a fastball in. I saw it good and put a good swing on it. It's obviously not the result we wanted."

The Royals took a 2-1 lead into the eighth when Greg Holland, the fourth Kansas City pitcher, threw only seven strikes in 22 pitches. He gave up three runs on three hits, two walks and a balk without retiring a batter.

Colby Rasmus led off the inning with a double. J.P. Arencibia, who was hitting .132, delivered an RBI single.

Holland (0-2) walked Escobar and Kelly Johnson on eight pitches to load the bases, and Bautista's sharp single to right scored pinch runner Rajai Davis. Edwin Encarnacion's sacrifice fly scored Johnson to make it 4-2.

The Royals' losing streak is their longest since dropping 10 straight from July 10-24, 2010.

Drabek's wild pitch with two outs in the fourth allowed Jeff Francoeur to score, putting Kansas City up 2-0. Mike Moustakas homered in the second for the first Kansas City run.

Luis Perez (2-0) replaced Drabek and worked 1 2/3 scoreless innings to pick up the victory. Sergio Santos got his second save in four tries, but allowed an RBI single to Betancourt.

Royals starter Luke Hochevar, working on six days' rest, allowed one run and two hits in five innings before being pulled after 84 pitches. Eric Thames scored in the fifth on Arencibia's single for the only run off Hochevar.

More News

Grid
List
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Former Kansas City Council woman Alissia Canady is running as a Democrat for Missouri lieutenant... More >>
1 hour ago Tuesday, March 31 2020 Mar 31, 2020 Tuesday, March 31, 2020 7:57:41 PM CDT March 31, 2020 in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — The Missouri Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled that a 2018 law banning public union workers... More >>
2 hours ago Tuesday, March 31 2020 Mar 31, 2020 Tuesday, March 31, 2020 7:09:59 PM CDT March 31, 2020 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Governor Mike Parson held his daily COVID-19 press conference Tuesday afternoon. At the press conference, he... More >>
5 hours ago Tuesday, March 31 2020 Mar 31, 2020 Tuesday, March 31, 2020 4:05:00 PM CDT March 31, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - A Columbia teen is leading the charge to make face shields for healthcare workers as the nation is... More >>
5 hours ago Tuesday, March 31 2020 Mar 31, 2020 Tuesday, March 31, 2020 4:01:00 PM CDT March 31, 2020 in News
If you are feeling anxious about COVID-19, you're not alone. A new survey from the American Psychiatric Association reveals more... More >>
5 hours ago Tuesday, March 31 2020 Mar 31, 2020 Tuesday, March 31, 2020 3:58:38 PM CDT March 31, 2020 in A Brighter Tomorrow
COLUMBIA — As state and commercial testing is more available for the Missourians, the number of confirmed cases is rising.... More >>
7 hours ago Tuesday, March 31 2020 Mar 31, 2020 Tuesday, March 31, 2020 2:00:00 PM CDT March 31, 2020 in News
JEFFERSON CITY- State lawmakers were originally scheduled to be back at the capitol Jefferson City this week after their spring... More >>
8 hours ago Tuesday, March 31 2020 Mar 31, 2020 Tuesday, March 31, 2020 12:57:00 PM CDT March 31, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - This is the first week Columbia Public Schools is delivering meals for students as school is held at... More >>
9 hours ago Tuesday, March 31 2020 Mar 31, 2020 Tuesday, March 31, 2020 12:50:00 PM CDT March 31, 2020 in News
DC —Senators Roy Blunt and Josh Hawley joined a bipartisan group of 121 members of Congress in sending a letter... More >>
9 hours ago Tuesday, March 31 2020 Mar 31, 2020 Tuesday, March 31, 2020 12:15:00 PM CDT March 31, 2020 in News
In this COVID-19 town hall, KOMU 8's Emily Spain talks with Andrew Zumwalt about the stock market's roller coaster ride... More >>
10 hours ago Tuesday, March 31 2020 Mar 31, 2020 Tuesday, March 31, 2020 11:34:00 AM CDT March 31, 2020 in Continuous News
COLUMBIA — The University of Missouri Police Department hasn't received any reports of scams related to COVID-19, yet. But in... More >>
10 hours ago Tuesday, March 31 2020 Mar 31, 2020 Tuesday, March 31, 2020 11:30:31 AM CDT March 31, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA — Lakota Coffee was broken into Monday night, according to a Facebook post by the company. "We... More >>
11 hours ago Tuesday, March 31 2020 Mar 31, 2020 Tuesday, March 31, 2020 10:39:00 AM CDT March 31, 2020 in News
As COVID-19 spreads, KOMU 8 will continue to update you about the impacts on the community. KOMU 8 News... More >>
12 hours ago Tuesday, March 31 2020 Mar 31, 2020 Tuesday, March 31, 2020 9:17:00 AM CDT March 31, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - On March 1, daily life in Columbia looked a lot different than it does today. People were... More >>
17 hours ago Tuesday, March 31 2020 Mar 31, 2020 Tuesday, March 31, 2020 4:00:00 AM CDT March 31, 2020 in News
TROY (AP) — An eastern Missouri sheriff's department has reached a $2 million settlement with a man who spent more... More >>
1 day ago Monday, March 30 2020 Mar 30, 2020 Monday, March 30, 2020 8:23:00 PM CDT March 30, 2020 in News
JEFFERSON CITY- Governor Parson said during his daily press briefing on Monday that it could be 60 to 90 days... More >>
1 day ago Monday, March 30 2020 Mar 30, 2020 Monday, March 30, 2020 7:05:00 PM CDT March 30, 2020 in Top Stories
COLUMBIA— MU students will have from May 18 to June 5 to decide whether to report their grades as letter... More >>
1 day ago Monday, March 30 2020 Mar 30, 2020 Monday, March 30, 2020 3:50:00 PM CDT March 30, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - Six restaurant owners gathered together to provide "scrappy meals" for those in need due to COVID-19 on Monday... More >>
1 day ago Monday, March 30 2020 Mar 30, 2020 Monday, March 30, 2020 3:35:00 PM CDT March 30, 2020 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 53°
10pm 54°
11pm 51°
12am 46°
1am 45°