TORONTO (AP) -- The Kansas City Royals uncharacteristically
recovered after one of their worst innings of the season.
Andres Blanco hit a go-ahead single in the eighth inning, and
the Royals rebounded after allowing six unearned runs in the
seventh to beat the Toronto Blue Jays 7-6 on Saturday.
Down 5-0, Toronto scored six times after Kansas City committed
two errors on what should have been double-play grounders. Blanco,
the second baseman, bobbled a ball for the first one and shortstop
Angel Berroa failed to backhand a grounder for the second error.
Besides a run on Berroa's error, the Royals scored on Guillermo
Quiroz's RBI single, Reed Johnson's run-scoring walk and Frank
Catalanotto's three-run double.
"When we do things like that we don't usually come back,"
Kansas City manager Buddy Bell said. "So it was nice to come back,
especially in that next inning."
Mark Teahan and John Buck led off the eighth with consecutive
singles off Pete Walker (6-6) before Justin Huber tied it with a
sacrifice fly off Jason Frasor. Blanco gave Kansas City the lead
with his single off Frasor.
"I was just thinking I needed the chance to do something after
making that mistake," Blanco said.
Ambiorix Burgos (3-5) got the last two outs of the seventh for
the victory and Mike MacDougal pitched the ninth for his 21st save
in 24 chances.
The Royals (56-105) set a team record for losses on Friday
night. A loss Sunday would mean they would finish 50 games below
"In terms of our record, that's just something we have to live
with and move on," Bell said. "We can't dwell on it. Some of the
guys should feel good, some of them shouldn't feel so hot. If they
go home and look in the mirror and evaluate themselves the way they
should, we should be much better next year."
Saturday's loss means the Blue Jays (79-82) will finish below
"It looks a lot nicer. It's a nice number, but what are you
going to do?" Catalanotto said. "We're not going to be
disappointed. We're going to take a lot of the positive things out
of the season. It would have been nice to finish 81-81 though."
Matt Stairs hit an RBI single in the first and Terrence Long hit
a two-run homer off the right-field foul screen in the third.
Buck's RBI double and Blanco's run-scoring single gave Kansas
City a 5-0 lead in the sixth.
Toronto starter Dave Bush allowed four runs on four hits and two
walks in 6 1-3 innings.
The Royals have three 100-loss seasons in the last four
years. ... The Blue Jays have extended the contracts of their
coaching staff through the 2007 season.