KANSAS CITY— Paulo Orlando snapped a tie with a clutch homer in the eighth inning off reliever Bo Schultz to lift the Royals to an 11-10 victory over the Blue Jays on Sunday in the rubber game at Kauffman Stadium.
In a wild game that had seven errors, the Royals had the final push. Greg Holland came on to close it in the ninth as the closer fanned Russell Martin and catcher Salvador Perez, who was huge on defense in this one, cut down Ryan Goins trying to steal second for a game-ending double play.
The Blue Jays had trailed, 7-0, before rallying for eight in the sixth. The Royals went back up 10-8, but Toronto eventually tied it on Jose Reyes’ RBI single off Wade Davis in the eighth. It was only the second earned run off Davis all year and came after Kevin Pillar’s leadoff triple. With the lead run at first and one out, Jose Bautista was ejected while at the plate with a 1-2 count and Toronto was unable to recapture the lead. That set the stage for Orlando’s dramatic blow leading off the eighth.
“The heat baked the infield,” Royals manager Ned Yost said. “Both teams were really struggling with it.
“It was just one of those days where nothing was going to come easy.”
Blue Jays manager John Gibbons lamented that his team couldn’t get a shutdown inning immediately after scoring eight times in the sixth. The Royals came right back with three as the first two batters singled off Steve Delabar and Reyes later committed a two-run error.
“The key is, you take the lead there and you’ve got to get some outs. You’ve got to have some shutdown innings,” Gibbons said. “The first two guys get on and that’s what absolutely kills you.”
In his second start, Blue Jays left-hander Felix Doubront surrendered six runs in the first inning, four of them earned. He wound up going four more innings and allowed just one run over that span.
“He didn’t have his best command, but they were also finding holes,” catcher Russell Martin said. “We weren’t able to get outs on some weakly hit balls.”
Royals starter Edinson Volquez worked 5 1/3 innings, allowing five hits and four runs, but only one run was earned.