TORONTO— Right-hander R.A. Dickey threw seven shutout innings and Chris Colabello smashed a two-run homer as the Blue Jays earned a 5-2 win over the Royals on Sunday to win three of the four games in the series at Rogers Centre.
Dickey gave up just two hits and struck out six.
Right-hander Edinson Volquez went six strong innings for the Royals, giving up just four hits and two runs while walking three and striking out four. It was just his second loss since June 5.
Blue Jays manager John Gibbons was ejected in the seventh inning after Royals reliever Ryan Madson hit Troy Tulowitzki and then buzzed Josh Donaldson inside. Both benches received warnings when Donaldson was hit in the first inning on a pitch from Volquez.
“There was a warning given out after [Volquez] hit me in the first at-bat,” Donaldson said. “Guys get hit all the time. You don’t see warnings thrown out all the time, but the reason [home-plate umpire Jim Wolf] did it is because he knew just as well as I did, he hit me on purpose. ... He could’ve thrown him out immediately right there, which I didn’t want him to do. I thought he was pretty good hittin’, so I don’t want him out of there.”
Matters escalated in the eighth inning when with two out, Blue Jays reliever Aaron Sanchez plunked Alcides Escobar. Sanchez was ejected and both benches emptied, though no punches were thrown.
Escobar saw it coming.
“I know for me, two out and nobody on base, they’re coming after me ... that’s the game,” Escobar said.
Royals manager Ned Yost said he was surprised by the Blue Jays’ reaction.
“Yeah, little bit,” he said. “None of [the inside pitches] were intentional on our part. It’s part of the game. [The Blue Jays] are as good an offensive team as you’re going to face. They have tremendous power, but they all dive to the inside of the plate which makes them susceptible to inside pitches.
“If you continue to throw away, away, away, you’re going to get hammered. You have to throw inside.”