The first game of the post Tony Pena era provided perhaps one of the more frustrating losses for the Royals this season. Kansas City blew three different leads on Wednesday to lose 12-9 to the Blue Jays.
David DeJesus got the Royals on the board in the first inning with an RBI double to score Angel Berroa. Later in the inning, Matt Stairs laced an RBI single to score DeJesus and Kansas City had a 2-0 lead. However, the good feelings lasted no more than a few minutes because Shea Hillenbrand blasted a three-run homer in the bottom of the first to give the Blue Jays a 3-2 lead.
The Royals didn’t take kindly to the quick loss of the lead and took it back in the top of the second inning when Berroa doubled in Mark Teahen and DeJesus singled in Berroa for a 4-3 advantage. But again, Toronto responded. In the third, Eric Hinske and Vernon Wells drove in runs to make it 5-4. In the fourth Corey Koskie had an RBI single and Hillenbrand drove a single to right to bring in Koskie to make it 7-4 Blue Jays.
A half inning later in the top of the fifth, Teahen hit a two-run single to get Kansas City to within a run. It stayed 7-6 until the seventh, when Matt Stairs lifted a two run homer to right field and Emil Brown followed up with a solo homer to give the Royals a 9-7 advantage. That was the final lead of the day for the Royals.
Reliever Ambiorix Burgos allowed the first five batters to reach base in the bottom of the eighth and eventually allowed five runs to give the Blue Jays the lead and eventual win.
The Royals finished off a 12-game road trip and went 3-9.