The Kansas City Royals even their series with Toronto, downing the Blue Jays 4-1 Saturday night at Kauffman Stadium.
Toronto broke a scoreless tie in the 5th inning when Gregg Zaun belted his 6th home run of the year, a 401 foot shot to right center field to give the Jays a 1-0 lead.
The Royals tied it up in the bottom of the inning. Ross Gload led off with a triple and was driven home by Joey Gathright’s single. Gathright stole second and moved to third when Tony Pena struck out, but Zaunn, the catcher, was charged with a passed ball when the third strike got by him and rolled to the backstop. Gathright scored on a David DeJesus sacrifice fly to right to put the Royals on top 2-1.
Kansas City put two more runs on the board in the 6th. Billy Butler walked and came home on Alex Gordon’s 9th home run of the year, a shot to right center field. Those runs rounded out the scoring as the Royals held on to win by three runs.
K.C. starter Leo Nunez (2-0) notched the win, pitching 6 innings, allowing only 1 earned run on 2 hits. Joakim Soria pitched 1 1/3 scoreless innings to earn his 13th save. Toronto starter Dustin McGowan (8-6) took the loss.
The Royals (51-64) and Blue Jays (58-57) play the third of their four game series Sunday evening at the K. Brian Bannister (8-6) takes the mound for Kansas City against Toronto’s A.J. Burnett (5-6).