Toronto’s Carlos Villanueva pitched six shutout innings, Yunel Escobar drove in two runs and the Blue Jays beat the Royals 4-1 Wednesday night. Jeff Francoeur’s RBI triple in the seventh provided the only run of the game for the Royals, who have lost five of six.
Royals starter Luis Mendoza was unable to get his sinker down in the zone. As a result, three of Toronto’s four runs came on sacrifice flies. The Blue Jays scored in the second when Rajai Davis came in after a triple and Kelly Johnson’s sacrifice fly. In the third, Edwin Encarnacion led off with a single, Adam Lind doubled, and Escobar and Davis hit back-to-back sacrifice flies.