Alcides Escobar hit a two-run double to lift the Royals over the Toronto Blue Jays, 4-2, giving the Royals their fourth win in five games. It was another example of someone different stepping up and delivering at the plate and right now Escobar is in a nice groove. In his last 14 games, he’s hit .340 (16-for-47) with seven extra-base hits.
Eric Hosmer drove in the other two runs for the Royals, whose bullpen blew a 2-0 lead for young starter Yordano Ventura before holding on to beat Toronto with a late rally for the second straight night.
Yordano Ventura got a no-decision, but pitched five shutout innings, giving up just two hits with two walks. He had to be lifted after getting to 92 pitches.
With their third straight win the Royals are two games above .500 and second in the American League Central, 1 1/2 games behind the Detroit Tigers who come to town Friday after the Royals and Blue Jays wrap up Thursday night.