Josh Donaldson singled home Troy Tulowitzki in the 11th inning, and the new-look Blue Jays rallied to beat Kansas City 7-6 on Friday night and hand Johnny Cueto a no-decision in his Royals debut.
‘Tulowitzki played a key role in the win. He singled with one out in the 11th and advanced on a balk by Franklin Morales (3-1).
Donaldson followed with a single to left-center, giving Toronto its third straight win and sending the AL champion Royals to their third consecutive loss.
”He left me a pitch over the middle of the plate, what I was kind of waiting for the entire time,” Donaldson said. ”I didn’t miss it.”
Donaldson, mobbed at first base after his winning hit, went 3 for 4 with a walk and four RBIs. Liam Hendriks (3-0) pitched one inning for the win.
Cueto, obtained from Cincinnati last Sunday for three minor league pitchers, gave up three runs and seven hits in six innings. He struck out seven and walked two.
”I thought he threw the ball great,” manager Ned Yost said.
Outfielder Lorenzo Cain said Cueto was ”locked in.”
”He did a great job his first start here,” Cain said. ”Unfortunately we didn’t hold the lead there at the end.”
Kansas City took a 3-0 lead off Drew Hutchison in the first on Kendrys Morales’ RBI double and Ben Zobrist’s two-run single. Morales managed to evade Russell Martin’s tag at home plate, stepping over the fallen catcher.
Donaldson hit a two-run double in the third, and Toronto tied it in the fourth on Kevin Pillar’s RBI single.
Kansas City went ahead 5-3 in the fifth. Hutchison left after Cain’s leadoff single and Aaron Loup came on to face Eric Hosmer, who hit a slow grounder to third. Donaldson’s errant throw to first went down the right-field line, allowing Cain to score and advancing Hosmer to third. He scored on Morales’ sacrifice fly off Bo Schultz.