It was Buehrle’s 26th victory over the Royals.
The scoreless stretch now dates back to the fifth inning in Tuesday’s game in Chicago – a span of 24 innings – after a rain-delayed 3-0 loss to the Royals before 31,558 at Kauffman Stadium.
That’s when Paulo Orlando decided that he’d seen enough of this crap. Encarnacion homered to left on a 0-1 count, Bautista scored.
“It was a fastball in”, Orlando said. In that case you want to make the first baseman make a throw-theoretically he’s got the worst arm on the infield-but Lorenzo opted for standing still and letting himself be tagged out. “You’ve got to put it on the first plane making the decision and I think if it’s better for me as a person it’s better for the team as well”.
“It’s unbelievable”, said Buehrle’s catcher, Russell Martin.
“I needed one more swing and miss on the Encarnacion pitch”, Young said. “It was a special moment. I waited for that”.
The Kansas City Royals have been surging the past week or so as they try to head in to the break with a full head of steam.
“I thought Chris threw the ball great, one pitch and it wasn’t really a terrible pitch”, Yost said.
Jose Reyes flew out and the Royals were one out away, but Devon Travis singled and Carrera-who had advanced to second on a throw home-scored and the Blue Jays had come all the way back to take an 8-7 lead.
Then Danny Valencia doubled and two more runs were in; suddenly it was 7-5 and the tying run was at the plate. It was only the second run Royals reliever Wade Davis (5-1) had allowed this season. “It was a weird game”. The latter of the two errors ruined a gift-wrapped double play ball that would have gotten Madson out of the inning with a 7-3 lead. Jose Reyes in particular took advantage of the lumbering tree and Drew Butera battery, going 3-for-4 on the day with a double, a walk, and three stolen bases.
The game continued on its twisting path over the final three innings, but the runs didn’t come in bunches, and a defensive play by Perez may have been the biggest moment.
Greg Holland worked the ninth, logging his 20th save in 22 opportunities.
Kendrys Morales went 1-for-4 with a three-run home run in Sunday’s 11-10 win over the Blue Jays.
He’ll be replaced on the American League team by Minnesota Twins’ second baseman Brian Dozier.
Dallas Keuchel (11-4), who was bidding to become the AL’s first 12-game winner, allowed three runs and seven hits in seven innings.
“It’s a long season and I know that a lot of times it’s going to feel like the changeup’s not there”, Estrada said. With the treatments hopefully it’ll be much better. Doctors believe he won’t have any lingering effects.