KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Quite a progression here Tuesday night for the Royals in a 13-1 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays at Kauffman Stadium. Wet. Miserable. Painful. Forgettable.
Oh, yeah, the Royals want to forget this one, anyway, prior to this afternoon's series finale. (Hey, they have Zack Greinke going and can still win the three-game series.)
As for Tuesday... hoo-boy... the 12-run losing margin was the Royals' worst of the season. The Blue Jays' biggest victory, before Tuesday, was by nine runs.
This was annihilation.
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One-time Royal Jose Bautista matched a career high with five RBIs while clubbing his major-league-leading 27th homer. Another ex, John Buck, contributed three doubles to a 16-hit attack that roughed up Anthony Lerew and four relievers.
Lerew was literally knocked out of the game in the second inning when struck in the right biceps and ribs by a liner off the bat of Edwin Encarnacion in the second inning.
It only got worse after Lerew left.
Kanekoa Texeira allowed two inherited runners to score and two of his own in three innings. Dusty Hughes gave up three runs in 2 2/3 innings. Blake Wood's recent slide continued when he permitted two runs in his only inning before Victor Marte surrendered two more in the ninth.
It was, if anything, worse than it reads and came blanketed in a steady rain punctuated by regular lightning strikes. The north side of Interstate 70, across from the ballpark, lost power.
No such luck for the Royals at the Truman Sports Complex.
(An aside: The crowd was announced as 18,865 and it appeared most attended — and many of those stayed to the end. That says something.)
Toronto starter Jesse Litsch, 1-4, gained his first victory since Sept. 18, 2008 by limiting the Royals to one run and eight hits in 5 2/3 innings. He made just two starts last season before undergoing Tommy John surgery to repair his elbow.
David Purcey squelched a two-out threat in the sixth before Casey Janssen, Jason Frasor and Brian Tallet closed out the victory.
The 12-run margin topped an 11-0 loss to the Angels on July 4 as the worst of the season. This one, at least, wasn't on national television.
Toronto collected 10 extra-base hits — eight doubles and two homers. Encarnacion joined Buck in a three-double night. It was the first time in Jays' history that two players had three or more doubles. Adam Lind had the other homer.
The Royals collected 11 hits, but 10 were singles. David DeJesus and Yuniesky Betancourt each had two singles.
The Blue Jays built a quick lead when Bautista launched a two-run homer with one out in the first inning — a 426-foot bomb to left that followed a leadoff walk to Fred Lewis.
That was just the start. Encarnacion's liner knocked out Lerew in a two-run second inning. Texeira gave up two more in the third, which made it 6-0 before the Royals got their first hit against Litsch — a two-out bloop single to right by Betancourt in the third inning.
The Royals showed promise in the fourth, with the rain sheeting down, when Jason Kendall and DeJesus opened the inning with singles. That threat fizzled when Billy Butler grounded into his major-league-leading 22nd double play.
Litsch pitched around two more singles in the fifth in maintaining the six-run lead.
The Royals finally broke through in the sixth and prompted Litsch's exit. Singles by DeJesus, Butler and Alberto Callaspo broke the shutout and brought Purcey into the game with two outs and runners at first and third.
Purcey stopped the threat when Overbay made a nice snag on Mitch Maier's hard grounder to first.
Toronto scored the game's final seven runs. All were overkill.