KANSAS CITY, Mo. —Eric Hosmer hit a game-ending single in the 11th inning Monday night, helping the Kansas City Royals beat the Toronto Blue Jays 3-2 to snap a four-game losing streak.
Hosmer had a hand in all three of Kansas City's runs with two RBIs and scored a run.
Chris Getz led off the Royals 11th with a bunt single off Frank Francisco (1-3) and stopped at second on Brayan Pena's groundball single to left. Alcides Escobar moved the runners up with a sacrifice bunt. Alex Gordon was walked intentionally to load the bases with one out. After Melky Cabrera lined out to third, Hosmer delivered the game-winning hit.
Joakim Soria (4-3), who was removed from the closer's role May 30 after blowing three saves in a week, picked up the victory. He did not allow a hit in two innings
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Francisco, the seventh Toronto pitcher, gave up a run on three hits and a walk.
Felipe Paulino, who was making his second start for Royals and third appearance since being acquired May 26 from Colorado, held the Blue Jays hitless until Jayson Nix singled to leadoff the sixth.
The Jays got an unearned run in the fourth when Yunel Escobar reached first on Mike Aviles' throwing error to leadoff the inning. He advanced to second on a wild pitch, took third on a groundout and scored on Jose Bautista's grounder.
The Royals answered with an unearned run in the bottom of the fourth when Hosmer was safe at first on Escobar's throwing error to start the inning. He scored on Aviles' two-out triple, the first hit Brandon Morrow allowed.
Paulino exited in the seventh when he gave up a run on two hits and a groundout. Rivera and J.P. Arencibia led off the innings with singles. Aaron Hill's fielder's choice ground out scored Rivera.
In his three game with Kansas City, Paulino has a 0.00 ERA, allowing one unearned run on eight hits in 20 1-3 innings.
The Royals tied it in the bottom of the seventh when Mark Rzepczynski walked three, including Hosmer with the bases loaded. He threw only one strike in 13 pitches before being replaced by Octavio Dotel.
Morrow held the Royals to one unearned run and two hits over six innings, while striking out five and walking three.
Notes — RHP Vin Mazzaro, who was 0-0 with a 22.74 ERA in two May appearances, will be recalled today from Triple-A Omaha and start against the Blue Jays.