After rain delayed the start of Tuesday night’s game by 31 minutes, the Royals lost to the Blue Jays 6-5 at Kauffman Stadium.
Reliever Blaine Boyer, making his first appearance since missing 61 games because of a lower back strain, hung a curveball to Jays outfielder Kevin Pillar with two outs in the eighth inning. Pillar pulverized the pitch and sent it over the left-field fence for a two-run homer.
Jorge Bonifacio had delivered go-ahead hit for the Royals minutes earlier, doubling off Jays reliever Jake Petricka to drive home Salvador Perez in the seventh inning and give Kansas City a 5-4 advantage. But it did not hold.
The teams traded jabs early. The Jays jumped to a 3-0 lead against Royals rookie starter Heath Fillmyer, who allowed four earned runs on five hits and five walks in five innings.
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But the Royals, sparked by shortstop Adalberto Mondesi’s broken-bat double, mounted a three-run rally to tie the game with one out in the third inning. When the Jays took back a one-run lead in the top of the fourth, Mondesi hit a two-out single up the middle that scored Alcides Escobar and tied the game 4-4.
The Royals, who fell to 36-83, saw Mondesi put together a career night. He swiped three bags, including third base twice, and knocked three hits for the first time as a major-leaguer. He finished 4 for 4 with one RBI and one run scored.