April 11, 2007
TORONTO (AP) -- At least for now, the Toronto Blue Jays are keeping up in the AL East.
Troy Glaus homered and reached base four times, and Aaron Hill had three hits and three RBIs to lead the Blue Jays over the Kansas City Royals 7-4 Wednesday night.
Gustavo Chacin (1-0) allowed three runs and five hits in five-plus innings as the Blue Jays won for the fourth time in five games. B.J. Ryan pitched a perfect ninth for his third save in four chances.
Jorge De La Rosa (1-1) gave up five runs -- four earned-- and nine hits in 5 2-3 innings.
David DeJesus homered for Kansas City (3-6), back in the AL Central cellar, its usual home.
Glaus was 2-for-2 with two walks and three runs for Toronto (5-3), striking to overtake the New York Yankees and Boston in the AL East. Glaus left Saturday's game with a sore left heel and also sat out Sunday, and John McDonald replaced Glaus at third base to begin the eighth.
Alex Rios extended his hitting streak to eight games with a two-run double in the fourth that put Toronto ahead for good at 3-2. He's the only Blue Jay with a hit in every game this season. Glaus tried to score from first on the play but was thrown out on the relay from shortstop Tony Pena Jr.
Vernon Wells' RBI infield single made it 4-2 in the fifth, but Ryan Shealy's sacrifice fly pulled the Royals within a run in the sixth.
Glaus homered leading off the sixth, but Esteban German made it 5-4 in the seventh with an RBI single off Casey Janssen that ended a 14-inning scoreless streak by Toronto's bullpen. Hill hit a two-run double against Todd Wellemeyer in the bottom half.
The Blue Jays are 4-1 when facing left-handed starters.