KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP)— The Blue Jays’ Jose Reyes drove in a pair of runs before getting carted off in the sixth inning with a sprained left ankle, and Toronto beat the Kansas City Royals 8-4 on Friday night.
Reyes was attempting to steal second when he started his slide late. The four-time All-Star’s left ankle twisted awkwardly beneath him as he slid over the bag, and trainers from both teams ran out to help as Reyes screamed in pain on the infield dirt.
He was carted off the field and taken to a hospital for an MRI. The results were not immediately known and it was uncertain how long Reyes will be out.
Toronto’s J.A. Happ (2-0), the only Blue Jays starter to win this season, gave up three runs on 41 pitches in the first inning.
Aaron Loup pitched the final three innings for his first career save.
Adam Lind and Emilio Bonifacio also drove in two runs each for the Blue Jays, who hammered the Royals’ Luis Mendoza (0-1) for eight runs—seven of them earned—in just 5 2-3 innings.
Lorenzo Cain drove in a pair of runs for Kansas City, which couldn’t overcome some shaky pitching and even shakier defense. The Royals committed three errors, matching their season total.
Toronto struck first for just the second time all season when J.P. Arencibia’s single to left and a double by Adam Lind down the right-field line gave the Blue Jays a 2-0 lead.
The Royals answered back with three in the bottom half.
Salvador Perez’s single to right drove in the first run. Happ loaded the bases moments later, earning a visit from Blue Jays pitching coach Pete Walker, and then watched Cain smack the first pitch he saw to center field to give Kansas City a 3-2 lead.
Bonifacio pulled the Blue Jays back ahead in the second when he doubled off the wall in right to drive in a run. The speedster headed for third on the throw to the plate, and then scored when Perez threw the ball down the left-field line — the catcher’s second error of the game.
Lind delivered a sacrifice fly in the third to extend the Blue Jays’ lead, and Alcides Escobar matched him with a double in the fifth to pull Kansas City back within 5-4.
Bonifacio’s two-out double in the sixth gave Toronto its two-run cushion back. Luke Hochevar came in to relieve Mendoza, and Reyes followed with a two-run single to make the score 8-4.
That’s when the star shortstop attempted to steal second.
The momentum of his late slide carried him over the base, and his ankle twisted backward as second base umpire Marvin Hudson signaled safe. Reyes screamed in pain, and then pulled the front of his blue jersey over his face as trainers from both teams ran out onto the infield.
Reyes remained down for several minutes, writhing in pain. He was eventually loaded into a cart and driven out through the bullpen in right field before the game could resume.
Notes: The Blue Jays will start RHP R.A. Dickey on Saturday against Royals RHP James Shields … Toronto designated RHP Edgar Gonzalez for assignment and sent him to Triple-A Buffalo when he cleared waivers. The move created roster space for OF Casper Wells who was claimed off waivers from Seattle on Wednesday. … Mendoza will skip his next start because of days off in the Royals’ upcoming schedule. Manager Ned Yost said he’ll spend a couple days in the bullpen.