Toronto, ON, Canada (4E Sports) – The Toronto Blue Jays drew two bases-loaded walks in the eighth inning as they erased a two-run deficit en route to a 4-2 win over the Kansas City Royals Saturday at Rogers Centre.
With the bases loaded and the game tied at two, Aaron Crow walked Brett Lawrie and Rajai Davis in succession, allowing the Blue Jays (62-74) to clinch their second straight series victory.
The late rally gave R.A. Dickey (11-12) the victory. He tossed eight innings of two-run ball — allowing seven hits and two walks, while striking out six. Casey Janssen pitched a scoreless ninth for his 26th save of the season.
Royals starter Jeremy Guthrie was in line for his 14th victory after giving up just one run on eight hits with four strikeouts until the decisive eighth. Kelvin Herrera (5-7) absorbed the loss after giving up two singles in the eighth for the Royals (69-66).
Run-scoring singles by Alcides Escobar and Eric Hosmer, in the second and third inning respectively, put the Royals ahead, 2-0.
The Blue Jays started their rally in the seventh after Royals starter Jeremy Guthrie left following seven strong innings.
Josh Thole put the Jays on the board with a run-scoring single before pinch-hitter Munenori Kawasaki scored on a throwing error by Escobar to tie the game at two.
The Blue Jays go for a three-game sweep Sunday with J.A. Happ (3-4) on the mound against James Shields (9-8).