Lind jolts Jays to win over Royals

Toronto Blue Jays Adam Lind hits a three-run home run against the Kansas City Royals during the...

Toronto Blue Jays Adam Lind hits a three-run home run against the Kansas City Royals during the fifth inning of their MLB American League baseball game in Toronto, July 3, 2012. (REUTERS)

BOB ELLIOTT, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:50 AM ET

TORONTO - Adam Lind is back.

He arrived from exile, otherwise known as triple-A Las Vegas, on June 25.

He homered twice in his fourth game back and hit a three-run homer Tuesday night giving the Jays a 6-3 win over the Kansas City Royals before 15,516 fans at the Rogers Centre.

And Wednesday night Lind will be promoted from the No. 8 spot in the batting order.

“I’m simply happy to be here,” said Lind, the clean-up hitter on opening day in Cleveland. “Hitting a home run in 110-degree weather in Tucson is not the same as hitting a home run in the big leagues.”

Lind was demoted for a 32-game stretch to find his stroke.

He almost had sun stroke.

“Day games in Vegas were the worst, it was a case of trying to survive for nine innings,” said Lind, who hit eight homers and knocked in 29 runs in the desert.

Lefty Brett Cecil pitched six solid innings, the bullpen took over and the Jays had a win over the same Royals who roughed up lefty Ricky Romero 24 hours before.

Jason Frasor, Darren Oliver and Casey Janssen each worked a scoreless inning, with Janssen picking up his 10th save.

HOF AUDIENCE

When Brett Lawrie wore the suspenders for four games in May after his helmet toss at plate umpire Bill Miller he spent time watching games with Hall of Famer Robbie Alomar in a skybox.

“I like Lawrie a lot,” Alomar said. “You know why? I asked him if he liked playing third. He said yes right away, said he feels like he’s more into the game. I asked him if he could lead-off? He said yes right away. He’s fast, he takes pitches. I like the lineup with him on top because it means more fastballs for Jose Bautista.”

Before his suspension Lawrie was hitting fifth and Kelly Johnson was leading off. After he returned Lawrie hit seventh while Johnson led off.

“It wasn’t like I was asking for advice or picking his brain,” said Lawrie. “We were two ball players talking about the game.”

LITTLE HITS, BIG HITS

As innings go it was not the worst ever pitched. Royals’ Vin Mazzaro allowed a ground ball single to Lawrie leading off the fourth. Colby Rasmus bunted for a hit. Edwin Encarancion knocked in Lawrie with an infield hit and with two outs Yunel Escobar reached with another infield hit to short ... Up stepped Rajai Davis. Is this where the rally -- a grounder to centre and three infield hits -- dies? Davis lined a 1-0 pitch to right bringing home a pair to tie the score 3-3. “I thought he’d go soft, but he threw a fastball away, I wasn’t late,” said Davis ... Then Lind hit a 1-1 pitch off the facing of the second deck for a three-run homer ... The Jays scored six times on their eight hits -- Jeff Mathis and Lawrie singled after the Lind homer -- and that was that ... Seven zeros on the board, a large ‘X’ for the bottom of the ninth and a larger ‘6’’ in the fourth.

IN GAME

After the Jays put up six in the fourth, Cecil went out and pitched an eight-pitch, 1-2-3 fifth. Jason Bourgeois flew out to centre, Alex Gordon popped to short and Alcidies Escobar flied to right. “That’s what we needed,” said Lind. “Get back in the dugout quickly.” ... Bourgeois’ two-run triple in the third and a scoring fly ball had given the Royals a 3-0 lead after Cecil sat down the first eight KC hitters in order ... Lawrie scored his 51st run of the season in the fourth, second amongst major league third baseman. David Wright had 53 going into last night ... Two hits by Lawrie in the same inning were the first since Eric Thames on July 14, 2011 against the New York Yankees ... Janssen is 10-for-10 converting save chances ... Kelly Johnson also dropped a bunt for a base hit.

PLAYING CATCH ... PANHANDLE STYLE

Jose Bautista went to Chipola College in Marianna, Fla., Mathis’ hometown. So when Salvador Perez flied to right with Mike Moustakas on third, right fielder Bautista and catcher Mathis were set to play catch. Except Mathis had to use every millimetre of his vertical leap to get as high as physically possible to simply catch the throw, a poor man’s leaping Mike Trout ... Moustakas dove head first on the fair side of the third-base line avoiding the tag from Mathis. One problem. He missed the plate too ... “That’s all I got,” said Mathis. “I can’t dunk.” Mathis righted himself and beat Moustakas to the tag completing the double play.

 


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