Blue Jays cough up game to Royals with brutal mistakes

Kansas City Royals right fielder Nori Aoki scores a run against Toronto Blue Jays catcher Dioner...

Kansas City Royals right fielder Nori Aoki scores a run against Toronto Blue Jays catcher Dioner Navarro at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, April 29, 2014. (JON RIEGER/USA Today)

Ken Fidlin, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:38 AM ET

KANSAS CITY - Dustin McGowan probably bought himself some more time as a starter Tuesday night, stifling the Kansas City Royals on three hits over six-plus innings, but it was small consolation at the end of a night when the Toronto Blue Jays once again choked away a three-run lead.

The Royals sauteed the Toronto bullpen for six runs in the eighth inning on their way to a 10-7 victory that sent the Jays spinning to their fifth loss in six games. In four of those five games, including Tuesday, the Blue Jays led by three runs at some point in the game.

With a 5-2 lead after six innings, manager John Gibbons elected to send McGowan to the mound to start the seventh, with the right-hander having thrown only 86 pitches and allowing two hits along the way. A leadoff double brought Steve Delabar into the game and thus began Toronto’s road to ruin.

Royals scored two in that inning and six more in the eighth as Gibbons ran through the majority of his bullpen arms, none of whom were effective.

Pitching aside, the game was a litany of fundamental mistakes in all phases of the game.


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