Blue Jays avoid sweep by Royals

Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Mark Buehrle throws against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman...

Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Mark Buehrle throws against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, May 1, 2014. (JOHN RIEGER/USA Today)

Ken Fidlin, Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 11:13 PM ET

KANSAS CITY - The Toronto Blue Jays salvaged a win from this three-game series against the Kansas City Royals, relying on the tried-and-true combination of Mark Buehrle and Dr. Long Ball.

Rebounding after his worst start of the year last Friday, Buehrle cruised through 6 2/3 innings Thursday, allowed seven hits and three runs, just two earned, on his way to his fifth win of the year, a 7-3 decision.

Juan Francisco’s two-run homer and Colby Rasmus’ solo shot provided the go-ahead power for Toronto before the Jays added three insurance runs in the eighth inning.

Toronto came into this one having lost the first two games against the Royals and six of their last seven. As badly as they have played recently, the Jays still remain in the thick of things in the early going in the American League East. At two games under .500, they sit just 2.5 games behind the division-leading New York Yankees as they head into their first interleague games this weekend in Pittsburgh.


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