Stroman solid in first start as Blue Jays crush Royals

Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Marcus Stroman throws against the Kansas City Royals at the...

Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Marcus Stroman throws against the Kansas City Royals at the Rogers Centre in Toronto, May 31, 2014. (DAN HAMILTON/USA Today)

Ken Fidlin, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 5:38 PM ET

TORONTO - After sustaining a pair of losses following a nine-game win streak, the Toronto Blue Jays rebounded in a big way Saturday, pounding the Kansas City Royals 12-2 to maintain their cushion at the top of the American League East.

In a confrontation of young pitchers, each making his first big-league start, Marcus Stroman and K.C.’s Aaron Brooks were polar opposites. Stroman, poised and focused, tossed six solid innings for the Jays, allowing only a run on five hits without issuing a walk.

Brooks, on the other hand, was overwhelmed both by the situation and the most potent offence in the American League right now. The Jays set a club record as the first eight men to face Brooks reached base in a seven-run first inning. Brooks faced 11 batters and got only two outs before being dismissed.

In the end, the Blue Jays put together a 14-hit attack but most of the damage was done before the crowd of 31,652 fans at the Rogers Centre had barely settled into their seats.

As has been the case for most of the month of May, contributions came from up and down the lineup as every starter except Anthony Gose had at least one base hit.


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