Saunders leads Blue Jays to sweep with 4-2 win over Royals

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The next batter, Alcides Escobar ended the no-hit bid when he hit an RBI-Single making it 2-1, Toronto.

Jason Grilli notched the win thanks to his one inning of relief, while Justin Wilson was saddled with the loss and Alex Wilson was charged with the blown save.

Stroman carried a ideal game bid into the sixth, but was at risk of settling for a no-decision when Brett Eibner's home run to left field with the bases empty in the eighth inning tied the game 2-2. "Get the lead and then have Osuna come in, he's been great for us".

Verlander has 115 strikeouts, fourth in the league, in 111 innings.

The home run pace will likely slow, but that's to be expected: Tulowitzki has generated a 35.0 percent HR/FB (home run to fly ball) ratio since June 18, compared to a career average of 15.4 percent. He loaded the bases in the third inning but escaped by striking out Justin Smoak.

Oliver Perez (2-2) allowed three runs in 1 1/3 innings.

PHILLIES 4, BRAVES 3: Freddy Galvis hit a two-run homer with two outs in the eighth to lift Philadelphia at home.

The Detroit Tigers finally got the monkey off their backs with a win over the Cleveland Indians and are looking to parlay that momentum into another victory when they visit the Toronto Blue Jays for the opener of a four-game series on Thursday. It had the potential winning run on base with two outs in the ninth, but Tyler Naquin was thrown out on a close play at first.

Yankees right-hander Ivan Nova (6-5) stopped a two-game losing streak.

"When teams don't hit a lot with runners in scoring position, it's not always the hitters that are struggling", said Gibbons. It was Saunders' seventh RBI in seven games. The over is 16-5-1 in the last 22 meetings.

It was not the fireworks show Toronto fans have been used to lately — the Jays came in having scored 40 runs in their previous four games — but it was another quality start from what to this point of the season has been tremendous collective outings from the starters.

Justin Verlander certainly wasn't at his sharpest, yielding a season-high four walks. The South Korean left-hander was reinstated earlier Thursday from the 60-day disabled list to make his first major league start since September 12, 2014. He had shoulder surgery in May 2015, causing him to miss all of last season.

After already blasting a homerun, Saunders drove in the go-ahead run in the eighth inning.

"He should be in the All-Star Game", Toronto starter Marcus Stroman said. Ryan Madson pitched a flawless ninth for his 17th save. He's three home runs shy of his career high, set with Seattle in 2012. That includes three straight over the Rangers.

Minnesota led for good after Eduardo Nunez and Joe Mauer started the game with consecutive hits off Chi Chi Gonzalez (0-2) and both scored.

Detroit went down in order to open up the game in the 1st, but Toronto notched two runs on two hits in the home half to take an early lead.

The homer was the 21st allowed by Kennedy this season, tied for second-most in the majors.

Saunders, in the midst of a team-leading campaign to be named to next week's all-star game, also carried a hot bat, smacking a double, a single, walked, and scored three times.

Pujols snapped a scoreless tie with a sixth-inning single off rookie Blake Snell (1-4).

Saunders hit his 16th of the season on a 3-1 pitch from Kennedy, putting the ball over the right-field wall for a 1-0 Toronto lead.

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