The Blue Jays lost 5-1 to the Royals on Tuesday despite having staff ace and reigning AL Cy Young Award winner Roy Halladay on the mound. The defeat ended Toronto’s six-game win streak.
The Blue Jays outscored opponents 38-18 during their win streak, scoring at least five runs in all but one of their victories. They have scored three runs or fewer runs in 15 of their 19 losses this season.
Toronto went 7-15 in April, but is 7-4 thus far this month. Last season, they went 10-18 in April but rebounded to go 21-8 in May—the best month in team history.
Manager Carlos Tosca said that strong starting pitching and timely hitting has been the main factor in both of the strong May performances—but that it is too early to make too many comparisons.
“We’re still not even halfway through the month,” he said.
Mike Sweeney had a two-run double in the Royals’ three-run seventh inning Tuesday, and Juan Gonzalez delivered a tiebreaking single off Halladay in the sixth. Kansas City has won just three of its last 12 and has won consecutive games just once this season, when it took three straight from April 9-11.
“You look at our record, and it’s obvious that we haven’t put a lot of wins together,” first baseman Mike Sweeney said. “I’m not worried about winning two in a row. I’m worried about winning series after series and getting back into contention.”
The Royals will send Jeremy Affeldt to the mound Wednesday in search of his first victory of the season. The left-hander gave up four earned runs and 11 hits in 7 1-3 innings of the Royals’ 7-6 loss to the Boston Red Sox on Friday, but did not receive a decision.
“It’s very simple,” manager Tony Pena said. “It’s another game that ran away from our hands. We played well. Jeremy Affeldt threw the ball well.”
Affeldt has allowed at least four runs in four of his six starts this season.
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