Blue Jays 5, Royals 4

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TORONTO (AP)—Maybe hockey-mad Toronto will pay attention to baseball’s worst home team now.

Playing across town at the same time the Maple Leafs were being eliminated from the NHL playoffs, the Blue Jays won at home for just the second time this season, beating the Kansas City Royals 5-4 Tuesday night behind a shaky Pat Hentgen and a strong bullpen.

Hentgen (1-2) nearly squandered a 5-0 lead, allowing four runs and six hits in five innings.

Micheal Nakamura followed with three perfect innings, and Jason Frasor finished with a one-hit ninth for his first major league save.

“One mistake and the game is tied and everybody hates you,” Frasor said. “I’m glad to have that save.”

Toronto is just 2-9 at SkyDome, the poorest home record in the big leagues. Kansas City’s 2-11 road mark also is a major league low.

“The season is not made in April. We’re not panicking yet,” Kansas City’s Desi Relaford said. “We’re going to put it together. One of these days our hitters and pitchers will click at the same time.”

Despite tickets costing just $2 Canadian, attendance was 20,011. Many fans could be heard yelling “Go, Leafs, Go!” as the Maple Leafs rallied from a 2-0 deficit to tie before losing in overtime.

Darrell May (0-4), who missed his previous scheduled start because of a strained left groin, allowed five runs and seven hits in seven innings. He has lost five straight decisions.

“He left some pitches up,” Kansas City manager Tony Pena said.

Toronto took a 4-0 lead in the second on Chris Gomez’s two-run single, Reed Johnson’s RBI double and Frank Catalanotto’s sacrifice fly. Johnson homered off May in the fourth.

“What didn’t go wrong in that inning?” May said. “I just made mistakes.”

Kansas City closed in the fifth on Relaford’s RBI double, Angel Berroa‘stwo-run double and Joe Randa’s run-scoring single.


Toronto acquired Canadian minor league INF Stubby Clapp from the Cleveland Indians for a player to be named. The Indians will also receive cash for Clapp, who was assigned to Double-A affiliate in New Hampshire. … Johnsonended a 0-for-11 slump with his double in the second and went 2-for-4.

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