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TORONTO -- Kansas City Royals right-handed reliever Aaron Crow walked in two runs in a three-run eighth inning as the Toronto Blue Jays came back to defeat the Royals 4-2 on Saturday.

Crow walked Brett Lawrie and Rajai Davis with the bases loaded to force in the go-ahead runs and earn Royals manager Ned Yost an ejection for arguing the calls.

All three Toronto runs in the eighth were unearned.

The Blue Jays (62-74) have won three games in a row, including the first two games of the three-game series with Kansas City.

Blue Jays right-hander R.A. Dickey (11-12) allowed seven hits and two runs over eight innings to earn his second win in a row. The knuckleball pitcher allowed two walks and had six strikeouts.

Royals right-hander Jeremy Guthrie allowed eight hits but only one run as he was helped by three outfield assists. He did not give up a walk and struck out four.

Right-hander Kelvin Herrera (5-7) took over from Guthrie in the eighth and allowed a leadoff single to pinch-hitter Munenori Kawasaki.

Jose Reyes looped a single to center with one out to move Kawasaki to second and bring in left-hander Will Smith. Kawasaki came around to score the tying run on an error by shortstop Alcides Escobar on a grounder by Ryan Goins with Reyes moving to second.

Edwin Encarnacion walked to load the bases. Crow came in to strike out pinch-hitter Mark DeRosa. But he walked Lawrie and Davis to push in two runs.

Casey Janssen pitched the ninth for his 26th save. He hit David Lough with a pitch to lead off the inning and gave up a single to pinch-hitter George Kottaras with one out to put runners at the corners. But then he struck out Alex Gordon, and pinch-runner Chris Getz was caught stealing to end the game.

The Royals took a 1-0 lead in the second inning on a one-out walk by Salvador Perez and two-out singles by Jarrod Dyson and Escobar.

They took a 2-0 lead in the third on a triple to right-center by former Blue Jay Emilio Bonifacio and a single to left by Eric Hosmer.

The Blue Jays scored a run in the seventh on a two-out double to left-center by Davis, who scored on a single to left by Josh Thole, who was out trying for a double.

The Blue Jays were also thrown out on the bases twice in the first three innings. Goins was out trying to go first to third on a single to left by Encarnacion in the first, and Reyes was out trying for a double on a hit to right in the third.

NOTES: A single in the first inning gave Goins a hit in each of his first eight major-league games. It equals the longest hitting streak to open a major-league career by a Blue Jays rookie, set by RF Jesse Barfield in 1981. ... Hosmer's first hit of the game, single in the first, extended his hit streak to four games. ... Encarnacion's second hit of the game, a single in the fourth, was No. 1,000 in his career. ... Gordon singled in the seventh and has a seven-game hitting streak. He also had two outfield assists equaling his career high, done four previous times. ... RHP James Shields (9-8, 3.14 ERA) will start the series finale on Sunday against LHP J.A. Happ (3-4, 5.46 ERA). ... Attendance at Rogers Centre was 34,315.
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