Baseball

Buck propels Royals past Blue Jays

John Buck tripled twice and drove in five runs as the Kansas City Royals beat the Toronto Blue Jays 8-6 on Thursday afternoon.

The Kansas City Royals handed the Toronto Blue Jays their first series loss of the season on Thursday after posting an 8-6 win at Kauffman Stadium.

John Buck had two triples and five RBI's while the Royals defence stymied the Blue Jays with six double plays in the victory, tying a club record.

"That's a lot of double plays," Toronto's Vernon Wells said. "It was frustrating."

Toronto dropped three of four during their stay in Missouri, marking their first series loss of the season after winning a franchise record six straight.

The Blue Jays came into Kansas City with the lead in the AL East but now drop to a record of 15-8 while the Royals improve to 12-10.

In a little over two innings of work, Toronto's Brian Burres (0-2) lost his second start, allowing five hits and six runs, four of them earned, while striking out two.

Royals' catcher ties club record, personal best

Buck hit a two-run triple off the Blue Jays starter in the second inning, a sacrifice fly in the third and another two-run triple off Bryan Bullington in the fifth, becoming only the second Royals catcher to do so.

After a double in the eighth, Buck tied a career high with five runs batted in. Billy Butler followed up his performance the night before, where he hit two homers and drove in four, with two hits and scored twice in Thursday's win.

"Offensively, it feels good to pick up the pitching staff for a change," said Butler. "We feel good out there."

Kyle Davies (2-1) gave up three runs and seven hits in five and 2/3 innings of work for the win.

"I was able to get the double play. That's the story," Davies said. "But I felt like I threw the ball really good. The ball came out of my hand the best it probably has all year. The location wasn't the best."

The game began well for Toronto, as Marco Scutaro hit Davies' second pitch over the wall in centre to give Toronto a 1-0 lead in the first.

However after surrendering the lead, the closest Toronto would get was in the eighth when Adam Lind cracked a two-run drive off Kansas City's Jamey Wright to make it 8-6.

Juan Cruz notched his second career save by shutting down Toronto in the ninth.

Burres and Bullington were optioned to Triple-A Las Vegas after the game.

"I talk about how we win as a team," manager Cito Gaston said. "We lost as a team today. It's hard to win a game when you score six runs and hit into six double plays."

The Blue Jays will return home to host a three-game set against Baltimore starting on Friday with Roy Halladay expected to take the mound.

With files from The Canadian Press

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