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KANSAS CITY http://www.royalsfanproshop.com/authentic-ryan-goins-jersey , Mo. (AP) — grand slam.Granderson ran his career grand slam total into the double digits, Marco Estrada pitched effectively into the seventh inning and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Kansas City Royals 6-5 on Wednesday night.Jorge Lopez (0-2), who was making his Royals debut after being acquired July 27 from Milwaukee as part of the Mike Moustakas trade, threw a 2-0 fastball that Granderson drove over the Royals’ right-field bullpen gate with two outs in the fourth inning.Granderson’s 10th career grand slam was his second this year, both against the Royals. The first was April 18 in Toronto. He has 19 home runs and 50 RBIs in 106 games against Kansas City.“You never envision that they’re going to happen, because everything has to line itself up for it,” Granderson said. “Actually, finding out today that it was 10 of them. Sure enough, it was the 10th one, but any time you can do that and score that many runs with one swing is cool.”Royals pitchers have yielded a major league-leading 10 grand slams.A report surfaced Tuesday that Granderson had cleared waivers, making it possible for the Blue Jays to trade the veteran, who still has pop in his bat at age 37.“It’s interesting,” Granderson said. “What that means? Not too much, except that there are possibilities, at the same time all outside my control.”Kevin Pillar singled home Teoscar Hernandez with the first run of the fourth and contributed an RBI single in the second for the Blue Jays, who have won three of four.Lopez was removed after 4 2/3 innings, allowing six runs on eight hits, two walks and a hit batter.“I’m a little disappointed with the outing Alex Gordon Jersey , but it was just one pitch took away the outing,” Lopez said. “When you miss like that with the good hitters, it’s always trouble.”Estrada (6-9) gave up four runs on six hits, two of them homers by Salvador Perez, over 6 2/3 innings to pick up his first career victory at Kauffman Stadium.“I located pitches,” Estrada said. “Even the pitch to Salvy, the second home run, I threw it exactly where I wanted. Just one of those where you make the pitch and kind of look back and, how did he hit that? But he’s a good hitter.”Perez connected in the first with Whit Merrifield aboard and led off the fourth with his 21st home run. Perez has hit at least 20 homers in four consecutive seasons, joining .John Mayberry, Steve Balboni, Bo Jackson and Mike Sweeney among the Royals to accomplish that feat.“It means a lot to me,” Perez said. “Twenty homers is a lot of help for the team.”Brett Phillips tripled in the seventh and scored on Alcides Escobar’s two-out single for the other run off Estrada.Ken Giles allowed a pinch-hit homer to Ryan O’Hearn but still earned his 15th save in as many chances and his third with the Blue Jays.The Royals lost for the 11th time in 13 games and are 1-5 against the Jays this season.Rain delayed the start of the game by 15 minutes.HE’S THAT FASTAdalberto Mondesi stole three bases, including one when he was picked off first base, on Tuesday. Royals manager Ned Yost compared Mondesi’s acceleration to former Kansas City speedsters Jarrod Dyson and Terrance Gore. “It’s up there,” Yost said. “It’s very easy, quick, hard speed. It’s just, boom, he’s gone. It’s like the Road Runner. You expect a little pillow of dust following him. He’s that fast.”ROSTER MOVESBlue Jays: LHP Tim Mayza was recalled from Triple-A Buffalo. LHP Thomas Pannone was optioned to the Bisons.Royals: RHP Blaine Boyer http://www.royalsfanproshop.com/authentic-ryan-goins-jersey , who yielded a two-run eighth inning homer on Tuesday in a 6-5 loss to Toronto, was released. Boyer had a 12.05 ERA in 21 relief appearances. … The Royals sent Gore to the Cubs for cash considerations. In parts of four seasons with Kansas City, Gore was primarily used as a pinch runner, stealing 21 of 25 bases and scoring 24 runs, but went 0-for-11 in 49 games.TRAINER’S ROOMBlue Jays: RHP Aaron Sanchez (bruised right index finger) made a rehab start for Class-A Dunedin in the Class A Florida State League, going 3 2/3 innings and allowing one run on two hits, while walking four and striking out three. He threw 35 strikes in 74 pitches.Royals: OF Brian Goodwin (left groin strain) will begin a rehab assignment Thursday with Triple-A Omaha.UP NEXTBlue Jays: RHP Sam Gaviglio (2-5, 4.86 ERA), who was with the Royals last September and traded to Toronto in spring training, will start the series finale.Royals: RHP Glenn Sparkman (0-1, 5.06) will make his first career start after eight relief appearances. PHOENIX — The Arizona Diamondbacks have been hard-pressed to recover from their last series in Dodger Stadium.The Colorado Rockies may still have time to recover from theirs.The Diamondbacks have lost 14 of 19 to fall six games behind Los Angeles in National League West and five games behind St. Louis for the second wild card spot with nine to play, the trouble starting when they lost three consecutive 3-2 games on the Dodgers’ final at-bat from Aug. 31-Sept. 2. Arizona opened that series in first place in the division and the Rockies were in second.Article continues below ...The Dodgers pulled the same shenanigans on Colorado earlier this week, sweeping a three-game series at Dodger Stadium helped by six homers, including game-deciders in the final two games, to jump over the Rockies and take a 2 1/2-game division lead. The Rockies are 1 1/2 games behind the Cardinals in the wild-card race.“Like I’ve said all along, I think this is going to come down to the end,” manager Bud Black told reporters after Yasiel Puig’s three-run, pinch-hit homer in the seventh inning of a 5-2 victory Wednesday.Rockies right-hander German Marquez (12-10, 3.96 ERA) is scheduled to face Arizona right-hander Zack Greinke (14-10, 3.20) in the first contest of a three-game series at Chase Field on Friday Mike Moustakas Jersey , the third time the two have opposed each other this season. Marquez enters with a streak of 10 straight quality starts.The Rockies took three of four from the Diamondbacks early last week and led the division by 1 1/2 games before losing five of six on their current road trip. Their troubles were compounded by the loss of shortstop Trevor Story, who suffered right elbow inflammation and was forced to leave the first game of the Dodgers’ series.Story became the first shortstop in major league history with 40 doubles, 30 homers and 25 stolen bases when he doubled against the Diamondbacks on Sept. 11. He was expected to participate in baseball activities at the Rockies’ spring training facility in Scottsdale, Ariz., on Thursday and could be available this weekend.Since beating the Diamondbacks 10-3 on Sept. 13, the Rockies have scored nine runs in six games. They were shut out twice in San Francisco and scored two runs in each loss in Los Angeles.“We’ve got to score more runs. We’ve got to get more hits,” Black told reporters in Los Angeles. “This is something we talk about every afternoon when we get to the ballpark. We’ve got to press on.”Arizona manager Torey Lovullo found an unorthodox way to spark his offense Wednesday, when the Diamondbacks used homers from reserves Christian Walker and Chris Owings, and Jeff Mathis‘ first of the season in a 9-0 victory over the Cubs.The victory, which broke a four-game losing streak, came with regulars and top hitters Paul Goldschmidt, David Peralta, A.J. Pollock and Eduardo Escobar on the bench.“You get the understudies in the ball game and they brought a certain energy to the start of the game,” Lovullo said.“Everybody has children here. You look in your kids’ eyes after they studied for a test and they come home, and they don’t do their job and you know that look. You can tell what’s on their mind. I’ve seen a few of those looks from our guys, and I just thought it was time to give them a rest.”Patrick Kivlehan, who made his first start of the season, tied a franchise game record with two triples.“We were just joking around, like the Reno Aces were going out there,” Kivlehan said Salvador Perez Jersey , referring to the Diamondbacks’ Triple-A affiliate.“We tried to keep it simple, not put too much pressure on ourselves. Just go out and have some fun. That would be awesome if it kind of got us going to make a little run here.”Lovullo said he plans to return to the regular lineup Friday.“Obviously it has been a struggle the past couple of weeks, and I feel like (in) the dugout things have been like forced a little bit,” Owings said. “A win like this might give some guys some clear heads going into Friday.”Greinke, who has a 3.20 ERA, will have the first of two possible chances to reach the 15-win plateau for the eighth time in his career Friday. He has won at least 15 games in six of the previous seven seasons, including the year he split between Milwaukee and the Angels in 2012. He won 13 in his first season in Arizona in 2016, when he was on the disabled list for six weeks with an oblique injury.Greinke is 2-5 with a 3.75 ERA in his last nine starts after a streak in which he won seven straight decisions. He has given up a career-high 28 homers, five in his last four starts.The Rockies are a familiar foe — he is 3-0 with a 2.77 ERA in four starts against them this season and is 12-5 with a 3.76 ERA in 29 career appearances (28 starts) Greinke has beaten them twice at Coors Field and once at home this season, when he gave only two hits and struck out a season-high 13 in a 6-1 victory at Chase Field on July 22. He is 6-3 at home this season after going 13-1 at home in 2017.Marquez is 4-2 with a 2.34 ERA during his streak of 10 straight quality starts, a run that began after he gave up eight hits and six runs (five earned) in a no-decision against the Diamondbacks on July 20, a game the Rockies won 11-10. He has faced Arizona five times already this season, going 2-1 with a 4.33 ERA.Marquez has 87 strikeouts and 14 walks during his streak, which covers 69 1/3 innings. He has had his only four double-digit strikeout games this season in the streak, with a season-high 13 against San Diego on Aug. 30. He struck out 11 Diamondbacks in a 13-2 victory at Coors Field on Sept. 10.

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