Zobrist And Bautista Each Homer Twice, Royals Win 7-6 Over Blue Jays
Tanya Ray Fox 04:44 pm, August 01st, 2015
The best team in the American League may have gotten even better this week with the acquisition of former Oakland A's utility play Ben Zobrist, who hit two home runs at Rogers Centre and helped his new squad eek out a one-run win over the home team.
The reigning American League Champion Royals added Zobrist along with 2014 NL strikeout leader Johnny Cueto from the Reds as part of the push into the final third of the season. The Blue Jays were no slouches in the weeks leading up to the MLB trade deadline themselves. In their aggressive pursuit of the Yankees and Orioles in the competitive AL East they acquired ace David Price from the Tigers and slugging shortstop Troy Tulowitzki from the Rockies.
On Saturday though it was the Royals whose mid-season moves paid off the most. Zobrist homered off of starting pitcher Mark Buehrle in his first at bat of the game to put Kansas City up 1-0.
The score remained 1-0 until the bottom of the 4th when singles by Justin Smoak and Dioner Navarro off of Royals' starter Yordano Ventura sent home each of their runners on third to put the Blue Jays up 2-1. In the very next inning Josh Donaldson hit a two-run homer and Jose Bautista immediately followed up with a single home run of his own to extend their lead 5-1.
At the top of the 6th inning with the bases load, Eric Hosmer hit a single that sent Zobrist and Alcides Escobar home and Lorenzo Cain to third. On the next at bat, Kendrys Morales would single to right to send in Cain and narrow the Blue Jays lead to just one run.
That score remained 5-4 until the top of the 8th when Zobrist hit the tying run on another homer, this time to right field. Hosmer earned his third RBI of the game when he singled to send Cain, and a Salvador Perez sac fly would get Hosmer home before the end of the inning to put the Royals up 7-5 heading into the bottom of the 8th. That's when Bautista scored the final run for his team on his second home run of the game to make the final score 7-6, making it the first time since Aug. 24, 2013 that Wade Davis gave up a home run.
At the end of the game Zobrist was given his first Royals Gatorade bath by teammate and master of Royals ceremonies, Perez.