KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -
has a term for the type of triples he was knocking around Kauffman Stadium on Thursday.
''Well placed,'' the 230-pound catcher said with a big grin.
Buck tripled twice and drove in five runs, and the
Kansas City Royals
turned six double plays in an 8-6 victory over the
Toronto Blue Jays
The Royals took three of four from the
, who hit town on Monday leading the AL East with the best record in the majors. Toronto, for the first time in team history,
had started the year by winning six consecutive series of at least three games.
''Offensively, it feels good to pick up the pitching staff for a change,'' said Kansas City's
, who had six hits and five RBIs in the last two games of the series. ''We feel good out there.''
The Royals tied their club record by turning six double plays. The
tied a team mark with the six double plays and set a club record for a nine-inning game.
The Royals hadn't turned six double plays since 1972 but grounded into six themselves just last week in Cleveland.
''That's a lot of double plays,'' Toronto center fielder
said. ''It was frustrating.''
Buck hit a two-run triple off
(0-2) in the second inning, a sacrifice fly in the third and another two-run triple off
in the fifth. He also doubled in the eighth.
''I wasn't even thinking triple,'' he said of his final at-bat. ''I was just hoping I'd get to second and he didn't throw
Buck became the second Royals catcher to collect two triples in a game and tied a career high with five RBIs. He entered with
three career triples, never more than one in a single season.
(2-1) allowed three runs and seven hits in 5 2-3 innings for the Royals, who improved to 12-10 for their first winning April
''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.''
With star closer
nursing a sore shoulder for another couple of days,
worked the ninth for his second career save and first since Sept. 21, 2002.
''He was outstanding,'' manager Trey Hillman said. ''It's good to see. When (Soria) is not available, maybe he's our go-to
Burres lasted just two-plus innings for Toronto. He gave up six runs, four earned, and five hits.
Burres and Bullington were optioned to Triple-A Las Vegas after the game.
''I talk about how we win as a team,'' manager
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.''
hit Davies' second pitch over the wall in center to give Toronto a 1-0 lead in the first.
's two-run drive off
in the eighth cut Kansas City's lead to 8-6.
singled leading off the Royals third and went to second when first baseman
's grounder. After
's RBI single, Butler doubled in a run and Buck's sacrifice fly made it 6-2.
said they would fill the two empty roster spots later. ... Scutaro has two leadoff homers this year and four in his career.
... Bloomquist made an outstanding tumbling catch of
's sinking liner into left field in the second inning. ... Snider's 11 RBIs leads all AL rookies. ... The start of the game
was delayed 33 minutes by rain. ...
was the only Kansas City catcher to get two triples in a game. He did it on June 4, 1978, against the