Tuesday, September 2, 2014
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Blue Jays crush Royals, 12-2

Toronto´s Juan Francisco hits the deck after being plunked by Kansas City´s Tim Collins in the seventh inning of the Blue Jays´ rout of th Royals.
Toronto's Juan Francisco hits the deck after being plunked by Kansas City's Tim Collins in the seventh inning of the Blue Jays' rout of th Royals.    Canadian Press
Toronto's booming offense made life easy for Marcus Stroman in his first major-league start.

Juan Francisco had three hits and four RBIs, Adam Lind went 3 for 5 with three RBIs, and the host Blue Jays used a 12-batter, seven-run first inning to rout the Kansas City Royals, 12-2, on Saturday.

The Blue Jays gave Stroman (2-0) all the support he would need in the first inning against Royals righthander Aaron Brooks (0-1), who was also making his first career start. Toronto set a team record when the first eight batters reached safely against Brooks.

Stroman said the Jays' potent lineup behind him was "like playing a video game with a cheat team . . . everyone is like a 100 level."

Cardinals 2, Giants 0 - Michael Wacha worked six innings of three-hit ball in his fifth rain-delayed start of the season and Oscar Taveras homered in his second career at-bat for St. Louis in a victory over visiting San Francisco.

Yusmeiro Petit (3-3) gave up two hits in six innings for the Giants, but one of them was Taveras' 418-foot drive in the fifth. Petit subbed for injured Matt Cain, placed on the 15-day disabled list with a hamstring injury, for the second straight start.

Yankees 3, Twins 1 - Masahiro Tanaka shut down the Minnesota hitters, allowing only an unearned run in eight innings while lowering his AL-leading ERA to 2.06, and Brian McCann lined a go-ahead double in the eighth inning to send New York to a home win over the Twins.

Nationals 10, Rangers 2 - Anthony Rendon went 4 for 5 with a home run and Adam LaRoche, Jose Lobaton, and Scott Hairston also homered as host Washington pounded Texas.

Braves 9, Marlins 1 - Jason Heyward and Freddie Freeman each drove in a pair of runs to help lead visiting Atlanta over Miami. Ervin Santana (5-2) won for the first time since May 10.

Associated Press
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