Rasmus hits two homers, Hutchinson wins Jays debut
KANSAS CITY, Mo.—Colby Rasmus hit two home runs to help make Drew Hutchison a winner in his major league debut and the Toronto Blue Jays handed the Kansas City Royals their ninth straight loss, 9-5 Saturday night.
Edwin Encarnacion also homered and drove in three runs for the Blue Jays.
Hutchison (1-0), who had never pitched above Double-A before Saturday, left after 99 pitches and 5 1-3 innings, allowing five runs and eight hits, including two homers. Hutchison became the eighth youngest starting pitcher in Blue Jays history at 21 years, 243 days.
The Royals losing skid is their longest since losing 10 in a row July 10-24, 2009.
Rasmus hit a two-run homer off Everett Teaford (0-1) in the sixth to put the Blue Jays ahead to stay, 6-5. He and Encarnacion homered off rookie reliever Kelvin Herrera in the three-run seventh. It was Rasmus' third career multihomer game.
Left-hander Darren Oliver, who at 41 is nearly twice the age of Hutchison, entered in the sixth after Alcides Escobar's single advanced Mike Moustakas to third. Oliver struck out Mitch Maier and retired Yuniesky Betancourt on a fly to preserve the lead. Escobar stroked four hits, matching his career high.
Royals starter Luis Mendoza faced 19 batters and 11 reached base -- 10 hits and a walk -- before being pulled with one out in the fourth. The Blue Jays batted around in a four-run fourth that Adam Lind started with a double. Five consecutive one-out singles by Encarnacion, Brett Lawrie, Rasmus, J.P. Arencibia and Yunel Escobar knocked Mendoza out of the game, giving the Blue Jays a 4-1 advantage. In three starts, Mendoza has allowed 24 hits, walked nine and struck out four in 13 innings.
Teaford, who had not pitched since April 13, replaced Mendoza and walked Kelly Johnson to load the bases before getting Jose Bautista to line out into an inning-ending double play.
Alex Gordon homered in the first for the Royals. Eric Hosmer, who hit into a triple play Friday, hit a two-run homer off Hutchison in the four-run fifth to give the Royals a short-lived 5-4 lead. Maier had an RBI triple and scored on Betancourt's single before Hosmer's homer.
NOTES: Betancourt started a game as the leadoff hitter for the first time in his big league career, spanning 972 games. Manager Ned Yost moved DH Billy Butler from cleanup, where he had batted the first 13 games, to the third slot. "We tried to make some minor adjustments, shake things up a little bit," Yost said. "It's a different look to see if we can't get some offense going. Every once in a while it's good to make an adjustment especially when you're struggling a little bit offensively." . Blue Jays LHP Luis Perez has not allowed a run in 10 innings this season and left-handed hitters are 0 for 17 off him. "He has a lot of confidence to bring everything," Blue Jays manager John Farrell said. "He's using his secondary pitches as well as his fastball." .Willie Aikens, a Royals minor league coach who was the first baseman on their 1980 American League championship club, threw out the ceremonial first pitch. Aikens' biography, "Safe At Home," was published this month and details his life of drug abuse. He was sentenced to the longest prison sentence ever given to a professional athlete in a drug case. .The Royals placed RHP Greg Holland on the 15-day disabled list with a left rib stress reaction. They recalled RHP Jeremy Jeffress from Triple-A Omaha.