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Burnett rebounds as Blue Jays pound Royals

Apr 10, 2007 - 5:32 AM TORONTO (Ticker) -- A.J. Burnett made up for a poor opening start.

Burnett carried a two-hit shutout into the seventh inning and the Toronto Blue Jays scored four runs in the second and third innings en route to a 9-1 victory over the Kansas City Royals.

Burnett, who signed a five-year, $55 million free agent contract after the 2005 season and missed the first two months of last season with an elbow injury, allowed six runs and walked four in just two innings against Detroit on Wednesday.

"It was a tough first start," Burnett said. "I'm going to bounce back. I'm not the type of guy that's going to sit and pout for five days. I got my work in and had to battle tonight, but I made pitches when I needed too and those guys came out swinging so that helped."

Although a bit wild again, Burnett turned it around against Kansas City. The righthander allowed three hits, walked three and hit two in 6 2/3 frames with five strikeouts. He struck out rookie Alex Gordon with the bases loaded to end the third inning and allowed just one ball out of the infield in the first six innings.

"He's (Burnett) got good stuff," added Gordon who has only one hit through the Royals' first seven games and is now batting just .045 on the season. "He was around the zone a lot and even when he wasn't he got out of it, overall he did a good job out there."

Burnett lost his shutout bid with one out in the seventh, when John Buck deposited a fastball deep into the left field stands for his second home run of the season. The Blue Jays opened the scoring with four runs in the second.

Reed Johnson singled to right field against Kansas City starter Odalis Perez to plate the first run and Lyle Overbay followed by grounding a ball down the right field line. A fan reached out and touched the ball, and the umpires ruled it a ground-rule double but allowed all three runs to score.

"It was big, especially off him (Perez)," Overbay said. "I think I got one hit against him. I knew he was going to throw the slider and he kind of missed his spot and that's what you've got to do, take advantage of the mistakes."

Kansas City manager Buddy Bell argued the call and was ejected by third base umpire Gerry Davis. That also ended the night for Perez, who was tagged for seven hits and four runs in 1 1/2 frames.

"The thing I was upset about was that Gerry (Davis) said the runner was on third base when the fan touched the ball and I didn't quite see it that way," said Bell.

"That (Blue Jays) is a great lineup," Perez said. "If you let the easy outs (get away) then you have to face the tough guys, it is hard."

Vernon Wells added his second homer of the season during a four-run third inning against Jason Standridge, and Aaron Hill had three hits and two RBI for Toronto

"It was good home-opener, a good first game back here," said Wells, who signed a seven-year, $126-million contract in the offseason.

Slow-footed Mike Sweeney had two infield singles for Kansas City, which has not won a series against Toronto in five years.








  • AL
    FINAL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    KANSAS CITY 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 4 2
    TORONTO 0 4 0 1 3 0 1 0 x 9 14 0 (FINAL)

    BATTERIES: KAN - ODALIS PEREZ, JASON STANDRIDGE (2ND), RYAN BRAUN (5TH), JIMMY
    GOBBLE (7TH), TODD WELLEMEYER (8TH) AND JOHN BUCK
    TOR - A.J. BURNETT, SCOTT DOWNS (7TH), JEREMY

    Apr 9 10:27 PM


  • AL
    AT TORONTO - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY AARON HILL SCORED ALEX RIOS.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, A HILL ON SECOND, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: KANSAS CITY 1
    TORONTO 9 BOTTOM, 7TH
    DUE UP FOR TORONTO: G ZAUN (.222, 1-FOR-3, RBI)

    Apr 9 9:57 PM


  • AL
    AT TORONTO - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY AARON HILL SCORED ALEX RIOS.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, A HILL ON SECOND, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: KANSAS CITY 1
    TORONTO 9 BOTTOM, 7TH
    DUE UP FOR TORONTO: G ZAUN (.222, 1-FOR-3, RBI)

    Royals vs. Blue JaysApr 9 9:57 PM


  • AL
    AT TORONTO - MID INNING UPDATE
    PLAY: J Gobble relieved R Braun.
    SITUATION: 0 RUNS IN, NONE ON, 0 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: KANSAS CITY 1
    TORONTO 8 BOTTOM, 7TH
    DUE UP FOR TORONTO: A Rios (.269, 1-FOR-3)

    Apr 9 9:55 PM


  • AL
    AT TORONTO - PITCHING CHANGE
    KAN: JIMMY GOBBLE (0-0, 0.00) STARTING THE 7TH
    CURRENT SCORE: KANSAS CITY 1, TORONTO 8
    DUE UP FOR TORONTO: A RIOS (.269, 1-FOR-3)

    Apr 9 9:55 PM


  • AL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    KANSAS CITY 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 3 1
    TORONTO 0 4 0 1 3 0 8 12 0 (BOT 7)

    CURRENT PITCHERS: KAN - RYAN BRAUN
    TOR - SCOTT DOWNS

    DUE UP FOR TORONTO: A RIOS (.269, 1-FOR-3)
    A HILL (.318, 2-FOR-2, BB, RBI)
    G ZAUN (.222, 1-FOR-3, RBI)

    Apr 9 9:53 PM


  • AL
    AT TORONTO - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY JOHN BUCK (2) TO LEFT WITH 1 OUT IN THE
    7TH OFF A.J. BURNETT.
    CURRENT SCORE: KANSAS CITY 1, TORONTO 8
    DUE UP FOR KANSAS CITY: T PENA JR (.261, 0-FOR-2)

    Royals vs. Blue JaysApr 9 9:48 PM


  • AL
    AT TORONTO - SCORING UPDATE
    WILD PITCH BY RYAN BRAUN ALLOWED AARON HILL TO SCORE.
    SITUATION: 3 RUNS IN, NONE ON, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: KANSAS CITY 0
    TORONTO 8 BOTTOM, 5TH
    DUE UP FOR TORONTO: R CLAYTON (.313, 0-FOR-1, BB)

    Royals vs. Blue JaysApr 9 9:23 PM


  • AL
    AT TORONTO - SCORING UPDATE
    GROUND OUT BY GREGG ZAUN SCORED ALEX RIOS.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, A HILL ON THIRD, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: KANSAS CITY 0
    TORONTO 7 BOTTOM, 5TH
    DUE UP FOR TORONTO: R CLAYTON (.313, 0-FOR-1, BB)

    Royals vs. Blue JaysApr 9 9:22 PM


  • AL
    AT TORONTO - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY AARON HILL SCORED TROY GLAUS.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, A HILL ON SECOND, A RIOS ON THIRD, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: KANSAS CITY 0
    TORONTO 6 BOTTOM, 5TH
    DUE UP FOR TORONTO: G ZAUN (.235, 1-FOR-2)

    Royals vs. Blue JaysApr 9 9:18 PM


  • AL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    KANSAS CITY 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
    TORONTO 0 4 0 1 5 9 0 (TOP 5)

    CURRENT PITCHERS: KAN - JASON STANDRIDGE
    TOR - A.J. BURNETT

    DUE UP FOR KANSAS CITY: T PENA JR (.273, 0-FOR-1)
    D DEJESUS (.360, 0-FOR-2)
    E GERMAN (.444, 0-FOR-1, BB)

    Apr 9 9:03 PM


  • AL
    AT TORONTO - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY VERNON WELLS (2) TO LEFT WITH 2 OUT IN THE
    4TH OFF JASON STANDRIDGE.
    CURRENT SCORE: KANSAS CITY 0, TORONTO 5
    DUE UP FOR TORONTO: F THOMAS (.333, 1-FOR-2)

    Royals vs. Blue JaysApr 9 9:00 PM


  • AL
    KANSAS CITY AT TORONTO
    NOTE: KANSAS CITY MANAGER BUDDY BELL HAS BEEN EJECTED BY
    THIRD BASE UMPIRE GERRY DAVIS IN THE BOTTOM OF THE SECOND INNING
    AFTER ARGUING A FAN INTERFERENCE CALL.

    Apr 9 8:15 PM


  • AL
    AT TORONTO - MID INNING UPDATE
    PLAY: J Standridge relieved O Perez.
    SITUATION: 4 RUNS IN, L OVERBAY ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: KANSAS CITY 0
    TORONTO 4 BOTTOM, 2ND
    DUE UP FOR TORONTO: V Wells (.333, 1-FOR-1)

    Apr 9 8:13 PM


  • AL
    AT TORONTO - PITCHING CHANGE
    KAN: JASON STANDRIDGE (NO RECORD) IN THE 2ND
    SITUATION: 4 RUNS IN, L OVERBAY ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: KANSAS CITY 0, TORONTO 4
    DUE UP FOR TORONTO: V WELLS (.333, 1-FOR-1)

    Apr 9 8:13 PM


  • AL
    AT TORONTO - SCORING UPDATE
    GROUND RULE DOUBLE BY LYLE OVERBAY SCORED GREGG ZAUN, ROYCE
    CLAYTON AND REED JOHNSON.
    SITUATION: 4 RUNS IN, L OVERBAY ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: KANSAS CITY 0
    TORONTO 4 BOTTOM, 2ND
    DUE UP FOR TORONTO: V WELLS (.333, 1-FOR-1)

    Apr 9 8:13 PM


  • AL
    AT TORONTO - SCORING UPDATE
    GROUND RULE DOUBLE BY LYLE OVERBAY SCORED GREGG ZAUN, ROYCE
    CLAYTON AND REED JOHNSON.
    SITUATION: 4 RUNS IN, L OVERBAY ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: KANSAS CITY 0
    TORONTO 4 BOTTOM, 2ND
    DUE UP FOR TORONTO: V WELLS (.333, 1-FOR-1)

    Royals vs. Blue JaysApr 9 8:13 PM


  • AL
    AT TORONTO - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY REED JOHNSON SCORED AARON HILL.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, R JOHNSON ON FIRST, R CLAYTON ON SECOND, G
    ZAUN ON THIRD, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: KANSAS CITY 0
    TORONTO 1 BOTTOM, 2ND
    DUE UP FOR TORONTO: L OVERBAY (.261, 0-FOR-1)

    Apr 9 8:06 PM


  • AL
    AT TORONTO - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY REED JOHNSON SCORED AARON HILL.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, R JOHNSON ON FIRST, R CLAYTON ON SECOND, G
    ZAUN ON THIRD, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: KANSAS CITY 0
    TORONTO 1 BOTTOM, 2ND
    DUE UP FOR TORONTO: L OVERBAY (.261, 0-FOR-1)

    Royals vs. Blue JaysApr 9 8:06 PM


  • AL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    KANSAS CITY 0 0 0 1 0
    TORONTO 0 0 3 0 (BOT 2)

    CURRENT PITCHERS: KAN - ODALIS PEREZ
    TOR - A.J. BURNETT

    DUE UP FOR TORONTO: A RIOS (.261, 0 HR, 2 RBI)
    A HILL (.250, 1 HR, 4 RBI)
    G ZAUN (.200, 0 HR, 3 RBI)

    Apr 9 7:51 PM