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Macon Chronicle-Herald - Macon, MO
  • Moustakas hits grand slam as Royals rout Blue Jays

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  • Mike Moustakas snapped out of his slump, and then some.
    Moustakas hit his first career grand slam, Everett Teaford pitched seven innings for his first win of the season and the Kansas City Royals beat the Toronto Blue Jays 11-3 on Monday night.
    Hitless in 14 at-bats after going 0 for 8 in Saturday's doubleheader at Minnesota, Moustakas was held out of Sunday's series finale, with Royals manager Ned Yost giving him a chance to "catch his breath."
    Moustakas must have breathed deeply.
    After striking out his first time up, he hit an RBI double the next time. He then launched a grand slam to highlight Kansas City's five-run seventh, giving him a career-best five RBIs.
    "It was really cool," Moustakas said. "I got a good pitch to hit, got a fastball over the middle of the plate and just tried not to do too much with it."
    Moustakas said teammates and hitting coach Kevin Seitzer had been trying to keep him encouraged, but nothing helped more than snapping his hitless streak with his third-inning double.
    "That was big," he said. "It helped me a lot."
    Salvador Perez added a two-run homer as the Royals ended a three-game losing streak, matched their season high with 14 hits and beat Toronto for the first time in five meetings this season.
    Jose Bautista hit his major league-leading 27th home run and Colby Rasmus hit a solo shot off the facing of the fifth deck but it wasn't enough for the Blue Jays, who lost for the fifth time in seven games.
    Teaford (1-0) allowed three runs and five hits for his first win since last September.
    He walked two and struck out two.
    "For the most part I thought he pitched very, very well," Yost said. "I'm very pleased with him."
    Teaford said Kansas City's offensive outburst made his job easy.
    "When you get 11 runs, it's easy to pitch," Teaford said.
    Kelvin Herrera worked the eighth and Tim Collins finished in the ninth as the Royals won for the fifth time in eight games.
    Ricky Romero (8-3) lost at home for the first time in almost a year, giving up eight runs and a season-high 11 hits in six-plus innings.
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