Series: Game 3 of 4

Toronto leads 2-1 (as of 7/31)

Game 1: Monday, July 29
Toronto 1Final
Kansas City 4
Game 2: Tuesday, July 30
Toronto 13Final
Kansas City 4
Game 3: Wednesday, July 31
Toronto 9Final
Kansas City 2
Game 4: Thursday, August 1
Toronto 3Final
Kansas City 2

Blue Jays 9

(46-59, 21-32 away)

Royals 2

(44-63, 30-24 home)

    8:05 PM ET, July 31, 2002

    Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri 

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    TOR 302040000 9 - -
    KC 000010010 2 - -

    W: S. Parris (4-2)

    L: S. Sedlacek (1-2)

    Jays' Delgado homers for third straight game

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Eric Hinske's day off appears to have refreshed him.

    Eric Hinske

    Hinske hit a two-run homer a day after manager Carlos Tosca held him out of Toronto's lineup and Dewayne Wise drove in three runs as the Blue Jays beat the Kansas City Royals 9-2 Wednesday night.

    "He just gave me a day off to rest, to clear my head,'' Hinske said. "I was 1-for-12 in Minnesota. You need days off every now and then. It worked. I hit a home run in my first at-bat.''

    Hinske's 18th homer came after Shannon Stewart led off the game with a single against Shawn Sedlacek. He is two homers shy of the team's rookie record set by Fred McGriff in 1987.

    "That's not the best way to start,'' Sedlacek said.

    Wise, promoted July 18 from Double-A Tennessee, scored Carlos Delgado with a single in the third and singled home Delgado and Vernon Wells in the fourth for a career-high three RBI. Orlando Hudson and Wells also drove in runs in the fourth.

    Carlos Beltran hit a solo homer off the right-field foul pole in the eighth.

    "That was a lucky one,'' Beltran said. "I'm feeling good in every at-bat. I feel good at the plate.''

    Every Toronto starter had a hit by the fifth, which Royals starter Sedlacek failed to finish.

    Sedlacek (1-2) gave up eight runs, seven of which were earned, on 10 hits and a walk in four-plus innings. It was the worst of his eight big league starts and Sedlacek's ERA jumped from 3.45 to 4.47.

    Blue Jays starter Steve Parris (4-2) did not allow a hit until Aaron Guiel led off the fourth with a double. Michael Tucker led off the fifth with a home run for the only run off Parris, who went six innings, allowing six hits and walking two.

    Parris, who began the season on the 60-day disabled list after having shoulder surgery last September, is 4-0 with a no-decision in his past five starts.

    The Blue Jays scored an unearned run in the first when third baseman Joe Randa made a throwing error on Jose Cruz Jr.'s bunt single. Second baseman Carlos Febles, backing up the play, mishandled the ball, allowing Cruz to go to third. The two errors added to the Royals' AL-leading total of 88.

    The Royals, who have lost eight of their past nine, have been outscored 22-6 by the Blue Jays in the past two games. The Blue Jays have 31 hits in the past two games.

    Game notes

    Former New York Yankees outfielder Hank Bauer, who turned 80 Wednesday, threw out the ceremonial first pitch -- with Royals Hall of Famer George Brett as the catcher. Bauer, who lives in the Kansas City area, is a former Royals scout and also managed the Kansas City Athletics. ... Dave Berg was scratched from the Blue Jays lineup with tightness in his shoulder. Chris Woodward replaced him at SS. ... The Royals finished July with a 13-16 record, their 11th straight losing month.

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