Series: Game 4 of 4

Toronto won 3-1

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 3

(47-59, 22-32 away)

Royals 2

(44-64, 30-25 home)

    2:05 PM ET, August 1, 2002

    Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri 

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    TOR 020000100 3 - -
    KC 011000000 2 - -

    W: R. Halladay (13-4)

    L: R. Hernandez (1-1)

    S: K. Escobar (20)

    Halladay wins eighth straight on road

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Roy Halladay doesn't know why he's unbeaten on the road this season.

    Roy Halladay

    Halladay won his eighth straight road decision and Jose Cruz Jr. singled home the go-ahead run in the seventh inning Thursday to lead the Blue Jays over the Kansas City Royals 3-2.

    In 13 road starts this season, Halladay (13-4) is 8-0 with a 3.29 ERA.

    "I think it's just a coincidence,'' Halladay said. "It just works out that way. A couple of times I've been hit hard on the road, and we've come back and bailed me out.'' Overall, he is 4-0 in six starts since a 2-1 loss on June 28 to Montreal, lowering his ERA to 2.75, fourth in the American League.

    He allowed both runs -- one unearned -- and five hits in seven innings, striking out four and walking two. All the hits off him were singles.

    Cliff Politte and Kelvim Escobar finished with hitless relief, with Escobar getting three outs for his 20th save in 25 chances.

    With the score 2-all in the seventh, Shannon Stewart singled with two outs off Runelvys Hernandez (1-1), just recalled from Double-A Wichita. Eric Hinske walked and Cruz, hitting just .237, singled to right to drive in the go-ahead run.

    Toronto went 5-4 on a three-city trip that also included Baltimore and Minnesota, its first winning trip of more than one series this season. The Blue Jays are 13-7 since the All-Star break.

    "I thought it was a great finish to the road trip,'' Toronto manager Carlos Tosca said.

    Toronto took a 2-0 lead in the second when Vernon Wells doubled, Chris Woodward singled, rookie Josh Phelps hit an RBI double down the left-field line and Orlando Hudson had a sacrifice fly.

    "The first and second innings, I fell back on my sinker,'' Runelvys Hernandez said. "My changeup was not so good. I forget about the fastball. Later, I felt better and had more confidence. The last five innings, I had more confidence in my fastball.''

    Kansas City, which has lost nine of 10 following a nine-game winning streak, scored in the second after Michael Tucker led off with a single and advanced when the ball got past Cruz in right field for an error. Tucker stole third and went home on Chan Perry's groundout. Carlos Beltran's had a run-scoring infield single in the third after Carlos Febles singled and advanced on a pair of groundouts.

    Game notes

    The Royals optioned rookie reliever Jeff Austin to Triple-A Omaha to make room for Hernandez. ... Kansas City's Joe Randa, in a 0-for-21 skid, pinch hit in the ninth and had a game-ending flyout. ... Beltran stole his 100th career base in the third. ... Reliever Roberto Hernandez made a throwing error in the ninth, the league-leading 89th error committed by the Royals.

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