Beltran homer powers Royals


TORONTO (AP) -- Carlos Beltran savored a rare road winning

"It's been a long and tough season on the road. Every time we
go on the road we almost never win,'' he said after his three-run
homer helped the Royals beat the Toronto Blue Jays 7-4 Wednesday.

Kansas City, 20-46 on the road this season, went 4-2 on the trip
to Tampa Bay and Toronto for the first winning trip this year.

Beltran's 20th homer highlighted a five-run fourth inning off
Roy Halladay (14-6).

"We did good on this road trip,'' Beltran said. "We played
better baseball. Hopefully, we can continue.''

Eric Hinske and Tom Wilson homered for the Blue Jays, who have
lost seven of eight.

Shawn Sedlacek (3-3) won despite allowing four runs and five
hits in five innings. Robert Hernandez pitched a perfect ninth for
his 23rd save in 30 chances.

"We haven't won many games on road, so it was nice to get a
winning road trip,'' Hernandez said. "I was very impressed with
the way we played today. It wasn't going to be easy today with
Halladay out there. He's one of the top three pitchers in

Halladay, who allowed more than three runs just once in his previous 11 starts, gave up seven runs and 10 hits in 5 2/3

"It's frustrating,'' Halladay said. "It's one thing to get
beat. It's another to get beat like that.''

Ken Huckaby's RBI double in the second put Toronto ahead, but
Mike Sweeney's run-scoring infield single tied it in the third.

Kansas City's Joe Randa led off the fourth with a single and
advanced to second on Michael Tucker's bunt single. Brent Mayne
followed with a bunt to Halladay, whose throw to third was too late
to get Randa.

Neifi Perez followed with a two-run single, and Beltran's homer
increased the lead to 6-1.

"Halladay is one of the best pitchers in the league today,''
Beltran said. "I wasn't looking to hit the ball out. I just wanted
to put good wood on it and it went out.''

Wilson hit his two-run homer in the fourth, and Raul Ibanez's
RBI single in the sixth cut it to 7-3.

Hinske hit a solo shot in the fifth, tying a club record for
RBI by a rookie (64).

Game notes
Toronto manager Carlos Tosca said he would give Halladay an
extra day of rest before his next start. ... Kansas City is tied
with Detroit for the most road losses in the major leagues this
season. ... Kansas City OF Chuck Knoblauch missed his second
straight game because of a strained left forearm. ... Halladay is
winless in his last three starts. ... Beltran went 2-for-4 with a
walk and three RBI. ... Hinske tied Doug Ault, who had 64 RBI for
the Blue Jays in 1977.