Royals roll to 17-4, thanks to Harvey's late blast


TORONTO (AP) -- Ken Harvey more than atoned for messing up a bunt

Harvey hit a tiebreaking, three-run homer in the ninth inning as
the Kansas City Royals rallied for a 9-6 victory over the Toronto
Blue Jays on Saturday.

Harvey got the bunt sign one pitch before homering. He threw his
bat over his head on the high and outside pitch.

"I kind of did a double-take. I'm not really a bunter. It was a
horrible attempt, but luckily I came through at the end,'' said
Harvey, whose teammates laughed at him when he returned to the

Teammate Desi Relaford said Harvey will never be asked to bunt

"It was awful, it was bad,'' Relaford said.

Harvey drove in a career-high four runs for the Royals, who have
won five of six. Kansas City improved to 17-4.

"That's a Yankees-type start,'' Harvey said. "If we continue
to do this we'll turn some more heads.''

Mike Sweeney singled off Jeff Tam (0-2) and Raul Ibanez singled
off Jason Kershner before Harvey hit a shot to center for his third
home run of the season.

Jason Grimsley (1-1) pitched two innings for the win. Rookie
Mike MacDougal pitched the ninth for his major league-leading 10th

"They run some good arms out there,'' Toronto's Tom Wilson
said. "They are pretty solid.''

A crowd of 17,197, the largest since opening day, turned out
three days after the World Health Organization warned against
travel to Toronto because of the outbreak of severe acute
respiratory syndrome.

Shortstop Chris Woodward and other Blue Jays signed autographs
before the game despite the SARS scare.

Trailing 4-2, the Royals scored four runs in the seventh off
Toronto's struggling bullpen. Relaford tied it with a two-run
triple off Trevor Miller and Sweeney and Harvey hit RBI singles off

"Nothing is going right for our bullpen right now,'' Wilson

Wilson tied it at 6 in the eighth with a two-run double off

Kansas City starter Miguel Asencio settled down after allowing
four runs in the first. The 22-year-old right-hander gave up four
runs on seven hits in six innings.

After Relaford doubled in the first, Carlos Beltran hit an RBI

Carlos Delgado hit a two-run double and Josh Phelps followed
with a two-run homer, giving Toronto a 4-1 lead in the bottom half.

Beltran's RBI single in the third cut it to 4-2.

Game notes
Harvey tied a career best for hits. ... Phelps recorded his
first multi-RBI game of the season. He drove in two runs ...
Toronto starter Cory Lidle allowed two runs on five hits in 5 2-3
innings. ... Toronto catcher Greg Myers left the game in the third
inning with a bruised right forearm.