Series: Game 1 of 3

Kansas City leads 1-0 (as of 7/22)

Game 1: Friday, July 22
Kansas City5
Game 2: Saturday, July 23
Kansas City4
Game 3: Sunday, July 24
Kansas City6

Blue Jays 3

(48-48, 22-28 away)

Royals 5

(35-61, 20-27 home)

    8:10 PM ET, July 22, 2005

    Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri 

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    TOR 003000000 3 9 0
    KC 31010000 - 5 6 1

    W: R. Hernandez (8-9)

    L: P. Walker (3-3)

    S: M. MacDougal (14)

    Sweeney hit on hand, leaves game for X-rays

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Runelvys Hernandez made the most of his chance to keep pitching.

    Allowed to pitch while appealing a 10-game suspension, Hernandez worked six solid innings to earn his third straight win as the Kansas City Royals beat the Toronto Blue Jays 5-3 on Friday night.

    "Let's not talk about the suspension," Hernandez said. "I don't feel good about that. I'm appealing, trying to get it down to one start."

    Hernandez (8-9) was suspended Thursday by Major League Baseball for his role in last Sunday's bench-clearing brawl in a game between the Royals and Tigers. Hernandez hit Carlos Guillen in the head with a pitch, leading to the melee.

    "I didn't pitch that bad, but I was much better in Detroit than today," Hernandez said. "I've got better games than today. Sometimes you have to make adjustments to throw the ball down."

    Hernandez gave up three runs and seven hits in six innings. The right-hander, who missed all of last season after having elbow surgery, is 6-2 in his past eight starts. Twice he got Frank Catalanotto to ground into double plays to get out of trouble.

    "I don't think Runelvys had his best stuff, but that's what makes him so effective," Royals catcher John Buck said. "He still does what it takes to get runners out. He gets double plays and gets himself out of holes. He just makes great pitches at great times."

    Bench coach Bob Schaefer, acting as manager while Buddy Bell served a one-game suspension from the Detroit scuffle, removed Hernandez after 81 pitches.

    "With the power arms in our bullpen and the heat, it was a no-brainer," Schaefer said. "It's not my win. It's Buddy's win. I'm just glad I didn't screw it up."

    Andrew Sisco, Jeremy Affeldt and Mike MacDougal shut out the Blue Jays over the final three innings, with MacDougal pitching a perfect ninth for his 14th save in 16 opportunities.

    Royals All-Star Mike Sweeney was taken to a hospital for X-rays after he was hit in the left hand by a pitch in the first inning. X-rays were negative, detecting only a bruise, and Sweeney is listed as day-to-day.

    Blue Jays starter Pete Walker (3-3), who was looking for his first win since June 22, was pulled after 3 1/3 innings. He gave up five runs on four hits, three walks and a hit batter.

    The Royals scored three runs in the first. David DeJesus led off with a single to extend his hitting streak to a season-high 13 games, Terrence Long walked and Walker beaned Sweeney to load the bases with none out.

    Matt Stairs doubled to right, scoring DeJesus and Long. Emil Brown's groundout scored Sweeney.

    "Right out of the chute I put a couple of guys on, a hit batsman and a walk," Walker said. "It's kind of frustrating. You want to make sure they put the ball in play and give yourself a chance that way. I put myself in a hole and they get a big hit, but I essentially gave it to them."

    Buck hit his first career triple in the second and scored on DeJesus' sacrifice fly to make it 4-0. Buck's triple was aided when the ball boy in right field picked up the ball in foul territory as Alex Rios was chasing it.

    "It'll probably be my last one," Buck said. "It took somebody not knowing the ball was fair or not for me to get a triple."

    Will he tip the ball boy?

    "No, I would have had an inside-the-park homer if he hadn't touched it," Buck joked.

    Vernon Wells hit his 100th career home run in the Blue Jays' three-run third, a shot into the left-field stands with Catalanotto aboard. Orlando Hudson doubled and scored on Catalanotto's single for the first run.

    "It's significant," Wells said of his milestone. "But I can't enjoy it as much given the situation that we lost."

    Wells leads the American League with 21 RBI in July. That is also Wells' career high for a month, with eight games still remaining in July.

    Buck's single in the fourth scored Mark Teahen, who led off the inning with a walk and advanced to second on Ruben Gotay's walk. Scott Downs replaced Walker and pitched three scoreless innings.

    "Pete just struggled from the get-go," Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said. "That's the first time I've really seen that all year. The first inning he had difficulty, but we came back with three of our own, but you lose."

    Game notes

    1B Eric Hinske converted an unassisted double play in the fourth inning, the 21st consecutive game the Blue Jays have turned a double play. They also turned double plays in the seventh and eighth innings. ... The temperature was 98 degrees for the first pitch. The last time the temperature was that high for a Kauffman Stadium game was Aug. 17, 2003. ... Royals LHP Brian Anderson had elbow ligament replacement surgery on Thursday and is out for nine to 12 months.

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