KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – Angel Berroa homered during a four-run outburst with two outs in the fourth inning, leading the Kansas City Royals past the Toronto Blue Jays 6-5 Sunday in sweltering heat.

Blue Jays starter Ted Lilly retired his first 11 batters in the 96-degree heat and looked almost unhittable while carrying a 4-0 lead. Then the next four batters combined to hit for the cycle, starting with Emil Brown’s two-out double.

Matt Stairs’ RBI single made it 4-1, then Berroa hit Lilly’s next pitch for his seventh home run.

Mark Teahen tripled into left-center and rookie Chip Ambres singled into center for his first major league RBI, tying it at 4.

D.J. Carrasco (5-4) recovered from a shaky start to get the win, going six innings in the stifling heat and giving up four runs and six hits, with three walks and three strikeouts.

Mike MacDougal allowed Shea Hillenbrand’s RBI single in the ninth, but got Aaron Hill to ground into a double play to finish his 15th save in 17 chances, including his 14th straight.

Chad Gaudin (1-3) replaced Lilly to start the fifth and went 1 2-3 innings, giving up two runs and four hits. Joe McEwing’s RBI double in the fifth made it 5-4, then Brown’s RBI single gave the Royals a 6-4 lead.

Toronto center fielder Vernon Wells was removed and taken for precautionary X-rays after he fouled a ball off his left shin in the fifth inning. He went into the game leading the AL with 22 RBIs in July.

Lilly was charged with four runs and five hits. He struck out three.

Russ Adams tripled leading off the game and scored on Frank Catalanotto’s single. Gregg Zaun walked and Reed Johnson singled with one out in the fourth ahead of Eric Hinske’s three-run homer, a 390-foot shot on a 1-1 pitch from Carrasco.

Notes: DH/1B Mike Sweeney, who was hit by a pitch on the hand Friday on his 32nd birthday, missed a second straight game. He was expected to play on Monday. … After getting his first major league RBI, LF Chip Ambres stole his first base. … Gaudin picked Brown off first a moment after his RBI single put the Royals on top 6-4. … Hinske’s double in the second inning gave the Blue Jays at least one two-base hit in 22 straight games. … The Royals hold the slimmest of leads in the overall series, winning 154 and losing 153.

AP-ES-07-24-05 1655EDT


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