Blue Jays 7, Royals 0
TORONTO (AP) _ Tony Fernandez had two RBI singles to raise his major league-leading average to .409 and Roy Halladay allowed just two hits over 6 2-3 innings as Toronto beat the Kansas City Royals 7-0 Saturday.
Fernandez, who went 2-for-4, got his 2,177th career hit to tie Julio Franco for most hits by a Dominican player.
Halladay (5-3), starting for injured Chris Carpenter, didn’t allow a hit until Carlos Beltran led off the fourth with a sharp single to right. Halladay left the game in the sixth after allowing a single and two walks. He walked six and struck out four.
Shawn Green, struggling since coming back June 11 after missing two weeks with a broken bone in his left wrist, had three RBIs.
Kevin Appier (6-6), who has lost his last four starts, pitched five shutout innings of one-hit ball, before allowing three runs in the sixth and three more in the seventh.
Shannon Stewart led off with an infield single, stole second and scored on Green’s RBI single. One out later, Fernandez singled to left to score Green. Darrin Fletcher followed with an RBI double to make it 3-0.
The Blue Jays scored four runs in the seventh on Green’s two-run single, Fernandez’s RBI single and on a run-scoring wild pitch.
Appier gave up six runs on seven his in 6 1-3 innings.
With the Blue Jays up 3-0 in the seventh the Royals loaded the bases against Halladay with two outs. Graeme Lloyd relieved and pinch hitter Scott Leius lined a sharp ground ball to the right of second baseman Homer Bush. But Bush made a nice backhanded stab and flipped to second for the out.
Notes: The Blue Jays have their own dance pack called the Fan-astiks. The young women, who dance on the dugouts after the third and sixth innings, are on a trial basis. ... Toronto manager Jim Fregosi said he would rest Fernandez on Sunday. ``When a guy’s hitting .400 it’s hard to give him a day off, but I don’t want to wear him out,″ Fregosi said. ... Fernandez, who turns 37 on June 30, has an AL-leading .465 average with runners in scoring position. ... Appier pitched a three-hitter against the Blue Jays on May 12.