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KANSAS CITY Pedro Martinez Jersey , Mo. (AP) — in the count 0-2 with two outs in the eighth inning, Kansas City Royals catcher Salvador Perez went out to talk to reliever Blaine Boyer.Whatever they discussed did not work.Pillar hit a two-run homer on the next pitch to lift the Toronto Blue Jays over the Royals 6-5 on Tuesday night.“You fall behind, it’s the eighth inning,” Pillar said. “He probably tells him don’t give me anything to hit, but that’s the beauty of baseball. You’ve still got to execute pitches.“The only thing that threw me off a little is after the meeting they kind of shifted their infield back to the right side, so I figured I was probably going to get something away or something soft to see if I would chase. I didn’t overthink the situation. I just told myself to stay ready.”Boyer (2-1) retired his first two batters before walking Aledmys Diaz. Pillar hit the next pitch over the wall down the left field line.Ken Giles worked a perfect ninth for his 14th save and second with the Blue Jays since being acquired from Houston on July 30.Perez and Jorge Bonifacio hit back-to-back doubles in the seventh off Jake Petricka (2-1) to give the Royals a short-lived 5-4 lead.Adalberto Mondesi had a career-high four hits, including two doubles, stole three bases, drove in a run and scored a run for Kansas City.“That’s the way I play the game ,” Mondesi said. “I just got to keep working hard and keep doing my thing, so I can go out and show the fans what they want to see.”The Blue Jays, who had scored four runs in their previous four games total, jumped to a 3-0 advantage. Teoscar Hernandez and Kendrys Morales walked to lead off the second and both scored. Pillar contributed a two-out RBI single, while the other run scored when Diaz grounded into a double play.Heath Fillmyer walked two more Jays in the third and hit Russell Martin with a pitch with the bases loaded for the third run.The Royals answered with three runs in third, which included Perez’s run-producing double and Whit Merrifield and Alex Gordon adding RBI singles.Danny Jansen put the Blue Jays ahead 4-3 in the fourth with his first big league home run in his second game.The Royals quickly tied it with Mondesi’s two-out single scoring Alcides Escobar, who had doubled.Fillmyer left after five innings and 93 pitches, allowing four runs, five hits and five walks.“I fell behind a lot of counts and ended up walking them and three of them ended up costing me Bill Lee Jersey ,” Fillmyer said. “When you get yourself in trouble, it’s never what you want to do.”Blue Jays starter Ryan Borucki was pulled after four innings, yielding four runs, six hits and four walks.“It was a tough one for him,” Toronto manager John Gibbons said. “His command was definitely off. His big pitch, his changeup, was missing. He developed a pretty good blister on his (right) foot and I know that was tender. I felt after four it was probably enough.”Borucki said he initially felt the blister in the third inning.“In the fourth I felt it kind of split open,” he said. “It was kind of tough to push off at the end.”The Royals have lost 10 of 12.Rain delayed the start of the game 31 minutes.ROYALS RECALL LOPEZThe Royals recalled RHP Jorge Lopez, who was acquired from the Brewers on July 27 as part of the Mike Moustakas trade Xander Bogaerts Jersey , from Triple-A Omaha after the game. He will start Wednesday. The club will make a corresponding before the game to make roster space for Lopez.DOUBLES FOR ESCOBAREscobar’s sixth-inning double was the 200th of his career. He is the 11th Royal to reach that milestone.JAYS ACQUIRE BAKERThe Blue Jays acquired minor league RHP Bryan Baker from the Rockies as the player to be named in a July 26 trade that sent RHP Seunghawan Oh to Colorado. Baker posted a 3.80 ERA in 43 relief appearances with Class A Lancaster.TRAINER’S ROOMBlue Jays: Boyer was making his first appearance since April 29 and missing 61 games with a back strain. … RHP Aaron Sanchez (bruised right index finger) will make a rehab start Wednesday for Class A Dunedin in the Florida State League.UP NEXTBlue Jays: RHP Marco Estrada (5-9, 4.84 ERA) will start the third game of the series.Royals: Lopez will replace RHP Burch Smith in the rotation and make his Kansas City debut. PITTSBURGH (AP) Chris Archer kept hearing from friends and former teammates that the Pittsburgh Pirates were different. The proof came in the waves of people who approached the veteran pitcher as he walked the concourse at Pittsburgh International Airport on Wednesday morning just hours removed from an uncharacteristically aggressive trade that sent a jolt through a franchise, a fan base and – Archer hopes – his own career.As strangers came up to welcome him to a town he barely knows and a team he’d only watched from afar, one thought kept running through his head.”Everybody knows who I am,” Archer marveled.Better get used to it.It’s not every year Pittsburgh’s typically cautious front office makes a serious splash at the trade deadline, as general manager Neal Huntington did by bringing in Archer and Texas Rangers closer Keone Kela to bolster a team that’s improbably wedged itself into contention as August begins.Their arrivals signaled a sea change of sorts for the Pirates. A winter after parting with stars Gerrit Cole and Andrew McCutchen and failing to sign even one major league free agent, the splurge for two of the best arms available – both of whom are under team control through at least 2020 – gave Pittsburgh two things it desperately needed: a talent upgrade and serious a dash of buzz.”They went through a lot of changes this offseason and got a lot of scrutiny but I feel they reversed that with the way that they played,” Archer said. ”And the ownership and the front office stepped up with the couple moves they made at the deadline so I’m stoked. It’s been a while since I played winning, meaningful baseball.”A long while.Tampa Bay reached the playoffs just once during Archer’s seven seasons , and that was back in 2013. He’s spent much of the last five years as one of the few fixtures on a team in perpetual flux while watching the Rays flip talented pitchers – from David Price to Matt Garza to James Shields – for prospects.Archer’s turn finally came Tuesday when the Pirates put together a package that included rookie outfielder Austin Meadows and right-handed reliever Tyler Glasnow for a two-time All-Star with plenty left to prove.”There’s different phases (to your career),” Archer said. ”You become a big leaguer and you’re content and you have a little success. I’m in the phase where I want to win and I think I’m in the right environment to do that and the commitment from the ownership and the front office is to win.”Archer, who turns 30 next month, was 3-5 with a 4.31 ERA for Tampa Bay this season.The Pirates entered play on Wednesday within three games of the second wild-card spot in the National League after finishing July on a 16-4 run that provided Huntington with all the evidence he needed to splurge. Archer will make his first major league start for someone other than Tampa Bay when he takes the mound on Friday night against St. Louis.Yeah, it’ll be a little weird at first. Archer doesn’t expect the feeling to last. He prides himself on his work ethic – he’s pitched at least 194 2/3 innings in each of the last four seasons – and now finds himself in a town that does the same.”It’s a blue-collar city,” Archer said. ”It’s roll up your sleeves and go to work. That’s how I was raised. My dad, he worked in hardwood floors his whole life.”Archer struck all the right notes on the first day of the rest of his baseball life.He took a quick tour of the city wearing the jersey of Pittsburgh Steelers star wide receiver Antonio Brown. He expects his warmup song to be ”Black and Yellow” by Pittsburgh-raised rap star Wiz Khalifa. He pointed out that he’s changing his number from 22 to 24 for the rest of this season out of respect to good friend McCutchen, who wore it for nearly a decade while helping return the Pirates to respectability before being traded to San Francisco in January.There will be time for Archer to carve his own niche. His contract includes club options that run through the 2021 season. He isn’t a rental. He’s here to stay. At least for a while. After all the anxiety, it’s a relief to start fresh in a place where he can set down a new set of roots.”It’s very nice to be wanted Blake Swihart Jersey ,” Archer said. ”That was the biggest relief after all the trade rumors was, these guys really want me. … I know one of the sayings for a long time here has been, `We are family.’ And I already feel like a part of the family.”—
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