Blue Jays break tie in 6th, avoid sweep at KC

Kansas City Royals' Eric Hosmer (35) is tagged out by Toronto Blue Jays catcher Dioner Navarro, right, during the third inning of a baseball game in Kansas City, Mo., Thursday, May 1, 2014. Hosmer tried to score on a single by teammate Billy Butler. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)
Kansas City Royals' Eric Hosmer (35) is tagged out by Toronto Blue Jays catcher Dioner Navarro, right, during the third inning of a baseball game in Kansas City, Mo., Thursday, May 1, 2014. Hosmer tried to score on a single by teammate Billy Butler. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – Mark Buehrle pitched into the seventh inning, Juan Francisco and Colby Rasmus each went deep and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Kansas City Royals 7-3 Thursday night to avoid a series sweep.

Francisco and Rasmus each drove in a pair of runs for Toronto, as did Anthony Gose, who was recalled from Triple-A Buffalo to start in place of injured outfielder Melky Cabrera.

Buehrle (5-1) worked through plenty of trouble to last 6 2-3 innings, allowing two earned runs on seven hits and a pair of walks. It was a solid bounce-back performance after the left-hander was hammered for seven runs last Friday night against Boston.

Aaron Loup pitched 2 1-3 shutout innings for his third career save.

The Royals’ Jeremy Guthrie (2-2) left the game trailing 4-3 after six innings.

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