Blue Jays score five in the 7th, beat Royals in series-opener

Toronto Blue Jays' Ryan Goins, left, throws to first base after forcing out Kansas City Royals' Eric Hosmer for an inning-ending double play during sixth inning of a baseball game, Friday August 30, 2013 in Toronto. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Jon Blacker)

TORONTO (AP) – Aaron Sanchez pitched eight innings to win his eighth straight decision, Josh Donaldson and Darwin Barney each hit two-run singles in a five-run seventh inning and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Kansas City Royals 6-2 on Monday night.

Troy Tulowitzki had two hits, his third multi-hit game in the past four, as the Blue Jays won a rematch of last year’s ALCS, which Kansas City won in six games.

Sanchez (9-1) has not lost since April 22, against Oakland. He allowed one run and three hits and matched the longest start of his career.

Sanchez retired the first seven batters he faced and held the Royals hitless until Cheslor Cuthbert’s two-out single to center in the fifth. The next hitter, Alcides Escobar, grounded out.

Michael Saunders gave the Blue Jays a 1-0 lead with an RBI groundout off Edinson Volquez in the first.

Toronto nearly doubled its lead in the fourth but Alex Gordon threw out Edwin Encarnacion trying to score from second on Kevin Pillar’s two-out single to left.

Kansas City tied it when Kendrys Morales homered off Sanchez to begin the seventh, his 15th.

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