By Dave Skretta
The Associated Press
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Royals’ Jeremy Guthrie grinded through five shaky innings. Third baseman Mike Moustakas grinded through a calf strain that’s still causing him trouble.
The rest of the Kansas City offense ground up Rays starter Jeremy Hellickson.
Salvador Perez hit a three-run homer, Billy Butler also went deep and the Royals romped to an 11-1 victory over Tampa Bay on Monday in a steamy makeup of a snowed-out game from early May.
Perez finished with four RBIs, Butler drove in three runs and Moustakas also drove in a pair as the Royals won their second straight following a seven-game slide.
“We’re a good team. We’re a good-hitting ballclub,” Moustakas said. “We knew we’d be able to get to the pitcher early and score some runs.”
Hellickson (10-8) allowed five runs in just 2 2-3 innings for Tampa Bay. It was the struggling right-hander’s shortest start since June 30, 2012, when he went the same distance in a game against Detroit before getting pelted in the leg by a line drive.
“The offense to me looks like it is back on track,” Royals manager Ned Yost said.
Guthrie (13-10) allowed six hits and three walks but twice delivered timely strikeouts. He fanned Kelly Johnson with two aboard to end the third inning, and then struck out David DeJesus on a called third strike to leave the bases loaded in the fourth.
Rays manager Joe Maddon argued that the call and was tossed by plate umpire Greg Gibson.
“It’s been exasperating. They beat us up. We don’t like Kansas City,” Maddon said, “except for the food. The Plaza is nice and the barbeque, and this is one of the best ballparks in the American League, in all of baseball really, but they just beat us up.”
Blue Jays 5, Yankees 2: TORONTO — R.A. Dickey pitched into the seventh inning, Jose Reyes sparked Toronto’s offense and the Blue Jays snapped a 10-game losing streak against the New York Yankees with a 5-2 victory on Monday night.
Alex Rodriguez hit his 650th home run, a leadoff drive in the fifth, but the Yankees lost for the ninth time in 13 road games this month. Rodriguez is 10 homers away from tying Willie Mays for fourth on the career list, which would secure a $6 million bonus for the third baseman.
Derek Jeter went hitless in his return to New York’s lineup. Jeter, who had been out with a calf injury, finished 0 for 3 with a walk.
Reyes walked and scored in the third, and doubled and scored in Toronto’s three-run fifth as the Blue Jays beat the Yankees for just the second time in 14 meetings this season.
Dickey (10-12) allowed two runs, one earned, and six hits in 6 1-3 innings. Casey Janssen got three outs for his 24th save in 26 chances.
New York right-hander Phil Hughes (4-13) allowed five runs, four earned, and seven hits in 4 2-3 innings. He is 0-6 with a 5.84 ERA in his last nine starts.
Athletics 8, Tigers 6: DETROIT — Coco Crisp and Daric Barton each drove in two runs, leading Oakland past Miguel Cabrera and Detroit.
Cabrera hit his 43rd homer, bolstering his pursuit of another Triple Crown, but Barton had a tiebreaking RBI single in Oakland’s two-run sixth inning. Crisp also had a solo homer during his three-hit performance.
A.J. Griffin (11-9) earned his first win since July 29 despite allowing four runs and seven hits in five-plus innings. The right-hander was 0-2 with a 3.47 ERA in his previous four starts.
Omar Infante and Victor Martinez also homered for the AL Central-leading Tigers, who had won three in a row. Martinez went 4 for 5 and Torii Hunter had two hits.
Barton’s tiebreaking single in the sixth came against Jose Alvarez (1-4).
Grant Balfour allowed an unearned run in the ninth on Matt Tuiasosopo’s grounder before finishing for his 33rd save.