The Royals regained the lead in the bottom of the inning when Alex Gordon's first triple of the year scored Escobar.
Osuna told reporters he is unsure when he will be available to pitch again as he tries to work through his issues. He was lifted after getting two outs and allowing three base-runners. In the last series encounter which dates back to August 2016, the Jays won the first game while the Royals captured the last two in Kauffman Stadium.
Estrada gave up three runs and five hits in seven innings.
The Kansas City Royals had been 0-29 when trailing after eight innings.
According to Zwelling, who covers the Blue Jays for Sportsnet in Canada, Osuna is working with a psychologist and hopes to be available for Saturday afternoon's 2:15 p.m. EDT game against the Royals. J.A. Happ had a good start for Toronto, allowing just one run over 6.2 innings, but his bullpen imploded in the ninth.
Vargas earned his major league-leading 11th victory, pitching seven efficient innings to lead the surging Kansas City Royals over the Toronto Blue Jays 3-2 Saturday. They are 4-1 on this homestand. And that is why he was unavailable to pitch Friday.
While Happ was smoking Royals, Toronto stitched together a tidy lead the non-homer way.
Blue Jays manager John Gibbons did not use Osuna when the Kansas City Royals scored four runs in the ninth off three relievers to win 5-4. He struck out six and walked four.
"I still have a lot of friends here", Morales said.
Salvador Perez doubled with one out against Ryan Tepera, who had gotten the final out of the eighth inning. Troy Tulowitzki doubles to deep right center field. Ninety feet from home, Tulowitzki was able to scoot across the plate on a wild pitch. "Obviously I've had really tough outings lately". The outfielder hit.312 with 66 runs scored, 26 RBIs and 30 stolen bases.
The Blue Jays tied it in top of the seventh when Kevin Pillar homered with two out. Merrifield greeted Jason Grilli with a double to left to score Escobar and Gordon. Jorge Bonifacio, however, expired at third when Happ outraced Eric Hosmer to the bag at first, receiving a deft flip from Kendrys Morales. Perez laced a single to left, scoring Cain with still nobody out.
Rookie right-hander Jake Junis gets the call for Kansas City on Friday.
The Royals have dominated Toronto on home turf.
The Blue Jays added a pair of insurance runs in the ninth off of Royals reliever Joakim Soria, but a trio of Toronto relievers failed to get out of the ninth.
The win gets the Royals to the.500 mark at 36-36 for the first time since they were 7-7.
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