TORONTO - Carlos Villanueva pitched six shutout innings and Yunel Escobar drove in two runs as the Toronto Blue Jays defeated the Kansas City Royals 4-1 on Wednesday.
Rajai Davis had a triple and a sacrifice fly, while Kelly Johnson also had sac fly as the Blue Jays won their second straight over the Royals.
Villanueva (3-0) held the Royals to four hits and no walks while striking out seven in his second start since coming out of the bullpen to bolster an injury depleted starting rotation.
Casey Janssen pitched the ninth inning for his 11th save and second in the past two games for Toronto (42-40).
Luis Mendoza (3-5) allowed nine hits, one walk and three runs while setting a career high of nine strikeouts over six innings for the Royals (36-44).
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