Strong Return for Bush Sparks Jays Offence

KANSAS CITY, MO – The Toronto Blue Jays received a strong seven inning performance from David Bush and supported his cause with a big six run fifth inning to beat the Kansas City Royals 9-4 Saturday night at Kaufmann Stadium.

David Bush who was called up from Triple-A Syracuse was looking for his first victory after being shutout in ten previous tries earlier this season before being optioned down to the minors to regain his confidence.

The Jays would give their starter a run to work with during their first at-bats thanks to a sacrifice-fly from Vernon Wells to bring home Reed Johnson, who singled to lead off the game, for Toronto's first run.

Bush, who has a tendency to get a little roughed up early on in the game, was able to get through the first inning unscathed, but wouldn't be so fortunate in the second inning when the Royals would strike. After getting two quick outs, Bush would allow a single to Angel Berroa and a walk to Mark Teahen – with both men moving up a base on a passed by Greg Zaun. Kansas City catcher John Buck, who stung the Jays for two hits and an RBI in yesterday's game, would come through for his club again, scoring two with a single to center, to take the lead 2-1.

Toronto would get those runs back against Kyle Snyder in the third when the Jays would rap off consecutive singles from Orlando Hudson and Johnson to lead off the frame, allowing Frank Catalanotto to bring both men home with a triple to the gap in right-center, giving the buds a 3-2 advantage.

The Jays would explode in a bat-around fifth inning, with Shea Hillenbrand and Eric Hinske both hitting two-run doubles to go along with an RBI sac-fly by Hudson and capitalizing on a run scoring throwing error by Royals second baseman Donnie Murphy, giving Toronto a 9-2 lead.

After his rocky start to the game, Bush settled down nicely, shutting down the Royals for the next four innings before finally allowing a third run in the seventh inning when Donnie Murphy grounded into a fielder's choice scoring Mark Teahen, making it 9-3 Toronto.

Bush would leave the game with a comfortable lead after working seven innings, allowing three runs on eight hits, in-line for his first win of the season.

Kansas City would score once more in the eighth on an Emil Brown sac-fly but that's as close as they'd come with Justin Speier closing the door in the ninth to seal a 9-4 Toronto win.

David Bush records the win to improve to (1-5) on the season with Kyle Snyder (0-1) taking the loss for the Royals after four rough innings, allowing six runs, all earned, on eight hits.

The Blue Jays will look to win its second straight series when they battle the Royals again on Sunday. Ted Lilly (8-9) will take the mound for the Blue Jays in search of his ninth win, but he'll have to out-pitch D.J. Carrasco (4-4) to get it.

The game on Sunday can be seen on Rogers Sportsnet starting at 2pm EST with radio coverage on The FAN 590am beginning at 1:30pm EST.

InsideTheDome's Game Notes: Blue Jays prospect Aaron Hill is in the midst of his first major league slump, trying to battle out of a 0-for-11 drought…David Bush, who was (0-5) this season before tonight's win, won for the first time since October 1st of last year…Toronto Third Baseman Corey Koskie, who is on a rehab assignment in Syracuse, went 2-for-4 with an RBI as he inches closer to returning to the big club. He's expected to rejoin the team on Tuesday when the Jays open a three-game set against the Angels.

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