Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson gave Toronto a 7–6 win on Friday with a walk-off single in the 11th inning that spoiled Johnny Cueto’s debut with the Kansas City Royals.
With one out and the recently acquired Troy Tulowitzki on second base after a balk by Royals reliever Franklin Morales, Donaldson ripped a fastball from Morales to left center for a single to drive in Tulowitzki for the winning run.
Donaldson was 3 for 5 on the night with four RBIs and one run scored. According to ESPN Stats and Info, the 11th-inning winner was his third walk-off hit this season, tied for most in the majors with the Cubs' Starlin Castro and the Mets' Wilmer Flores, who hit a walk-off home run Friday night against the Nationals.
Donaldson's walkoff also helped redeem an earlier throwing error that allowed the Royals to take a 4–3 lead in the top of the sixth inning.
Cueto, starting his first game with the Royals after his trade from the Cincinnati Reds last weekend, pitched six innings and allowed three runs on seven hits while striking out seven betters and walking two.
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The win was the Blue Jays’ third straight, moving them to 53–51 and leaving them just one game behind the Twins for the AL's second Wild Card. The Royals fell to 61–41 after losing their third straight.
- Mike Fiammetta