Passed ball, wild throw help Royals defeat Blue Jays, 2-1 BASEBALL

American League

July 17, 1991

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Catcher Greg Myers allowed the tying run on a passed ball in the ninth inning and his wild throw scored the winning run in the 10th last night, as the Kansas City Royals beat the Toronto Blue Jays, 2-1.

Tom Candiotti (9-8) hit Bill Pecota in the back with a pitch leading off the 10th. Brent Mayne sacrificed and Pecota took off for third on the next pitch. Myers' throw went high over the head of third baseman Kelly Gruber and Pecota scored standing up, sending Toronto to just its third loss in 15 games.

Candiotti allowed seven hits in his fourth complete game, struck out three and walked one, as he lost to Kansas City for the first time since May 9, 1989. Candiotti, 11-4 in his career against Royals, had won four straight against Kasnas City. Despite the loss, he lowered his American League-leading ERA to 2.01.

Kansas City, which won for the seventh time in 22 games, tied the score in the ninth when Kirk Gibson tripled and scored on Myers' passed ball, which ended Candiotti's scoreless-inning streak at 23.

Luis Aquino (2-2) pitched 2 1/3 shutout innings for the victory. Kansas City, which scored 18 runs on Sunday in Detroit, has scored five in its last 22 innings.

Myers singled with one out in the fifth and Kevin Appier balked BTC him to second. After Cory Snyder struck out, Manny Lee hit a checked-swing blooper for a 1-0 lead.

Appier, who had received an average of 8.8 runs during his previous five starts, allowed four hits in 7 2/3 innings. He matched his career high with 10 strikeouts and walked one.

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