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Duffy allows career-high 3 home runs, Blue Jays beat Royals 5-2

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TORONTO — Kansas City's doesn't often give up a lot of home runs. That changed against the Toronto Blue Jays.

hit a two-run homer, and added solo shots and the Blue Jays beat Duffy and the Royals 5-2 on Thursday night.

"I just didn't make pitches when I needed to," Duffy said. "They capitalized excellently on every single one of my mistakes."

Duffy (4-5) allowed five runs and six hits in six innings, losing for the first time since June 30, at Houston.

"I'm better than that, I'm a lot better than I displayed tonight," he said.

The three home runs were one more than Duffy had surrendered in his four previous starts combined.

"He gave up six hits but three of them resulted in four runs," Royals manager said.

The Blue Jays have homered in 12 consecutive games since the All-Star break, their longest streak of the season.

"That's what we do best," Toronto manager said.

Kansas City, which lost 12-1 at Cleveland on Wednesday, allowed three homers in consecutive games for the first time this season.

"You make a mistake and they can hammer it a long way," Yost said of the Blue Jays. "These guys are really good."

Toronto won its second straight hours after landing former Cy Young Award winner David Price in a deal with Detroit.

Navarro and Price played together for three seasons in Tampa Bay, reaching the World Series in 2008, Price's rookie campaign.

"He knows what it takes," Navarro said of Price. "He's been doing it for a long time. And I think he's going to do nothing but good things for us."

Price was not with the Blue Jays on Thursday but is expected to join them Friday. Toronto has not said when Price will make his first start but Sunday is a possibility.

The left-hander is the second major acquisition of the week by the Blue Jays, who landed shortstop Troy Tulowitzki on Tuesday.

"I thought even before we made the moves we were a good team and we just got better," Blue Jays starter said.

Estrada (8-6) allowed two runs and three hits in 5 2-3 innings. Estrada left after 's two-out single in the sixth ended his run of 15 straight outs. came on and retired .

LaTroy Hawkins pitched the seventh, worked the eighth and finished for his sixth save.

put the Royals in front with a two-run double in the first inning but Toronto answered in the bottom half on 's sacrifice fly.

reached on a bloop single to begin the second and Navarro followed with a drive to left.

Martin extended the lead with a one-out drive in the third and Donaldson made it 5-2 with a second-deck blast in the fourth, his team-high 25th.

Ben Zobrist made his debut with the Royals, batting sixth and starting in left field. Zobrist, who was acquired from Oakland on Tuesday, went 0 for 4, grounding out to end the game.

ORLANDO TO OMAHA

Brazilian rookie OF was optioned to Triple-A Omaha to make room for Zobrist. Yost said the Royals decided to demote Orlando and keep 3B on the roster because Cuthbert has played well at third base, a position Zobrist has not played frequently.

YOUR NUMBER IS UP

Royals first base coach Rusty Kuntz gave up his number 18 to Zobrist, switching to 81. Kuntz also surrendered 18 last season when the Royals traded for . Toronto's switched from 14 to 13 so Price can wear his preferred number.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Royals: OF (left groin) hit off the tee one day ahead of schedule. Gordon took 20 swings and will do the same Friday.

Blue Jays: 1B (left middle finger) did not start but was available to pinch-hit. ... 2B (left shoulder) was not available after getting a cortisone shot Wednesday.

UP NEXT

Royals: RHP Johnny Cueto (7-6, 2.62 ERA) makes his Kansas City debut Friday. Cueto is 2-0 with a 3.86 ERA in two previous starts against Toronto.

Blue Jays: RHP (9-2, 5.42 ERA) has pitched six innings just once in his past eight outings. He's 7-1 with a 2.21 ERA in nine home starts.

PHOTO: Toronto Blue Jays shortstop Troy Tulowitzki, back, scores at home plate past Kansas City Royals catcher Perez Salvador during the first inning of a baseball game, Thursday, July 30, 2015 in Toronto. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT
Toronto Blue Jays shortstop Troy Tulowitzki, back, scores at home plate past Kansas City Royals catcher Perez Salvador during the first inning of a baseball game, Thursday, July 30, 2015 in Toronto. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT

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