Merrifield walk-off double caps four-run ninth for Royals

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The Royals (36-36) are 10-2 in the past dozen games to reach.500 for the first time since April.

At three games back of Cleveland in the division and two games off the pace for the second AL wild card, the Royals can't be thinking of themselves as sellers right now.

The Blue Jays added a pair of insurance runs in the ninth off of Royals reliever Joakim Soria, but a trio of Toronto relievers failed to get out of the ninth. The Blue Jays challenged the call, but after a two-minute, 16-second delay umpire Joe West's safe call was not over turned. Alcides Escobar singled to cut the score to 4-2.

Kansas City scored four runs off Ryan Tepera, Aaron Loup and Jason Grilli in the bottom of the ninth inning for a walk-off win. Escobar scored on Whit Merrifield's sacrifice fly, which was not deep. "It hasn't happened too often in my career, but every time it happens it stings".

The Royals have 21 comeback victories this season.

"Other than today, honestly, I've been happy for him just because he's a good friend and someone that really loves the game". "I don't think we pay attention to come-from-behind or whether we get out to a lead earlier or whatever". On Friday, it was the bullpen collapse, surrendering four runs with two out in the ninth to fall 5-4. "We're just trying to win a ball game".

If that isn't sickening enough, the 5-4 loss to the Royals on Friday night at Kauffman Stadium completely ruined a stellar effort from Toronto starter J.A. Happ. Down by two runs in the eighth in Boston on Wednesday, Sal Perez lifted the Royals to a 6-4 win with a grand slam.

"This game can rip your heart out and tonight was one of those nights", Happ said.

Troy Tulowitzki and Kevin Pillar homered off Vargas. He induced a pair of routine grounders to end the fourth with no damage done, worked around Brandon Moss' bloop single to left in the fifth, then retired the side in order in the sixth. The Royals signed RHP Neftali Feliz, who was released Monday by Milwaukee. The outfielder hit.312 with 66 runs scored, 26 RBIs and 30 stolen bases. RHP Cesar Valdez was sent to the Bisons. Lorenzo Cain scores. Mike Moustakas pops out to third base to Josh Donaldson.

NOTES: LF Steve Pearce returned to the Blue Jays lineup after being sidelined the previous two days with a bruised right knee.

Royals: LHP Danny Duffy (right oblique strain) is to begin a minor league rehab assignment Saturday with Triple-A Omaha.

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