Vargas and four relievers combined on a two-hitter, Melky Cabrera had three hits and the game’s only RBI, and the Kansas City Royals beat the Toronto Blue Jays 1-0 on Thursday night.
Penny Hardaway Youth Jersey Vargas (17-10) struck out seven in 6 1/3 innings to win his third straight start. None of the three batters he walked advanced beyond first base.
He definitely was lights out tonight, Royals manager Ned Yost said.
The Blue Jays, who were blanked for the seventh time, did not have a runner reach scoring position. Their two hits matched a season low.
That’s why he’s got a gold patch on the back of his glove, Vargas said of Escobar, a Gold Glove winner in 2015.
Darwin Barney had the only other hit off Vargas, a leadoff single in the fifth.
Marcus Semien Youth Jersey The Royals, who have 10 games remaining, remained 3 1/2 games behind Minnesota for the second AL wild card spot after the Twins beat Detroit 12-1. Los Angeles and Texas are both ahead of Kansas City.
It’s a tough road ahead of us but I think we can do it, reliever Mike Minor said.
Billy Hamilton drove in three runs and the Reds ended an eight-game losing streak with a 10-4 win over the Milwaukee Brewers on Monday night.
A win is salve regardless of how early or late you are in the season, Reds manager Bryan Price said. A win makes everyone feel better.
The Reds won for just the third time in 16 games. Cincinnati is tied with Kansas City for the fewest wins in the majors.
Price praised the Reds’ defense, specifically the play of infielders Phil Gosselin and Scooter Gennett, which he said never really allowed Milwaukee to get too excited about what was going on.
The Reds also got a strong outing from starter Luis Castillo (1-2), who entered having allowed 13 earned runs in 16 innings over three starts this season. He shut out the Brewers for six innings before allowing four runs in the seventh.
Castillo went 6 2/3 innings, giving Chad Henne Womens Jersey up five hits while striking out eight and walking three.