Jesse Barfield tripled with the bases loaded and George Bell had a two-run homer and two sacrifice flies yesterday to help the Blue Jays beat the Kansas City Royals, 10-6, in Toronto.
Tom Filer (6-0) benefited from his usual support although he gave up five runs on five hits and four walks in 5 1/3 innings. In seven games since being called up from the Triple-A Syracuse Chiefs, the Blue Jays have gotten him 51 runs.
"We try to score a lot of runs for whoever is pitching," Barfield said, "but Tom just seems to be in the right place at the right time."
Filer, called up July 6 when Luis Leal was demoted to Syracuse, knows he's been lucky.
"I haven't pitched well in the last two games," he said. "Today I was behind in the count."
Kansas City's Mark Gubicza (9-7) pitched worse, giving up five runs on five hits in 2 2/3 innings.
"Last time Gubicza pitched, he was down in the strike zone," his manager, Dick Howser, said. "Today he got the ball up. You make a little mistake in the strike zone, they hit the ball. All their hits were clean. This park had nothing to do with it. The home runs would have been out anywhere."
Bell's 22nd homer provided a 2-0 lead in the first inning. He got sacrifice flies in the fourth and sixth, the latter after Kansas City had scored three runs in the top of the inning to pull to 7-6.
The Blue Jays chased Gubicza in the third. After Bell walked, Al Oliver singled, Willie Upshaw walked and Barfield tripled high off the center field fence for a 5-0 lead.
Hal McRae's 11th homer, with a man on, cut it to 5-2 in the fourth. But Toronto scored twice in its half of the inning, on Lloyd Moseby's RBI double and Bell's first sacrifice fly.