Royals overcome two J.P. Arencibia home runs to defeat Jays

TORONTO — Eric Hosmer had three runs batted in as the Kansas City Royals held off the Toronto Blue Jays for a 9-6 victory on Thursday to earn a series split.

Salvador Perez had a career-best four hits for the Royals to extend his hit streak to 11 games.

J.P. Arencibia hit two home runs for Toronto (42-41) and had three runs batted in for the game.

Toronto’s Henderson Alvarez (5-7) allowed eight hits in 5 1/3 innings and all five of the runs charged to him were in the third inning when the Royals sent 10 batters to the plate.

Luke Hochevar (6-8) allowed four hits in five innings and two runs, both on a home run by Arencibia in the third. He left after five innings after suffering a right ankle sprain in the bottom of the fifth while covering first base.

Yuniesky Betancourt homered for the Royals…

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