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Kneel Before Zob: Royals win 7-6 on a pair of Zobrist home runs

Zobrist can hit home runs at Rogers Centre because we haven't taught him how not to yet.

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Ben Zobrist provided instant value for Kansas City, launching a pair of home runs to help the Royals defeat the Toronto Blue Jays 7-6 on Saturday.

With Mike Moustakas receiving an off-day, Ned Yost was forced to use a more-optimal lineup by shifting Ben Zobrist into the two-spot, up four notches from where he has hit the last two games.

Zobrist did not disappoint, hitting a home run in the first inning to give the Royals a 1-0 lead, and again in the eighth inning to spark the offense in a three-run eighth inning to give the team the lead they would not relinquish. Zobrist also doubled to end the day 3-for-4.

Eric Hosmer also provided a lot of offense, going 2-for-4 with three RBI and a run scored.

It's not all sunshine lollipops, rainbows and everything that's wonderful, though. You could even say that I am beginning to loathe the Rogers Centre, and only slightly less so the team that plays there.

Yordano Ventura was tagged for five runs on six hits and two walks in seven innings. Fine. It happens. Against that offense in that stadium, I'm not sure that you can expect more. Ventura continued his pitch efficiency from last game, the results just weren't there.

But then Wade Davis relieved Ventura in the eighth. And then Wade Davis gave up a home run to Jose Bautista, his first home run given up since Ian Desmond hit one on August 24th, 2013. It was also Wade Davis last game as a starting pitcher.  This aggression will not stand.

Greg Holland came on in the ninth and pitched around a walk and a single to hold on to the one-run victory.

Tomorrow, Edinson Volquez (10-5, 3.21 ERA) faces off against R.A. Dickey (5-10, 4.27), who was announced as Sunday's starting pitcher over David Price late last night.