Guillen Helps Power Royals Past Blue Jays

Hochevar gets first win in majors against slumping Toronto
By Mitch Pritchard,  Newser User
Posted Apr 27, 2008 12:28 AM CDT
Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Luke Hochevar throws in the second inning of a baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays Saturday, April 26, 2008, in Kansas City, Mo.    (AP Photo/Ed Zurga)
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(Newser) – Luke Hochevar picked up his first big league victory in his third career start, Jose Guillen homered and the Kansas City Royals edged the Toronto Blue Jays 2-1 last night. The Blue Jays have lost six straight and 10 of 13, and fell five games below .500 for the first time since last May 25. Hochevar (1-1) held Toronto to six hits and one run in six innings.

Guillen, who the Royals signed to a three-year, $36 million contract in December to boost a punchless offense, homered to deep left off Shaun Marcum to lead off the sixth. It was Guillen's first home run this season at Kauffman Stadium and snapped a 1-1 tie. Joakim Soria worked the ninth for his sixth save in as many chances.