Lawrie's HR sends Blue Jays past Royals

Brett Lawrie cracked the eventual game-winning 3 game series at Rogers Centre.

Jose Bautista crushed a two-run homer, his major league-leading 37th, while Lawrie also tripled in a run. Edwin Encarnacion and Yunel Escobar added hits for the Blue Jays, winners in seven of their last 11 games.

Jesse Litsch (5-3) gave up a hit in one inning of relief to earn the win and Frank Francisco tossed a scoreless ninth to earn his 11th save of the season.

Louis Coleman (1-3) absorbed the loss after surrendering Lawrie's blast.

Billy Butler had three hits and two RBI, while Alex Gordon cracked a solo homer and scored three times for the Royals, who had won the series opener Tuesday behind Bruce Chen.