Blue Jays Roberto Osuna 'anxious and lost' when not on field

The Royals (36-36) are 10-2 in the past dozen games to reach.500 for the first time since April.

Escobar had three of the five Royals hits. With one swing of the bat, Merrifield handed the Jays the stinging defeat.

The 22-year-old Osuna took over as closer for the Jays in 2015 and has been excellent in the role.

Royals catcher Salvador Perez (right) blocks a throw home as the Blue Jays' Kendrys Morales slides in safely on a Troy Tulowitzki RBI double in the fourth inning of Friday night's game in Kansas City.

Alcides Escobar greeted Aaron Loup (2-1) with an RBI single, and Alex Gordon hit a run-scoring single on the first pitch from Jason Grilli. Blue Jays RHP Marco Estrada and Royals LHP Jason Vargas are the Saturday probables. "I just feel anxious". There was no save situation in Thursday's loss in Texas but on Friday, it became apparent Osuna wouldn't be available when he spent much of the game in the Jays dugout rather than the bullpen.

Again, I hope I'm wrong as a Blue Jays fan, but the Royals are hot right now, and sending Estrada to the mound in his current form will not help Toronto's cause. I am not sure why.

But after that, Junis was back to shutting the Jays down. Hopefully he gets the help he needs and gets things under control as soon as he can. Josh Donaldson doubled in the first, but was left right there.

Eric Hosmer homered and Whit Merrifield drove in Escobar with a sacrifice fly for the other Royals runs. He induced a pair of routine grounders to end the fourth with no damage done, worked around Brandon Moss' bloop single to left in the fifth, then retired the side in order in the sixth.

Royals seventh. Lorenzo Cain doubles to left center field. "I don't think we pay attention to come-from-behind or whether we get out to a lead earlier or whatever".

Happ held the Royals to one run on four hits through 6 2/3 innings, three of those hits coming in the seventh inning when a double, a Ryan Goins error and a single combined to cut Toronto's lead to 2-1.

Morales, who is hitting.268 with 15 home runs and 43 RBIs, returned to Kauffman Stadium Friday night for the first time since he and the Royals parted ways.