This too is what speed do: Mess up and un-mess it.

Jarrod Dyson fueled the Royals’ four-run third inning Sunday afternoon with a base-running mistake that led to a defensive-interference call in a 5-0 victory the Toronto Blue Jays at the Rogers Centre.

Dyson broke from second on a grounder to short got trapped in a rundown but escaped when shortstop Jose Reyes nudged him without the ball during the rundown prior to third baseman Brett Lawrie applying a tag.


“I messed up” Dyson confessed. “I was like `Man Reyes is right behind me (with the ball).’ That’s why I immediately turned around and looked at him. He was coming up and going to third (with a throw).

“Right then I just wanted to get in a rundown and hopefully get (Alcides Escobar) to second. I had hit Reyes. I mean I bumped him because he never moved and was trying to shorten the distance (on the throws).

“It worked out perfect for us. We ended up with guys on first and third.”

What followed: Alex Gordon RBI single. Emilio Bonifacio RBI single. Eric Hosmer two-run single. That turned a 1-0 lead into 5-0 for James Shields who was in top form.

“That’s what separates Shields” said Hosmer who also had an RBI grounder in the first inning. “He knows how to pitch with a lead. That’s the difference between a good pitcher and a great pitcher.”

Shields 10-8 worked seven innings before Luke Hochevar and Greg Holland closed out a shutout victory that enabled the Royals to avoid a three-game sweep in the weekend series.

Hochevar started the eighth inning by winning a 14-pitch battle with Anthony Gose on a called strike. Holland pitched the ninth in a non-save situation.

It also concluded a 4-2 trip that began with a three-game blitz at Minnesota. The Royals 70-66 closed temporarily to within six games of Tampa Bay in the race for the American League’s final wild-card berth.

“I’m obviously following what other teams are doing” Shields said “but honestly we’ve got to get some wins. That’s what it’s all about right now.”

Shields retired the first 11 Blue Jays and had that 5-0 lead when Edwin Encarnacion ripped a two-out single past third in the fourth inning. Adam Lind then worked back from an 0-2 hole for a walk.

It came to nothing.