TORONTO, April 27 (UPI) -- Runelvys Hernandez threw seven innings before watching three relievers spoil his 25th birthday Sunday as the Toronto Blue Jays scored six times in the bottom of the ninth inning for a 10-9 win over the Kansas City Royals.
Shannon Stewart started and ended the ninth inning with singles as the Blue Jays rallied from a seven-run deficit for the fifth time in franchise history.
Stewart began the inning with a single to left field off Ryan Bukvich before Frank Catalanotto, who turned 29 Sunday, beat out an infield single. Vernon Wells walked to load the bases and Carlos Delgado had an RBI groundout to cut the deficit to 9-5.
Josh Phelps doubled down the right field line to bring home Catalanotto and Wells and chase Bukvich. Eric Hinske greeted rookie closer Mike MacDougal (1-1) with a double to the wall in right field and Tom Wilson was hit with a 2-2 pitch to load the bases.
Dave Berg grounded into a forceout to score pinch-runner Jayson Werth and Mike Bordick followed with an RBI single to tie the score, 9-9. Stewart then hit a grounder in the hole that was backhanded by shortstop Angel Berroa. Trying to force Bordick at second, Berroa threw wildly into right field and Berg came home to give the Blue Jays their third win in four games.
It was the first blown save for MacDougal, who leads the major leagues with 10 saves.
Cliff Politte (1-2) struck out Mendy Lopez with two aboard to end the top of the ninth and notch the win.
Hernandez allowed just two runs and seven hits with one walk and four strikeouts. He was trying to join Mike Mussina of the New York Yankees and Esteban Loaiza of the Chicago White Sox as the only five-game winners in the American League.