The big blow was newcomer Abraham Almonte's second career grand slam, a shot into the right-field seats. It was Almonte's second home run this season and first grand slam since Aug. 30, 2015, when he was with the Indians.
Almonte, who was claimed off waivers earlier this month, jumped on a 1-0 two-seamer from Liriano and belted it a projected 425 feet, per Statcast™.
"I was looking for something up in the zone, kind of elevated and see if I could get a sac fly," Almonte said. "That was a good feeling. Every time that I do something to help my team to perform on the field and win, it's a great feeling."
Earlier on this road trip in Toronto, Almonte socked a 426-foot home run. He now has the Royals' two longest home runs this season.
"Been feeling better every game, every at-bat," Almonte said. "I'm getting more confident, seeing the ball better, feel like I stay more focused in the approach that I take to the plate every at-bat."
Whit Merrifield had homered earlier in the inning.
Almonte's homer came during the Royals' promotional Sonic Slam inning, and contestant Jadah Bradley of Eugene, Mo., won $25,000 for the grand slam.