Final Score: Kansas City 8, Tampa Bay 2
Kansas City, MO (Sports Network) - Mike Moustakas drove in three runs during a
late-game offensive surge and James Shields overcame a shaky first inning to
get the win against his former club, as the Kansas City Royals beat the Tampa
Bay Rays, 8-2, in the opener of a three-game series at Kauffman Stadium.
Moustakas highlighted a four-run sixth inning with his first homer of the
season and sparked a three-run seventh with a sacrifice fly.
Lorenzo Cain, Salvador Perez and Jeff Francoeur each had two hits and knocked
in a run for the Royals, who snapped a two-game losing skid and have won four
of six overall.
Dealt by the Rays to the Royals in December, Shields (2-2) tossed seven
innings and retired the final 13 batters he faced. He gave up a two-run homer
to Matt Joyce in the opening frame before settling down to allow just two hits
over his final six innings.
"It was a lot of fun facing that team. There's a lot of good memories over
there," Shields said.
Kansas City was held off the board through the first 5 2/3 innings by
Tampa Bay starter Alex Cobb (3-2).
The Royals mustered only four hits -- all singles -- against Cobb before
stringing together six straight two-out hits to chase the right-hander.
Eric Hosmer doubled and scored on a base hit by Cain. Moustakas followed with
a drive over the right-field wall to put Kansas City up 3-2. Perez then
singled home Francoeur, who had doubled.
After Elliot Johnson singled, Jamey Wright retired Alex Gordon on a grounder
The Royals loaded the bases in the seventh and Moustakas plated Alcides
Escobar with a fly ball to right. Cain then stole second and an errant throw
by catcher Jose Molina allowed Hosmer to score. Francoeur made it 7-2 with a
triple to right.
Billy Butler added a sac fly in the eighth for Kansas City's final run.
Desmond Jennings singled to begin the game and Joyce followed with a blast to
right-center field. Evan Longoria then drew a one-out walk and James Loney
doubled, but Shields, who pitched for Tampa Bay from 2006-12, fanned both
Yunel Escobar and Luke Scott to avoid further damage.
"He's very good, he's young and he's a great competitor," Rays manager Joe
Maddon said of Shields. "He's going to pitch very well here."
Shields is the Rays' all-time leaders in wins (87), games started (217),
innings pitched (1,454 2/3) and strikeouts (1,250) ... The Rays tied the team
record for consecutive games with a homer at 15 ... Loney had three of Tampa
Bay's eight hits ... The Rays activated Scott from the 15-day disabled list
prior to the game, and he made his season debut Tuesday, going 0-for-4, after
being sidelined with a right calf strain. To make room for Scott on the
roster, the club designated outfielder Shelley Duncan for assignment.
05/01 01:29:16 ET
Powered by The Sports Network.
Home Town Experts
Terms and Conditions
Contact Fox San Antonio
EEO Public File Report
FCC Public File
KABB Fox News 29 San Antonio provides local news, weather forecasts, traffic updates, investigations, notices of events and items of interest in the community, sports and entertainment programming for San Antonio and nearby towns and communities in South Central Texas, including Bandera, Boerne, Carrizo Springs, Castroville, Cibolo, Converse, Crystal City, Cuero, Del Rio, Devine, Eagle Pass, Floresville, Fredericksburg, Goliad, Helotes, Hondo, Kerrville, Live Oak, New Braunfels, Pearsall, Pleasanton, Poteet, Poth, Sabinal, San Marcos, Seguin, Schertz, Somerset, Universal City, Uvalde, Windcrest.