Final Score: Kansas City 4, Tampa Bay 2
Kansas City, MO (SportsNetwork.com) - Jason Vargas hurled eight-plus strong
innings as the Kansas City Royals downed the Tampa Bay Rays, 4-2, in the
opener of a three-game set.
Vargas (1-0) allowed just one run -- a solo homer in the ninth -- among four
hits to earn his first win in a Royals uniform. The southpaw has allowed just
two runs this season.
"We got the big three-run hit late, and Vargas gave us a heck of a start. We
played great defensively and kind of played a solid all around game," said
Royals closer Greg Holland.
Alcides Escobar hit a three-run double and Eric Hosmer added an RBI single
for the Royals, who took two of three from the White Sox over the weekend.
Royals second baseman Omar Infante left the game in the seventh inning after
taking a Heath Bell change-up to the face. He left the game bleeding and will
be evaluated on Tuesday.
Holland relieved Vargas in the ninth and allowed one run, but settled
down to earn his third save of the season.
Ben Zobrist went 2-for-4 with a solo homer and Matt Joyce added a pinch-hit
Matt Moore (0-2) left the game in the fifth inning with a left elbow
injury. The southpaw delivered a pitch to Royals outfielder Norichika
Aoki and grimaced in pain. He was visited at the mound by manager Joe
Maddon and the Rays training staff before exiting.
"There is so much stress going on in that joint. That would suck if that were
the case for me," Moore said of the possibility of a serious injury to his
elbow. "At this point the tests and stress stuff they're doing on me is not
making me feel too concerned in that regard."
He allowed one run on four hits before leaving.
The Royals got on the board in the first inning. Aoki tripled to lead off the
frame then scored when Hosmer stroked a base hit to left field.
Kansas City tacked on three more in the sixth. With the bases loaded and two
outs, Escobar hammered Heath Bell's offering to the wall in left field to
clear the bases.
Zobrist led off the ninth with a towering homer deep into the seats in left
field, spelling the end of Moore's night. Later in the frame, Logan Forsythe
moved to second on a James Loney ground out then scored on Joyce's base hit
that just cleared the glove of a leaping Danny Valencia and into right field.
Holland then got David DeJesus to strike out on a foul tip to seal the win.
Vargas struck out two and walked one in the win ... The Royals placed left-
handers Francisley Bueno and Tim Collins on the 15-day disabled list and
recalled lefty Donnie Joseph and right-hander Michael Mariot from Omaha ...
Aoki went 2-for-4 ... Tampa Bay was 1-for-5 with RISP and left six runners on
04/08 02:13:27 ET
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