Final Score: Kansas City 11, Tampa Bay 1
Kansas City, MO (Sports Network) - Billy Butler finished 3-for-3 with a solo
homer, three RBI and three runs scored, as the Kansas City Royals routed the
Tampa Bay Rays, 11-1, in a makeup game at Kauffman Stadium.
The contest was originally supposed to be played on May 2, but a snow storm in
Kansas City forced the game to be rescheduled for Monday.
Salvador Perez clubbed a three-run homer and registered four RBI, while Mike
Moustakas added two hits, two RBI and a run scored for the Royals, who have
won back-to-back games on the heels of a seven-game slide.
"We were bound to score some runs after having a tough stretch," Butler said.
"Everybody wants to make something out of it, but it's just part of the
season. The guys in here never panicked and won't continue. Nothing comes as a
surprise for us."
The offensive outburst provided more than enough run support for starter
Jeremy Guthrie (13-10), who gave up one run on six hits and three walks while
striking out five over five frames.
Matt Joyce collected three of Tampa Bay's seven hits and scored the team's
only run, as the Rays dropped their second straight game to fall 1 1/2 games
back of idle Boston atop the AL East.
"We hit the ball hard all day long and they were able to make some plays, run
some balls down," Rays outfielder David DeJesus said. "They were getting those
little dinky hits, but those dinky hits were adding up and then a big hit.
Those add-on runs were huge for them."
Jeremy Hellickson (10-8) had a forgettable outing, yielding five runs on seven
hits and two walks in just 2 2/3 innings to absorb the loss.
Butler put the Royals on the board with an RBI single in the first, then added
another run-scoring base hit in the third to make it 2-0. Moustakas followed
with an RBI double down the right-field line before Perez lifted a sacrifice
fly to left to score Butler for a 4-0 lead.
Justin Maxwell capped Kansas City's four-run third with a run-scoring single
to right to push the margin to 5-0.
Joyce led off the fourth with a double and scored two batters later on a James
Loney single, but the Royals tacked on five more runs in the sixth to put the
game out of reach.
Jarrod Dyson started the rally with a single, stole second, and scored easily
on Alex Gordon's triple to right. Rays reliever Cesar Ramos retired the next
two batters before intentionally walking Butler to get to Moustakas, who
smacked a single to center to score Gordon.
Two pitches later, Perez pummeled a fastball into the bullpen in left field
to make it 10-1.
Butler belted a two-out blast in the eighth to account for the final margin.
Kansas City took six of the seven meetings with Tampa Bay this season,
outscoring them 53-22 ... Hellickson fell to 0-5 over his last six starts ...
Tampa Bay went 1-for-8 with runners in scoring position and left nine men on
08/26 22:48:26 ET
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