American League Game Summary - Kansas City at Tampa Bay
(Saturday, June 15th)
Final Score: Tampa Bay 5, Kansas City 3
St. Petersburg, FL (Sports Network) - Luke Scott went 2-for-3 with a two-run
homer, while Evan Longoria added a home run and two RBI as the Tampa Bay
Rays downed the Kansas City Royals, 5-3, in the third test of a four-game
set at Tropicana Field.
Matt Joyce also homered for the Rays, who had dropped five of their last six
games entering the contest.
Starting pitcher Alex Cobb left the game in the fifth inning after he was
struck in the right side of the head with a line drive off the bat of Royals
first baseman Eric Hosmer.
With no outs in the top of the fifth, Cobb delivered a 2-1 fastball that
Hosmer ripped back up the middle, catching the right-hander squarely on the
right side of his head.
Cobb immediately grabbed his head and fell to the ground, where he remained
for several minutes as he was tended to by the Tampa Bay training staff before
being eventually removed from the field on a stretcher.
Cobb, who remained conscious the entire time, was transported to Bayfront
Medical Center where he was diagnosed with a mild concussion. All other
medical tests came back normal.
"It was one of those really, really bad moments. Everyone feels terrible about
it, but it is a part of our game," said Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon. "It
stinks sometimes, and it is a horrible moment to witness."
He allowed two runs on four hits and walked three over 4 1/3 innings prior
Alex Torres (2-0) earned the win after spinning 1 2/3 perfect innings of
relief. Fernando Rodney stranded a pair of runners in the ninth to pick up his
14th save of the season.
Salvador Perez had two hits, including a solo homer, while Alex Gordon and
Hosmer added one RBI apiece for Kansas City, which lost for just the
second time in 11 games.
Jeremy Guthrie (7-4) was tagged with the loss after giving up five runs --
four earned -- on eight hits over seven innings. He walked three without
striking out a batter.
"Giving them five (runs) is a little unusual, but we are still capable of
putting up more than five, but we couldn't do it tonight," said Royals second
baseman, and former Tampa Bay Ray, Elliot Johnson.
The Rays pushed a run across in the first inning to take an early lead. Ben
Zobrist singled and moved to second when Hosmer couldn't handle Guthrie's
pickoff attempt. Zobrist then advanced to third on Scott's infield single
before coming around on Longoria's sacrifice fly to right.
Kansas City, though, took the lead in second inning. Gordon worked a bases-
loaded walk to force Mike Moustakas across and Hosmer followed with a
sacrifice fly to center to score Elliot Johnson.
Scott gave Tampa Bay the lead for good with his two-run shot in the third
inning. Zobrist singled before Scott belted a Guthrie pitch, with the ball
just clearing the wall in right-center field.
Joyce homered in the fifth and Longoria led off the sixth with another solo
shot to make it 5-2.
Perez's solo homer in the eighth accounted for the final margin.
Joyce has homered four times over his last six games ... Longoria has hit
safely in eight straight games ... The Royals were 0-for-5 with runners in
scoring position and left nine runners on base ... Perez has hit safely in 11
straight games ... Guthrie was charged with his first loss since May 25
against the Angels.
06/15 22:46:14 ET
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