American League Game Summary - Kansas City at Tampa Bay
(Tuesday, July 8)
Final Score: Tampa Bay 4, Kansas City 3
St. Petersburg, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - Evan Longoria hit a go-ahead two-run
single in the sixth inning and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Kansas City Royals
4-3 on Tuesday in the second tilt of a three-game set.
Brandon Guyer finished 3-for-4 with two runs scored and James Loney and Logan
Forsythe each drove in a run for the Rays, who have won four of their last
Brad Boxberger (2-1) earned the win after tossing 1 2/3 scoreless innings of
relief for starter Jeremy Hellickson, who gave up just one run on six hits in
4 1/3 frames in his 2014 debut after having offseason elbow surgery.
"Way too many three-ball counts. The pitch count kind of snuck up on me a
little bit," said Hellickson.
Lorenzo Cain tripled among his four hits and Salvador Perez drove in three
runs for Kansas City, which has dropped three of its last four. Jason Vargas
(8-4) gave up two runs on six hits and two walks in 5 2/3 innings.
Tampa Bay went ahead in the sixth. Ben Zobrist led off with a single and went
to third after Guyer hustled to second on a line-drive double to left with no
outs. Longoria brought in both runners with a base hit to right, making it a
Kansas City squandered a great opportunity in the seventh, Cain's two-out
liner eluded a diving Kevin Kiermaier in right field for a triple. After
Eric Hosmer walked, Perez grounded out to pitcher Grant Balfour to strand the
tying run at third.
Guyer singled and Longoria reached on a fielder's choice to start the eighth.
Loney's double into the right-field corner plated Guyer and Forsythe's sac fly
to deep right brought around Longoria and pushed the advantage to 4-1.
The Royals got within one in the ninth. Cain singled and Hosmer doubled before
Perez plated them both with a base hit. Jake McGee recovered, getting Alex
Gordon to ground out before striking out Omar Infante for his sixth save of
"We kept fighting until the end," said Cain. "We did our best to make a
comeback there but fell short."
The Royals opened the scoring in the fifth. Cain singled to left with one out
and moved to second on a wild pitch. Hosmer's grounder to left placed runners
on the corners and chased Hellickson from the game. Perez's RBI groundout off
Boxberger scored Cain.
Loney hit his 20th double of the season and got his 44th RBI ... Prior to the
game, the Royals signed pitcher Joe Saunders to a minor-league contract and
assigned him to Triple-A Omaha ...The Royals finished 2-for-12 with runners in
scoring position and left 11 men on base ... Hosmer extended his hitting
streak to eight games.
07/09 01:49:10 ET
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