American League Game Summary - Tampa Bay at Kansas City|
(Monday, June 25th)
Final Score: Kansas City 8, Tampa Bay 0
Kansas City, MO (Sports Network) - Luke Hochevar tossed the second shutout of
his career as the Kansas City Royals defeated the Tampa Bay Rays, 8-0, in the
opener of a three-game series at Kauffman Stadium.
Hochevar (5-7) struck out eight while scattering seven hits and a walk to
record his first shutout since September 18, 2009.
"I just felt like I made good pitches tonight," Hochevar said. "I felt [Royals
catcher Salvador Perez] called a great game, we played great defense and
obviously swung the bats really well. When everything like that comes
together, it usually makes for a pretty good night."
Yuniesky Betancourt had three RBI while Eric Hosmer homered and knocked in a
pair for the Royals, who snapped a three-game slide.
Alex Cobb (3-4) gave up eight runs on 13 hits in his first career complete
game for the Rays, whose bullpen was shorthanded after a day-night
doubleheader on Sunday.
"The first three, four innings it was a grind. I felt like everything I was
throwing up there was getting hit, almost like they knew what was coming,"
Tampa Bay, which did not record an extra-base hit in the contest, lost for the
fourth time in six games.
After the Rays left a man on second in the top of the first inning, Kansas
City broke through in the bottom of the frame when Alex Gordon hit a leadoff
double and came home two batters later on a double to right by Mike Moustakas
that bounced off the tip of Ben Zobrist's glove.
Tampa Bay stranded the tying run on third in the third inning before the
Royals added to their lead in the home half.
Alcides Escobar and Gordon started the rally with back-to-back singles and
moved up to second and third on a wild pitch before both came home on
Betancourt's base hit up the middle.
Jeff Francoeur, Hosmer and Perez would later hit three straight RBI singles to
extend Kansas City's advantage up to 6-0.
Betancourt's sacrifice fly in the fourth inning and Hosmer's solo shot to
left-center field in the eighth capped the scoring as Hochevar did not allow a
runner to advance past first base after stranding a man on second in the fifth
Hochevar improved to 2-2 in seven career appearances against the Rays...Cobb
fell to 1-1 in two starts against Kansas City...Tampa Bay leads the all-time
series between the teams, 65-49...The Royals hit 6-for-9 with runners in
scoring position and left three men on base...The Rays went 0-for-7 with
runners in scoring position and stranded six.
06/26 00:08:26 ET