Kansas City 8, Tampa Bay 2

Boxscore | Recap
Tuesday, June 26, 2012 8:10 PM
Location - Kauffman Stadium
Temperature - 93°
Umpires - Home Plate - Larry Vanover, First Base - Tony Randazzo, Second Base - Brian Gorman, Third Base - Todd Tichenor,
Attendance - 25982

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 X R H E
Tampa Bay 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 6 1
Kansas City 0 0 4 0 0 0 0 4 8 10 1

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Tampa Bay 40-34 21-15 19-19 L2
Kansas City 33-39 13-23 20-16 W2

Recap


Royals 8, Rays 2: Jeff Francoeur clubbed a three-run homer and Yuniesky Betancourt added a two-run blast as host Kansas City routed Tampa Bay for the second time in as many nights.

Royals left-hander Bruce Chen (7-6) won his second straight start, allowing two runs on five hits in seven innings. He struck out five and blanked the Rays over his last five frames.

Betancourt's fifth homer capped a four-run third inning and erased an early 2-0 deficit before Kansas City put the game out of reach with a four-run eighth that featured Francoeur's seventh blast.

Rookie Chris Archer (0-2), making his second career start, allowed four runs (three earned) on four hits while striking out seven in 5 2/3 innings.

Brooks Conrad homered for Tampa Bay, which dropped 5 1/2 games behind the front-running Yankees in the American League East.

Rays shortstop Sean Rodriguez made a pair of errors in the third to help the Royals tie it at 2-2 before Betancourt put them ahead to stay with his homer to left.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Royals SS Alcides Escobar extended his hitting streak to five games and has hit safely in 10 of his last 11. ... Archer is expected to head back to the minors with Jeremy Hellickson set to return from the 15-day disabled list. ... Francoeur's homer was his first against the Rays in 11 games. ... Chen improved to 7-2 in his last 10 starts. ... The temperature at game time was 93 degrees.

Top Game Performances

Starting Pitchers
Tampa Bay   Kansas City
Christopher Archer Player Bruce Chen
Loss W/L Win
5.2 IP 7.0
7 Strikeouts 5
5 Hits 5
6.35 ERA 1.29
Hitting
Tampa Bay   Kansas City
Jeff Keppinger Player Brayan Pena
2 Hits 2
0 RBI 0
0 HR 0
2 TB 2
.500 Avg .667

Team Stats Summary

Team Hits HR TB Avg LOB K RBI BB SB Errors
Tampa Bay 6 1 10 .188 8 7 1 1 0 1
Kansas City 10 2 18 .312 6 7 7 3 0 1

Upcoming Games

  • Kansas City will play their next game at home against Tampa Bay. The Royals have a W/L % of .485 after a win and .436 after a loss.
  • Tampa Bay will play their next game on the road against Kansas City. The Rays have a W/L % of .585 after a win and .485 after a loss.