Kansas City 5, Tampa Bay 4

Boxscore | Recap
Wednesday, June 27, 2012 2:10 PM
Location - Kauffman Stadium
Temperature - 97°
Umpires - Home Plate - Tony Randazzo, First Base - Brian Gorman, Second Base - Todd Tichenor, Third Base - Larry Vanover,
Attendance - 19228

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 X R H E
Tampa Bay 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 2 0 4 9 0
Kansas City 1 0 1 0 2 0 0 1 5 11 1

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Tampa Bay 40-35 21-15 19-20 L3
Kansas City 34-39 14-23 20-16 W3

Recap


Royals 5, Rays 4: Billy Butler slammed the go-ahead home run in the eighth inning and host Kansas City completed a three-game sweep of Tampa Bay.

Mike Moustakas and Alcides Escobar also swatted solo homers for the Royals, who swept the Rays in a three-game set for the first time since May 2001.

Butler drilled his 15th homer off Burke Badenhop (1-2), who had relieved Rays starter Matt Moore with one out in the eighth inning.

Yuniesky Betancourt added a two-run single for Kansas City, which squandered a 4-0 lead before sending Tampa Bay to its sixth loss in eight games.

Aaron Crow (1-1) went two-thirds of an inning for the victory and closer Jonathan Broxton worked around a one-out walk ninth for his 19th save.

Ben Zobrist had three hits and three RBIs, including a tying two-run triple in the top of the eighth before he was thrown out at the plate trying to score on a groundout.

Royals left-hander Everett Teaford, recalled from Triple-A Omaha earlier in the day, blanked the Rays on three hits through five innings but was pulled after the first two batters reached in the sixth.

Moore lasted 7 1/3 innings, allowing four runs on a career-high 10 hits in the 100-degree heat.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Escobar went 3-for-3 to extend his hitting streak to six games and give him seven multi-hit games in his last 11. His homer was his first since April 18. ... Rays DH Luke Scott is expected to be activated for Thursday's game against Detroit. Closer Kyle Farnsworth will make a second straight rehab appearance Thursday and could rejoin the team over the weekend. ... Kansas City turned four double plays. ... Zobrist has 21 RBIs in 30 career games against Kansas City.

Top Game Performances

Starting Pitchers
Tampa Bay   Kansas City
Matt Moore Player Everett Teaford
No Decision W/L No Decision
7.1 IP 5.0
5 Strikeouts 5
10 Hits 4
4.91 ERA 3.60
Hitting
Tampa Bay   Kansas City
Desmond Jennings Player Alcides Escobar
3 Hits 3
0 RBI 1
0 HR 1
4 TB 7
.750 Avg 1.000

Team Stats Summary

Team Hits HR TB Avg LOB K RBI BB SB Errors
Tampa Bay 9 0 13 .281 20 10 4 6 1 0
Kansas City 11 3 23 .355 9 5 5 2 0 1

Upcoming Games

  • Kansas City will play their next game on the road against Minnesota. The Royals have a W/L % of .500 after a win and .436 after a loss.
  • Tampa Bay will play their next game at home against Detroit. The Rays have a W/L % of .585 after a win and .471 after a loss.