Tampa Bay 5, Kansas City 1

Boxscore | Recap
Monday, August 20, 2012 7:10 PM
Location - Tropicana Field
Temperature - Indoors
Umpires - Home Plate - Gary Darling, First Base - Paul Emmel, Second Base - Scott Barry, Third Base - Jerry Meals,
Attendance - 9913

Final Scoring Summary

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

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Kansas City 54-67 26-33 28-34 L1
Tampa Bay 68-54 33-27 35-27 W5

Recap


Rays 5, Royals 1:
Jeremy Hellickson pitched seven strong innings and Jeff Keppinger homered as host Tampa Bay cruised to its fifth straight win.

Desmond Jennings doubled in a run and Elliot Johnson and Jose Lobaton each chipped in an RBI single for the Rays, who have won 12 of 14 since Aug. 5 and are 2 1/2 games clear in the American League wild card race. They also moved to within four games of the New York Yankees in the AL East.

Hellickson (8-8) allowed one run on six hits and a walk while striking out six. The right-hander has allowed one or zero runs in four of his last six starts but had not won at Tropicana Field since May 16 - a span of seven starts.

Rookie left-hander Will Smith (4-5) could not match his counterpart. Tampa Bay got on the board in the second when Sean Rodriguez worked a one-out walk and Lobaton kept the inning alive with a two-out single to left. Johnson followed and sent a line drive to left, scoring Rodriguez.

The Royals got that run back in the third on Alex Gordon’s RBI single but Smith could not keep the Rays off the board, surrendering a leadoff triple to Jennings in the bottom of the frame and allowing him to score on a wild pitch.

Tampa Bay knocked Smith out in a two-run fourth that could have been worse, but Johnson was thrown out at home on a tremendous play. Gordon hit Alcides Escobar with a perfect cutoff throw and Escobar fired a bullet to catcher Salvador Perez, who blocked the plate to keep Johnson from scoring.

Keppinger’s sixth home run in the fifth inning made it a four-run gap.

GAME NOTEBOOK:
Kansas City had a three-game win streak come to an end. … Royals SS prospect Christian Colon could miss the rest of the season after taking a foul ball to the face last week. … Tampa Bay DH/1B Luke Scott (oblique) will return to the lineup Tuesday. Evan Longoria, who has been serving as the DH, could start playing third base again soon. … The Rays are a season-high 14 games over .500 (68-54).

Top Game Performances

Starting Pitchers
Kansas City   Tampa Bay
Will Smith Player Jeremy Hellickson
Loss W/L Win
3.2 IP 7.0
4 Strikeouts 6
8 Hits 6
9.82 ERA 1.29
Hitting
Kansas City   Tampa Bay
Alex Gordon Player Jose Lobaton
2 Hits 2
1 RBI 1
0 HR 0
2 TB 2
.667 Avg .667

Team Stats Summary

Team Hits HR TB Avg LOB K RBI BB SB Errors
Kansas City 7 0 7 .212 12 7 1 1 0 0
Tampa Bay 11 1 19 .333 12 8 4 3 1 2

Upcoming Games

  • Tampa Bay will play their next game at home against Kansas City. The Rays have a W/L % of .588 after a win and .519 after a loss.
  • Kansas City will play their next game on the road against Tampa Bay. The Royals have a W/L % of .455 after a win and .439 after a loss.