After their May 2nd game was postponed due to snow, the KC Royals hosted the TB Rays on Monday afternoon (under a heat advisory). The Royals offense exploded for the 11-1 victory.
The Royals gave Rays starter Jeremy Hellickson his worst and shortest start of the season, as he was chased after recording just two outs in the 3rd inning.
Billy Butler delivered the first run on an RBI single with one out. The offense really broke through in the third with four hits and a walk. Butler drove in the first run of the inning on a single and Mike Moustakas followed with a run scoring double. After a Salvador Perez sac fly, Justin Maxwell drove in another run with a single.
Royals starter Jeremy Guthrie got into a bit of trouble in the fourth on James Loney‘s RBI single. Guthrie would allow another double to put runners at second and third base and one out, but he somehow escaped further damage.
Guthrie wasn’t sharp, but made it through five innings to pick up the win. He allowed one run on six hits and three walks while striking out five. He threw 62 of his 108 pitches for strikes. The Royals bullpen trio of Tim Collins, Louis Coleman, and Aaron Crow completely shut down the Rays offense. Collins threw two perfect innings of relief and threw just 18 pitches.
Meanwhile, the Royals offense blew the game open in the 6th inning with a five-spot.
Alex Gordon followed up Jarrod Dyson‘s leadoff single with an RBI triple. Rays reliever Cesar Ramos then recorded two outs without letting Gordon cross home plate. However, the Rays made the decision to walk Butler to get to Moose (who made them pay). Moose drove in one run with a single and Perez followed with a three-run home run.
The offensive explosion then gave guys like Gordon and Moose the rest of the day off.
Butler homered in the eighth inning to finish off the Royals scoring. It was his 13th homer of the season and he collected three hits, as did Emilio Bonifacio.
*The Royals also welcomed outfielder Wil Myers back to town for his first big league game at Kauffman Stadium. He went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts. He was not the only former Royal in the Rays lineup today. David DeJesus led off and was called out on strikes to end the fourth, which got Rays manager Joe Maddon ejected.
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