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Tampa Bay at Kansas City

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Tampa Bay (61-43)000001000170
Kansas City (47-59) «10011030x6110

Royals 6, Rays 1

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Billy Butler is enjoying his torrid stretch at the plate, even if he isn't sure why he's in such a groove offensively.

Butler homered and drove in four runs, Kyle Davies picked up his first victory in more than a month and the Royals beat the Tampa Bay Rays 6-1 Sunday to salvage a split of their four-game series.

Butler, who was sent back to the minors for a month on May 29, is hitting .341 with four homers and 14 RBI in nine games since the All-Star break.

"When you're going good, you're going to produce runs," Butler said. "I don't feel like I'm doing anything different, but obviously I'm swinging it better. Maybe, I'm getting more comfortable. I'm not worried about anything.

"Maybe I made some adjustments, but maybe it's just relaxing and swinging at good pitches. That's the key to hitting if you can swing at the right pitches."

Butler hit an RBI double in the fourth and a three-run drive off the left-field foul pole in the seventh on a full-count pitch from Al Reyes.

"It is the first time I've seen the guy, so I didn't feel comfortable going up there and swinging at the first pitch," Butler said of facing Reyes. "After a while, I saw a lot of pitches off him and saw his timing. I just got a pitch to drive. I feel like I'm a better later count hitter. The more pitches I see, the better timing I get. At that point in the at-bat, I saw every pitch he had."

The Rays walked David DeJesus intentionally to pitch to Butler.

"You've got to earn respect and maybe I did a little bit," Butler said. "I'm a young player. They'd rather pitch to me than Dave. He's a lefty and he's having a good year."

Davies (4-2) gave up one run and six hits in five-plus innings, getting his first win since June 17 at St. Louis.

Carl Crawford singled in B.J. Upton in the sixth, and Ron Mahay replaced Davies with no outs and runners on second and third. The left-hander struck out Carlos Pena, retired Willy Aybar on an infield popup and got pinch-hitter Jonny Gomes to fly out to left to end the inning.

"I already told Ron wherever he wants to go I'll buy him food," Davies said. "He did an incredible job of getting out of that jam. That's not an easy part of the lineup to go through especially with runners on second and third and nobody out and a two-run game."

Mahay has allowed just two earned runs in 24 2/3 innings over his past 20 outings.

"I lucked out against a tough team like that, a first-place club, and tough hitters to face," Mahay said. "I was fortunate enough to get a strikeout and a couple of flyballs."

Pena hit .419 with four home runs against the Royals this year, but couldn't come up with a big hit in the sixth.

"We're not scoring runs when the rally is apparent," Pena said. "A perfect example was against Mahay. We were looking for the momentum to go our way. Mahay came in and twisted it around."

Davies (4-2) was 0-2 in his previous six starts after going 3-0 in his first four outings of the year.

Mike Aviles homered in the first and scored on DeJesus' two-out double in the fifth to give the Royals a 3-0 lead.

Andy Sonnanstine (10-6) allowed five runs and eight hits in 6 2/3 innings for AL East-leading Tampa Bay, which began the day with a two-game lead over Boston. Sonnanstine has lost his last three starts, yielding 14 runs and 22 hits in 19 innings.

"Sonnanstine pitched really well," Rays manager Joe Maddon said. "We had chances to score and didn't get it done. The sixth inning was huge, runners at second and third and did not score. A strikeout is not a good out in that situation."

Notes

OF Jose Guillen was held out of the Royals lineup with a left groin injury. ... Tampa Bay's Evan Longoria leads all big league rookies with 46 extra-base hits.

 
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Players of the Game
Kansas City

K. Davies
IP 5.0
H 6
ER 1
BB 2
K 2
Kansas City

B. Butler
AB 3
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 4
 
Tampa Bay Rays
Akinori Iwamura, 2B4010010 .275
B.J. Upton, CF2110210 .270
Carl Crawford, LF4011002 .267
Evan Longoria, 3B4020001 .279
Carlos Pena, 1B3020012 .243
Willy Aybar, DH4000006 .224
Gabe Gross, RF2000012 .221
   a- Jonny Gomes, PH-RF1000002 .194
   b- Eric Hinske, PH0000000 .254
Shawn Riggans, C4000002 .241
Jason Bartlett, SS4000000 .254
Totals3217124  
a-flied out for Gross in the 6th
b-hit by pitch for Gomes in the 9th
Batting
2B - Akinori Iwamura (19, Davies), Evan Longoria (26, Davies), Carlos Pena (12, Davies)
RBI - Carl Crawford (51)
SB - B.J. Upton (31, 2nd base off Davies/Olivo)
Team LOB - 8
Tampa Bay Rays
Andy Sonnanstine (L,10-6) 6.2855221 4.65
Al Reyes0211001 4.58
Trever Miller 0.1100000 5.13
Jason Hammel 1000000 4.47
IBB - DeJesus by Andy Sonnanstine
WP - Al Reyes (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Andy Sonnanstine 94-63, Al Reyes 15-11, Trever Miller 8-5, Jason Hammel 13-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Andy Sonnanstine 6-12, Jason Hammel 1-2
Batters Faced - Andy Sonnanstine 30, Al Reyes 2, Trever Miller 2, Jason Hammel 3
Kansas City Royals
Esteban German, 2B5110000 .252
Mike Aviles, SS4221001 .306
David DeJesus, LF3221100 .305
Billy Butler, DH3124101 .257
Alex Gordon, 3B4010012 .247
Mark Teahen, RF4020001 .248
Ross Gload, 1B4010012 .269
Miguel Olivo, C4000003 .246
Mitch Maier, CF4000000 .111
Totals35611622  
Batting
2B - Esteban German (6, Sonnanstine), David DeJesus 2 (18, Sonnanstine, Sonnanstine), Billy Butler (14, Sonnanstine)
HR - Mike Aviles (5, Sonnanstine), Billy Butler (6, Reyes)
RBI - Mike Aviles (26), David DeJesus (55), Billy Butler 4 (33)
2-OUT RBI - David DeJesus (20), Billy Butler 3 (15)
SB - Esteban German (6, 3rd base off Reyes/Riggans)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - German-Aviles-Gload, Gordon-German-Gload
Kansas City Royals
Kyle Davies (W,4-2) 5611220 4.34
Ron Mahay (H,17) 2000010 1.81
Leo Nunez 1100010 2.13
Joakim Soria 1000000 1.57
HBP - Pena (by Leo Nunez), Hinske (by Joakim Soria)
WP - Kyle Davies (5)
Pitches-Strikes - Kyle Davies 83-47, Ron Mahay 22-14, Leo Nunez 17-14, Joakim Soria 5-3
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kyle Davies 4-8, Joakim Soria 1-1
Batters Faced - Kyle Davies 22, Ron Mahay 6, Leo Nunez 5, Joakim Soria 3
Game Information
Attendance - 13779
Game Time - 2:37
Temperature - 91
Umpires - Home - Brian O'Nora, First Base - Tom Hallion, Second Base - Jerry Crawford, Third Base - Paul Nauert