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Rays' Davis bests Royals' Greinke in 1-0 pitching duel

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Wade Davis keeps winning against the AL's top starters.

Davis beat Zack Greinke in a scintillating pitchers' duel, and Evan Longoria homered to lift the Tampa Bay Rays over the Kansas City Royals 1-0 on Sunday.

"Davis was wonderful," Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon said. "He had to pitch like that or we wouldn't have beaten that guy. Their guy was fabulous. He could have pitched 15 innings. He only had 80-some pitches."

Davis (3-1), the Rays' No. 5 starter, allowed three hits, three walks and struck out five in seven innings during his latest matchup with an American League ace. The right-hander has faced the opposing team's opening day starter -- including New York Yankees lefty CC Sabathia and Boston's Josh Beckett -- in all five of his starts this year.

"It's huge when you can beat a guy like [Greinke] that only gives up one run," Davis said.

Greinke (0-3) allowed four hits in his 10th career complete game and first this season. The 2009 AL Cy Young Award winner, who has yielded just three runs over 22 innings in his last three starts, struck out six and hit a batter with a pitch.

"By the end of the year things will even out like they always do," said Greinke, who has a 2.27 ERA over six starts.

Tampa Bay, which has won 15 of 19, split the four-game series with the Royals.

Longoria put the Rays ahead in the fourth with his sixth homer. He had been hitless in 10 at-bats against Greinke before a first-inning single.

"I think he probably just made the only mistake he made all game," Longoria said. "It was a slider out over the plate. He'd probably say the same thing. He pitched a heck of a game. Didn't really make too many mistakes to other guys. Sometimes it's that one pitch that you've got to capitalize on to win games like this."

Greinke threw 65 of 87 pitches for strikes and did not go to a three-ball count.

"A guy's got to be able to make one mistake," Royals manager Trey Hillman said. "It's tough. No run support once again for Zack. It's been a continuing theme this year. It's a shame."

After Randy Choate and Dan Wheeler combined for a perfect eighth, Rafael Soriano pitched the ninth for his sixth save.

Kansas City put a man on second in four innings against Davis, who worked out of trouble by holding the Royals to 0 for 9 with runners in scoring position.

"Bad at-bats," Hillman said. "Didn't make adjustments. Davis' stuff was real good, especially on right-handers. We weren't able to make adjustments against good stuff."

Greinke dropped to 0-4 in 10 games -- including seven starts -- against Tampa Bay. The Rays are the only AL opponent the right-hander has never beaten.

"Good-pitched game by both teams," Royals catcher Jason Kendall said.

Notes

  • All of Greinke's losses to Tampa Bay have come at Tropicana Field.
  • Tampa Bay is 11-3 against Kansas City since the start of last season.
  • Rays LF Carl Crawford was rested. He entered in the ninth as a defensive replacement.
  • Royals SS Yuniesky Betancourt went 0 for 3 and is hitless in his last 19 at-bats.
  • Longoria is 16 for 35 during a nine-game hitting streak.
  • The Royals have lost their last five 1-0 games.
  • The Rays went 6-3 during a nine-game homestand.
 
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Wade Davis is at his best with seven strong innings against defending Cy Young winner Zack Greinke.  (AP)
Wade Davis is at his best with seven strong innings against defending Cy Young winner Zack Greinke. (AP)

Players of the Game
Tampa Bay

E. Longoria
AB 3
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
Tampa Bay

W. Davis
IP 7.0
H 3
ER 0
BB 3
K 5
 

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Kansas City Royals
David DeJesus, RF3010100 .277
Scott Podsednik, LF4000013 .326
Billy Butler, 1B4000021 .320
Jose Guillen, DH3010110 .293
    Willie Bloomquist, PR-DH0000000 .148
Alberto Callaspo, 3B3000111 .292
Jason Kendall, C3010002 .287
   a- Rick Ankiel, PH1000010 .210
Mitch Maier, CF2000113 .237
Yuniesky Betancourt, SS3000004 .277
Chris Getz, 2B3000001 .179
Totals2903047  
a-struck out for Kendall in the 9th
Batting
2B - David DeJesus (8, Davis), Jason Kendall (4, Davis)
Team LOB - 6
Kansas City Royals
Zack Greinke (L,0-3) 8411061 2.27
HBP - Brignac (by Zack Greinke)
Pitches-Strikes - Zack Greinke 87-65
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Zack Greinke 7-11
Batters Faced - Zack Greinke 29
Tampa Bay Rays
Jason Bartlett, SS4000003 .255
Ben Zobrist, RF4000021 .253
Evan Longoria, 3B3121000 .347
Carlos Pena, 1B3000021 .224
Willy Aybar, DH3000010 .267
B.J. Upton, CF3000010 .242
John Jaso, C3000000 .357
Reid Brignac, 2B2000000 .271
    Carl Crawford, LF0000000 .326
Sean Rodriguez, LF-2B3020000 .220
Totals2814106  
Batting
HR - Evan Longoria (6, Greinke)
RBI - Evan Longoria (19)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
DP - Bartlett-Pena
E - Reid Brignac (2, Throwing)
Tampa Bay Rays
Wade Davis (W,3-1) 7300350 2.79
Randy Choate (H,3) 0.2000000 8.22
Dan Wheeler (H,3) 0.1000010 2.08
Rafael Soriano (S,6) 1000110 2.45
Pitches-Strikes - Wade Davis 102-67, Randy Choate 7-4, Dan Wheeler 4-3, Rafael Soriano 17-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Wade Davis 5-11, Randy Choate 1-1, Rafael Soriano 1-0
Batters Faced - Wade Davis 27, Randy Choate 2, Dan Wheeler 1, Rafael Soriano 3
Game Information
Attendance - 19757
Game Time - 2:15
Temperature - 72
Umpires - Home - Brian O'Nora, First Base - Phil Cuzzi, Second Base - Chris Guccione, Third Base - Jerry Crawford