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Hosmer's walk-off 2B lifts Royals over Rays in 10

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Joakim Soria was at his best when the Kansas City Royals needed it most on Saturday night.

Soria worked out of a bases-loaded, no-out jam in the 10th and Eric Hosmer doubled home the winning run in the bottom of the inning and the Royals rallied for a 5-4 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays.

The Royals have won four straight to match their season-high winning streak.

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The Rays loaded the bases in the 10th with none out, but failed to score.

Rookie Aaron Crow, the Royals' representative at the All-Star game, began the inning by walking Evan Longoria and B.J. Upton. He was replaced by Soria, who gave up a single to Matt Joyce to load the bases.

Soria (5-3) got Casey Kotchman on a comebacker, forcing out Longoria at home. He struck out pinch hitter Sam Fuld and Elliot Johnson looking to end the 10th.

"You can't say enough about Soria, the job he did," Royals manager Ned Yost said. "Bases loaded, nobody out and that's why he's so great. He doesn't get flustered. He doesn't panic. He just continues to make pitches and got us out of it and put us in a spot where we could win. This is probably as excited as I've been for a win all year."

Mike Moustakas, who drove in the first three Kansas City runs, knew Soria was going to work out of the jam.

"When you've got a guy on the mound like that everyone on that field is confident." Moustakas said. "We knew we were going into that dugout still tied. We knew we were going to have a chance to win that game in the bottom of the 10th because we had Jack out there. He does what he does. He's arguably one of the best closers in the game. He shut it down. He held us there and Hosmer ended up with a big hit and we're celebrating right now."

Johnson struck out on three pitches to end the Rays 10th and strand three runners.

"All three [pitches] looked like hard four-seamers with a little baby cut to them," Johnson said. "Soria looks like he's throwing a lot harder than he really is. You look up on the scoreboard and see 92 and you think it was harder than that. He made three really good pitches to me. I've got to be ready to hit on those. They were way too close to take. I've got to take the bat off my shoulder and be ready to hit. I've got to do something. I've got to try to do something with that pitch and be ready to hit."

Brandon Gomes (0-1) threw two pitches in the 10th and took the loss. Billy Butler singled to right to lead off the inning. Mike Aviles ran for Butler and scored on Hosmer's double to left-center.

"I had a pretty good idea it was splitting [the outfielders]," Hosmer said. "With Mikey on first, I was just yelling for him to run, run, run, hoping he would score. I saw he got a good jump off the bat. This is definitely one of the bigger wins for us -- to be down to the last out and the next inning first and second with Soria coming in and shutting them down."

Alex Gordon's two-out double in the bottom of the ninth scored Alcides Escobar to tie the score at 4-4.

Kyle Farnsworth, who pitched for the Royals the past two seasons, blew his fourth save in 23 attempts.

Desmond Jennings tripled, doubled, scored two runs and drove in a run for the Rays. Jennings, a highly touted prospect who was just recalled from Triple-A Durham, also, walked twice and stole a base.

Jennings led off the game with a triple and scored on Ben Zobrist's one-out double off Royals left-hander Jeff Francis. The Rays could have added more in the first, but left the bases loaded on Kotchman's ground out to end the inning.

Jeff Niemann left after six innings, holding the Royals to three runs, two earned, and seven hits, while striking out four and walking none. Niemann is 2-0 with a 1.32 ERA in four July starts.

Johnson tripled to lead off the second and scored on Jennings' double.

Moustakas, who drove in the first three Kansas City runs, doubled home Butler, who had reached on an Longoria fielding error, and Hosmer, who had singled, to tie the score at 2-2 in the fourth. Moustakas' sacrifice fly in the sixth scored Hosmer.

Zobrist and Longoria hit back-to-back doubles in the fifth to put the Rays back on top 3-2. With two out in the sixth, Jennings walked and scored on Johnny Damon's double.

Francis, who is winless in his past seven starts, allowed three runs and nine hits in five innings, while striking out six and walking two.

Notes

  • Escobar, the only Royal to play in all the first 100 games, was back in the lineup Saturday. He left in the sixth inning Friday after being spiked in the right shin by Rays OF Sam Fuld when he slid into second base to break up a double play.
  • Jennings became the 13th rookie used by the Rays this season. That's the most by any big league club. The Royals have played 11 rookies, including eight pitchers, this season.
  • Rookie RHP Greg Holland struck out six in three innings, matching the Royals high for strikeouts this season by a reliever.
 
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Rookie first baseman Eric Hosmer celebrates with his Royals teammates after his RBI double defeats Tampa Bay in 10 innings. (AP)
Rookie first baseman Eric Hosmer celebrates with his Royals teammates after his RBI double defeats Tampa Bay in 10 innings. (AP)

Players of the Game
Kansas City

E. Hosmer
AB 5
R 2
H 3
HR 0
RBI 1
Tampa Bay

D. Jennings
AB 3
R 2
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
 

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Tampa Bay Rays
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Desmond Jennings, LF3221210 .667
Johnny Damon, DH5011024 .279
Ben Zobrist, RF-2B5121022 .266
Evan Longoria, 3B4021110 .243
B.J. Upton, CF4000123 .229
Sean Rodriguez, 2B3000101 .211
   a- Matt Joyce, PH-RF1010000 .289
Casey Kotchman, 1B5010017 .329
Kelly Shoppach, C4010020 .179
   b- Sam Fuld, PH1000013 .244
    Robinson Chirinos, C0000000 .214
Elliot Johnson, SS5110034 .197
Totals404114515  
a-singled for S. Rodriguez in the 10th
b-struck out for Shoppach in the 10th
Batting
2B - Desmond Jennings (1, Francis), Johnny Damon (17, Holland), Ben Zobrist (30, Francis), Evan Longoria (18, Francis)
3B - Desmond Jennings (1, Francis), Elliot Johnson (2, Francis)
RBI - Desmond Jennings (1), Johnny Damon (43), Ben Zobrist (50), Evan Longoria (49)
2-OUT RBI - Johnny Damon (12)
SB - Desmond Jennings (1, 2nd base off Francis/B. Pena)
Team LOB - 11
Fielding
E - Desmond Jennings (1, Misplayed grounder), Evan Longoria (7, Misplayed grounder)
Tampa Bay Rays
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jeff Niemann 6732040 3.86
Joel Peralta (H,14) 1.1000030 3.80
J.P. Howell (H,4) 0.2000010 7.94
Kyle Farnsworth (BS,4) 1111110 1.99
Brandon Gomes (L,0-1)0211000 3.78
HBP - Francoeur (by J.P. Howell)
WP - Jeff Niemann (6)
Pitches-Strikes - Jeff Niemann 92-61, Joel Peralta 17-15, J.P. Howell 12-7, Kyle Farnsworth 18-12, Brandon Gomes 2-2
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jeff Niemann 9-6, J.P. Howell 1-0, Kyle Farnsworth 2-0
Batters Faced - Jeff Niemann 26, Joel Peralta 4, J.P. Howell 3, Kyle Farnsworth 5, Brandon Gomes 2
Kansas City Royals
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Alex Gordon, LF5031020 .302
Melky Cabrera, CF5000003 .294
Billy Butler, DH5110021 .288
    Mike Aviles, PR-DH0100000 .211
Eric Hosmer, 1B5231020 .277
Jeff Francoeur, RF3010002 .269
Mike Moustakas, 3B3023001 .202
Brayan Pena, C3000003 .256
   a- Mitch Maier, PH1000010 .271
    Matt Treanor, C0000000 .227
Chris Getz, 2B3000112 .253
Alcides Escobar, SS4100011 .249
Totals37510519  
a-struck out for B. Pena in the 9th
Batting
2B - Alex Gordon (26, Farnsworth), Eric Hosmer (14, Gomes), Jeff Francoeur (25, Niemann), Mike Moustakas (4, Niemann)
SF - Mike Moustakas (2)
RBI - Alex Gordon (52), Eric Hosmer (40), Mike Moustakas 3 (8)
2-OUT RBI - Alex Gordon (23)
SB - Alex Gordon (9, 2nd base off Niemann/Shoppach)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Francis-Getz-Hosmer
Kansas City Royals
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jeff Francis 5933260 4.65
Greg Holland 3111160 1.20
Aaron Crow 1000210 1.88
Joakim Soria (W,5-3) 1100020 3.64
IBB - Jennings by Jeff Francis
Pitches-Strikes - Jeff Francis 104-62, Greg Holland 40-26, Aaron Crow 26-11, Joakim Soria 16-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jeff Francis 3-5, Greg Holland 2-1, Aaron Crow 2-0, Joakim Soria 1-0
Batters Faced - Jeff Francis 25, Greg Holland 11, Aaron Crow 5, Joakim Soria 4
Game Information
Attendance - 27643
Game Time - 3:25
Temperature - 101
Umpires - Home - Ted Barrett, First Base - Brian Runge, Second Base - Marvin Hudson, Third Base - Tim McClelland