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Kansas City at Tampa Bay

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Tampa Bay (60-54) «000000101261

Rays 2, Royals 1

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Casey Kotchman had an eventful night, hitting a game-winning homer and avoiding a whip cream pie in the face from teammate Evan Longoria during a postgame celebration.

Kotchman led off the ninth inning with a home run to lift the Tampa Bay Rays to a 2-1 win over the Kansas City Royals on Monday night.

"I don't get either one very often," Kotchman said.

Kotchman drove the first pitch from Blake Wood (5-1) over the center field fence. He also knocked in the other Tampa Bay run with a run-scoring single that tied it in the seventh.

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"How about Casey?" Rays manager Joe Maddon said. "Those balls were properly struck. Kotch has been hitting like that all year. It's fun to watch."

Kotchman, who has seven multihit outings over his last 10 games, is hitting .341 this season. The greeting he received from the welcoming committee at the plate was a blur.

"Just kind of numb," he said.

It was Kotchman's first walk-off hit since he had an RBI single in the Los Angeles Angels' 2-1 victory over Texas on July 13, 2007. The first baseman has three homers over the last six games after going deep just four times in 93 games to start the season.

Rays closer Kyle Farnsworth (4-1) pitched a perfect ninth to earn the win.

Luke Hochevar allowed one run and five hits over seven innings for the Royals. The right-hander, who had won his previous three starts, had seven strikeouts and two walks.

Rays rookie Jeremy Hellickson, 3-0 in four starts during July, gave up one run and six hits in 7 1/3 innings. He struck out seven and walked three.

"It was a great game," Kansas City manager Ned Yost said. "There was outstanding pitching from both starters."

Tampa Bay tied it at 1 in the seventh when Ben Zobrist drew a one-out walk, went to second on a wild pitch and scored on Kotchman's single.

"Just happy to get the 'W,"' Kotchman said.

Eric Hosmer put the Royals ahead 1-0 on a first-inning RBI single. Alex Gordon, who had been hitless in his first 37 at-bats at Tropicana Field, hit a leadoff double and later scored on Hosmer's opposite-field hit to left.

Kansas City had a runner in scoring position in four of the first six innings, but went 2 for 10 in those situations. The Royals also failed to take advantage after getting two on with one out during the eighth.

Tampa Bay had two on and one out in the second, but failed to score when Matt Joyce and Robinson Chirinos both struck out.

Hochevar induced double-play grounders in both the fourth and fifth innings.

Kansas City center fielder Melky Cabrera was in the lineup after not starting Sunday's game because of a sprained left ankle. He went 2 for 4, including a double, and has 47 multihit games this year.

Notes

Tampa Bay RHP James Shields (10-9), Tuesday's scheduled starter, has seven complete games in 23 starts this season. "That was one of my main goals this year, throw some complete games," Shields said. "They're all in the first half so far, so I'm hoping to get a couple more in the second half." ... Kansas City LHP Jeff Francis (4-11) will be making his first career appearance at Tropicana Field in his start Tuesday. ... Tampa Bay C John Jaso (right oblique strain) is starting a rehab assignment with Triple-A Durham. ... Royals manager Ned Yost said C Matt Treanor (concussion) is making progress, but will likely be out at least a few more days.

 
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Players of the Game
Tampa Bay

C. Kotchman
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 1
RBI 2
Kansas City

L. Hochevar
IP 7.0
H 5
ER 1
BB 2
K 7
 
Kansas City Royals
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Alex Gordon, LF4110011 .304
Melky Cabrera, CF4020000 .304
Billy Butler, DH3010103 .291
    Chris Getz, PR-DH0000000 .256
Eric Hosmer, 1B3011111 .282
Jeff Francoeur, RF4010023 .273
Johnny Giavotella, 2B4000015 .333
Mike Moustakas, 3B4000011 .185
Alcides Escobar, SS4000020 .244
Manny Pina, C3000100 .214
Totals3316138  
Batting
2B - Alex Gordon (35, Hellickson), Melky Cabrera (30, Hellickson), Billy Butler (28, Hellickson), Jeff Francoeur (32, Hellickson)
RBI - Eric Hosmer (48)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Escobar-Hosmer, Giavotella-Escobar-Hosmer
Kansas City Royals
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Luke Hochevar 7511270 4.79
Aaron Crow 1000210 1.89
Blake Wood (L,5-1)0111001 3.75
IBB - Joyce by Luke Hochevar
WP - Luke Hochevar (5)
Pitches-Strikes - Luke Hochevar 106-62, Aaron Crow 20-9, Blake Wood 1-1
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Luke Hochevar 8-4, Aaron Crow 1-1
Batters Faced - Luke Hochevar 26, Aaron Crow 5, Blake Wood 1
Tampa Bay Rays
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Desmond Jennings, LF3000110 .328
Johnny Damon, DH3000110 .260
Evan Longoria, 3B4010000 .225
Ben Zobrist, 2B3100123 .276
Casey Kotchman, 1B4132000 .341
B.J. Upton, CF3020011 .231
Matt Joyce, RF2000113 .278
Robinson Chirinos, C3000014 .267
Sean Rodriguez, SS3000010 .214
Totals2826248  
Batting
HR - Casey Kotchman (7, Wood)
RBI - Casey Kotchman 2 (36)
SB - Desmond Jennings (7, 2nd base off Crow/Pina)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
E - Evan Longoria (9, Throwing)
Tampa Bay Rays
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jeremy Hellickson 7.1611370 3.05
Joel Peralta 0.2000000 3.68
Kyle Farnsworth (W,4-1) 1000010 2.00
Pitches-Strikes - Jeremy Hellickson 107-74, Joel Peralta 11-6, Kyle Farnsworth 11-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jeremy Hellickson 8-7, Kyle Farnsworth 1-1
Batters Faced - Jeremy Hellickson 31, Joel Peralta 2, Kyle Farnsworth 3
Game Information
Attendance - 10742
Game Time - 2:39
Temperature - 72
Umpires - Home - Angel Campos, First Base - Ron Kulpa, Second Base - Derryl Cousins, Third Base - D.J. Reyburn