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Royals set franchise record in win over Rays

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Elliot Johnson has some fond memories of his years with the Rays. None might have been sweeter than his return to Tampa Bay with the Kansas City Royals on Thursday night.

Johnson had a three three-run homer for his second hit of an eight-run sixth inning, leading the surging Royals to a 10-1 victory over the Rays.

"It's hard to describe the first time back," he said. "I wish everyone would get a chance to understand what it's like and it's really hard even to put into words."

Traded to Kansas City by the Rays in February, Johnson led off the big inning with a single and chased Jeremy Hellickson (4-3) with his second homer of the season, both coming off Hellickson.

Johnson got his third hit of the game in the eighth inning and is 6 for 11 with four RBIs against his former team while batting .202 with three RBIs against every other team.

"When they came into our place, I had a good series there," Johnson said. "I wasn't really playing that well, and Ned [Yost] gave me some opportunities to play against them. I picked it up and today played well again. It's good to get them anyway you can, but it feels good to get them against them, of course. [Former Rays pitcher James] Shields said the same thing; he wishes he could pitch here."

"He gets fired up playing against these guys and he really helped us out today," said Eric Hosmer, who homered off Jake Odorizzi in the seventh.

Ervin Santana (5-5) gave up five hits and an unearned run in 7 2-3 innings.

The Royals, who have won eight of nine, set a franchise record by holding an opponent to three runs or fewer in a 12th straight game.

"Everything is going our way right now so we have to keep that up," Santana said.

Hellickson lost for the first time since April 25, giving up eight runs on 10 hits in 5 2-3 innings. He retired 15 of the 16 Royals he faced in the first five innings.

"He was locating his fastball and his changeup really kept us off stride," said Kansas City bench coach Chino Cadiha, who was acting manger while Yost attended his daughter's wedding in Georgia. "I guess we figured it out in the sixth, and here we go."

Johnson led off the sixth inning of a scoreless game with his first hit. After Alcides Escobar's double, Alex Gordon drove in the first run with Kansas City's third straight hit. Three more singles and an RBI double by Miguel Tejada preceded Johnson's homer to give the Royals an 8-0 lead. In all the Royals sent 11 men to the plate in the inning.

"I just fell behind to Elliot, the first batter of the inning, and just couldn't stop it after that," Hellickson said. "I'm pretty frustrated. It wasn't a fun game. Eight runs, it's unacceptable."

It was the Royals' biggest inning of the season, exceeding the seven runs they scored in the third inning at Los Angeles on May 15.

Gordon had two hits in raising his road batting average to .381, compared to .231 at home.

Matt Joyce had two hits for the Rays, who have lost four of five.

Notes

  • The Rays optioned Odorizzi to Triple-A Durham after the game and took pitcher Alex Cobb off the bereavement list.
  • Tampa Bay LHP David Price (strained left triceps) threw 54 pitches over three innings in a simulated game. The AL Cy Young Award winner could rejoin the rotation in late June or early July.
  • Rays 3B Evan Longoria got his second break from playing on the artificial turf in five games, getting the start as the DH. Kelly Johnson made his first start this season at third in place of Longoria.
  • RHP Nate Adcock, designated for assignment by the Royals on June 6, was claimed on waivers by Arizona. He was optioned to Triple-A Reno.
  • Tampa Bay LHP Matt Moore (8-2) looks to stop a two-game skid, in which he allowed 15 runs, in Friday night's game with the Royals. RHP Luis Mendoza (1-3) will start for Kansas City.
 
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Players of the Game
Kansas City

E. Johnson
AB 4
R 2
H 3
HR 1
RBI 3
Kansas City

E. Santana
IP 7.2
H 5
ER 0
BB 0
K 3
 
Kansas City Royals
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Alex Gordon, LF4121010 .302
   a- Jeff Francoeur, PH-RF1000012 .210
Eric Hosmer, 1B4111112 .273
Salvador Perez, C4111001 .314
   b- George Kottaras, PH-C1000001 .136
Billy Butler, DH4120000 .273
   c- Chris Getz, PH-DH0000100 .212
Lorenzo Cain, CF5110025 .283
David Lough, RF-LF5122013 .273
Miguel Tejada, 3B4111012 .327
Elliot Johnson, 2B4233010 .242
Alcides Escobar, SS4110002 .238
Totals401014928  
a-struck out for Gordon in the 8th
b-popped out for Perez in the 9th
c-walked for Butler in the 9th
Batting
2B - Lorenzo Cain (15, Odorizzi), Miguel Tejada (2, Hellickson), Alcides Escobar (9, Hellickson)
HR - Eric Hosmer (2, Odorizzi), Elliot Johnson (2, Hellickson)
RBI - Alex Gordon (33), Eric Hosmer (22), Salvador Perez (23), David Lough 2 (10), Miguel Tejada (9), Elliot Johnson 3 (7)
2-OUT RBI - David Lough (8), Miguel Tejada (1), Elliot Johnson 3 (5)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Hosmer-Escobar-Santana, Escobar-Johnson
E - Miguel Tejada (2, Throwing)
Kansas City Royals
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Ervin Santana (W,5-5) 7.2510030 2.74
J.C. Gutierrez 1.1100120 3.48
HBP - Johnson (by Ervin Santana)
WP - Ervin Santana (3)
Pitches-Strikes - Ervin Santana 104-69, J.C. Gutierrez 21-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ervin Santana 9-10
Batters Faced - Ervin Santana 28, J.C. Gutierrez 6
Tampa Bay Rays
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Matt Joyce, RF4020010 .264
Ben Zobrist, 2B3000000 .270
    Ryan Roberts, 2B1000001 .238
Kelly Johnson, 3B2000101 .254
Evan Longoria, DH3010011 .305
   a- Jose Lobaton, PH-DH1000011 .283
James Loney, 1B2000001 .318
   b- Luke Scott, PH-1B2020000 .221
Desmond Jennings, CF4000002 .247
Sam Fuld, LF4000013 .182
Jose Molina, C3110000 .243
Yunel Escobar, SS2000000 .249
    Sean Rodriguez, SS1000010 .246
Totals3216015  
a-struck out for Longoria in the 9th
b-doubled for Loney in the 7th
Batting
2B - Luke Scott (3, Santana)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Escobar-Zobrist-Loney
Tampa Bay Rays
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jeremy Hellickson (L,4-3) 5.21088041 5.67
Jake Odorizzi 3.1422241 8.03
WP - Jeremy Hellickson (2), Jake Odorizzi (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Jeremy Hellickson 100-69, Jake Odorizzi 68-47
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jeremy Hellickson 3-9, Jake Odorizzi 1-5
Batters Faced - Jeremy Hellickson 26, Jake Odorizzi 16
Game Information
Attendance - 11398
Game Time - 3:05
Temperature - 72
Umpires - Home - Tim Timmons, First Base - Mike Winters, Second Base - Mark Wegner, Third Base - Laz Diaz