Tampa Bay at Kansas City

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Kansas City (66-64) «10400501x11130

Royals 11, Rays 1

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Royals' Jeremy Guthrie grinded through five shaky innings. Third baseman Mike Moustakas grinded through a calf strain that's still causing him trouble.

The rest of the Kansas City offense ground up Rays starter Jeremy Hellickson.

Salvador Perez hit a three-run homer, Billy Butler also went deep and the Royals romped to an 11-1 victory against Tampa Bay on Monday in a steamy makeup of a snowed-out game from early May.

Perez finished with four RBI, Butler drove in three runs and Moustakas also drove in a pair as the Royals won their second straight following a seven-game slide.

"We're a good team. We're a good-hitting ballclub," Moustakas said. "We knew we'd be able to get to the pitcher early and score some runs."

Hellickson (10-8) allowed five runs in only 2 2/3 innings for Tampa Bay. It was the struggling right-hander's shortest start since June 30, 2012, when he went the same distance in a game against Detroit before getting pelted in the leg by a line drive.

"The offense to me looks like it is back on track," Royals manager Ned Yost said.

Guthrie (13-10) allowed six hits and three walks but twice delivered timely strikeouts. He fanned Kelly Johnson with two aboard to end the third inning, and then struck out David DeJesus on a called third strike to leave the bases loaded in the fourth.

Rays manager Joe Maddon argued that the call and was tossed by plate umpire Greg Gibson.

"It's been exasperating. They beat us up. We don't like Kansas City," Maddon said, "except for the food. The Plaza is nice and the barbeque, and this is one of the best ballparks in the American League, in all of baseball really, but they just beat us up."

James Loney drove in the only run for the Rays, who no doubt rued having to make the quick trip to Kansas City in the midst of a six-game homestand. They began the day a game back of the Red Sox in the AL East and lead the American League wild-card standings.

It seemed like a season ago when the teams first tried to play. The temperature was 41 degrees with a wind chill of 21 at first pitch on May 2, and Kauffman Stadium resembled a snow globe by the fourth inning as flurries fell. The game called with the Royals leading 1-0.

It was 93 degrees at first pitch Monday, making for a 52-degree difference from the original date. Sunny skies and a slight breeze made it feel even warmer.

The biggest subplot to the game wasn't the weather, though, but the return of Myers to Kansas City. The former minor league player of the year was the key to a seven-player trade last December that netted the Royals starting pitchers James Shields and Wade Davis.

Myers hadn't played at the K since the All-Star Futures Game in 2012, when he went 2 for 4 and drove in the three runs. He didn't fare nearly as well against big league pitching, either: He went 0 for 4 with two strikeouts, slamming his bat down after a pop out in the fifth inning.

"The fans kinds of wore me out in right field," he said, "otherwise it was good."

The Royals struck first on Butler's RBI single in the first, but they didn't really break through until the third inning. Three straight hits and a walk scored two runs, a sacrifice fly added another, and Justin Maxwell's RBI single helped drive Hellickson from the game.

Hellickson fell to 0-5 in his last six starts. He's made it through five innings once.

"It's very frustrating when you don't give your team a chance to win at all, 5-0 in the third," he said. "You don't give them a chance to come back."

The Royals tacked on five more runs in the sixth against the Tampa Bay bullpen, highlighted by Perez's three-run shot. That was more than enough help for the Royals' relief corps, which put together four shutout innings to end Guthrie's three-game losing streak.

"I created some problems for myself," Guthrie said. "The bats picked us up fortunately and we won it pretty easily, even though it was a struggle early."


Royals RHP Luke Hochevar was absent after his wife gave birth to a daughter Sunday. Hochever will rejoin the club Wednesday in Minnesota. RHP Will Smith took his place on the 25-man roster. ... Rays LHP Matt Moore (sore left elbow) remains on track to start a minor league game Thursday. He could rejoin Tampa Bay at the Angles on Sept. 3. ... Rays OF Jason Bourgeois cleared waivers and accepted an outright assignment to Triple-A Durham.

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Players of the Game
Kansas City

B. Butler
AB 3
R 3
H 3
HR 1
Tampa Bay

M. Joyce
AB 3
R 1
H 3
HR 0

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Tampa Bay Rays
David DeJesus, CF4010114 .255
Ben Zobrist, 2B-SS4010011 .271
Evan Longoria, DH4000023 .273
Matt Joyce, LF3130100 .259
Wil Myers, RF4000024 .296
James Loney, 1B4011002 .303
Jose Lobaton, C4010011 .265
Kelly Johnson, 3B4000012 .251
Yunel Escobar, SS1000100 .263
   a-Sean Rodriguez, PH-2B1000100 .247
a-grounded out for Escobar in the 7th
2B - Matt Joyce 2 (21, Guthrie), Jose Lobaton (12, Guthrie)
RBI - James Loney (56)
Team LOB - 9
Tampa Bay Rays
Jeremy Hellickson (L,10-8) 2.2755210 5.21
Cesar Ramos 3555211 4.55
Wesley Wright 2.1111021 4.14
IBB - Butler by Cesar Ramos
Pitches-Strikes - Jeremy Hellickson 68-46, Cesar Ramos 54-33, Wesley Wright 28-20
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jeremy Hellickson 3-4, Cesar Ramos 3-5, Wesley Wright 5-0
Batters Faced - Jeremy Hellickson 17, Cesar Ramos 16, Wesley Wright 8
Kansas City Royals
Alex Gordon, LF4221001 .267
   David Lough, LF1000010 .286
Emilio Bonifacio, 2B5130001 .228
Eric Hosmer, 1B4100103 .297
Billy Butler, DH3333200 .295
Mike Moustakas, 3B4122003 .241
   Jamey Carroll, PR-3B1100000 .212
Salvador Perez, C3114002 .273
Justin Maxwell, RF3011110 .271
Alcides Escobar, SS4000002 .235
Jarrod Dyson, CF4110022 .252
2B - Mike Moustakas (19, Hellickson)
3B - Alex Gordon (6, Ramos)
HR - Billy Butler (13, Wright), Salvador Perez (7, Ramos)
SF - Salvador Perez (3)
RBI - Alex Gordon (66), Billy Butler 3 (66), Mike Moustakas 2 (34), Salvador Perez 4 (56), Justin Maxwell (19)
2-OUT RBI - Billy Butler (25), Mike Moustakas (20), Salvador Perez 3 (22)
SB - Emilio Bonifacio (20, 3rd base off Ramos/Lobaton), Justin Maxwell (5, 2nd base off Hellickson/Lobaton), Jarrod Dyson (25, 2nd base off Ramos/Lobaton)
Team LOB - 6
DP - Escobar-Bonifacio-Hosmer
Kansas City Royals
Jeremy Guthrie (W,13-10) 5611350 4.19
Tim Collins 2000010 3.91
Louis Coleman 1100020 0.39
Aaron Crow 1000100 2.98
Pitches-Strikes - Jeremy Guthrie 108-62, Tim Collins 18-13, Louis Coleman 16-12, Aaron Crow 17-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jeremy Guthrie 2-7, Tim Collins 3-2, Aaron Crow 1-2
Batters Faced - Jeremy Guthrie 23, Tim Collins 6, Louis Coleman 4, Aaron Crow 4
Game Information
Attendance - 20546
Game Time - 3:11
Temperature - 93
Umpires - Home - Greg Gibson, First Base - Jerry Layne, Second Base - Hunter Wendelstedt, Third Base - Al Porter