Rays beat Royals 5-3 for 3-game sweep, drop KC to 13-30

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) C.J. Cron is playing well heading into a series against his former team.

Cron homered and scored three runs, and the Tampa Bay Rays beat Kansas City 5-3 on Wednesday to complete a three-game sweep of the woeful Royals.

''He produced,'' Rays manager Kevin Cash said. ''I know the home runs are great and he's done that throughout his career, but the at-bats he's having, finding ways to get hits, and then he did it on the bases, too. He's helped us a lot. I'm glad he's getting hot at the right time to go into Anaheim.''

The Rays acquired Cron in a February trade with the Angels, where his plate-appearances were sporadic playing behind Albert Pujols. The Rays open a four-game Thursday at Anaheim.

''Just being in the lineup is nice,'' Cron said. ''I'm able to make the necessary adjustments you need to make to be successful at this level. We're doing alright and we've been winning some games. It's been good.''

Cron extended his on-base streak to 22 games when he was hit by a pitch from Jason Hammel (0-5) in a three-run first that included Brad Miller's RBI groundout and Adeiny Hechavarria's two-run single.

Cron homered leading off the third, then singled in the fifth and scored on Wilson Ramos' double-play grounder for a 5-1 lead. Cron is hitting .319 with 19 RBIs in the 22-game streak. He has 10 of the Rays' 37 homers.

Tampa Bay had lost six of seven coming in but swept the Royals for the first time since four games from Aug. 8-11, 2011. The Rays had not swept a series in Kansas City since three games from July 17-19, 2009.

Kansas City has lost five straight and seven of eight, dropping to 13-30 for its worst 43-game start since opening with a 10-33 record in 2006. The Royals are 6-16 at Kauffman Stadium.

Matt Andriese (1-1) allowed three hits in three scoreless innings. Alex Colome allowed Abraham Almonte's leadoff single in the ninth, then retired three straight batters for his third save in three days and ninth in 11 opportunities.

Staked to a 4-0 lead, Rays starter Jake Faria allowed three runs, four hits and four walks in 4 1/3 innings. He gave up sacrifice flies to Alcides Escobar in the fourth and Mike Moustakas in the fifth, an inning that also included Jorge Soler's RBI double.

''Driese is probably one of the key reasons we were able to win that ballgame,'' Faria said. ''Three fantastic innings, if he doesn't do that, who knows what would happen. He's a key reason we won.''

Hammel gave up five runs and 10 hits in six innings, raising his ERA to 6.28. He is 0-8 with a 7.28 ERA in 13 starts since winning at Detroit on Sept. 6.

''Beyond frustration, right now. It's just unacceptable, three spots every first inning,'' Hammel said. ''We put their heads under water every single day, and it's tough to battle back every single game out. I'm obviously not very proud of the effort. I've just got to get better.''

Kansas City has allowed runs in the first inning of six of the past seven games.

''It seems like the first inning hasn't been very good for us,'' Royals manager Ned Yost said. ''You take away some of those first innings and our pitching has been pretty darn good.''

LONG TIME COMING

LHP Jonny Venters went 2,096 days between victories. He picked up the win Tuesday in relief, his first since Aug. 17, 2012, while with Atlanta. There were 1,058 other pitchers who got wins between his two victories. ''Every time I hear numbers like that, it's funny to sit back and think about it,'' said Venters, who has had three Tommy John surgeries and missed nearly four seasons.

ROSTER MOVE

Tampa Bay recalled INF Christian Arroyo from Triple-A Durham, where he hit .200 in 17 games.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Rays: OF Carlos Gomez (right groin strain) was placed on the 10-day DL. ... 3B Matt Duffy (right hamstring tightness) did not play. ''I think we're probably going to play it a little safer,'' Duffy said. ''If I need one extra day, the first day in Anaheim, I don't think that's out of the question, to take two days off and go from there.''

Royals: INF Cheslor Cuthbert (back spasms) was not in the lineup for the second straight day. ... RHP Nathan Karns (right elbow inflammation) has resumed a throwing program after being shut down for several days.

UP NEXT

Rays: RHP Chris Archer (2-3) is to start Thursday at the Los Angeles Angels. He gave up three homers and six runs in a loss Saturday at Baltimore and is 5-1 with a 2.55 ERA in seven starts against the Angels.

Royals: RHP Jakob Junis (4-3) is to start Friday in the opener of a three-game series against the visiting New York Yankees.

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  • W: M. Andriese (1-1)L: J. Hammel (0-5)S: A. Colome (9)
  • HR: TB - C. Cron (10)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
D. Span LF51200001.254.378.393.7724.0
C. Cron DH43211011.289.339.522.8619.5
J. Wendle 2B30100112.286.333.393.7261.5
W. Ramos C41200003.289.333.430.7633.0
B. Miller 1B40010015.225.310.402.7120.5
A. Hechavarria SS40120001.267.298.336.6343.0
M. Smith CF40100011.308.383.427.8110.5
D. Robertson 3B40100001.260.408.427.8352.0
J. Field RF40000012.265.308.449.757-0.5
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    J. Jay RF41300111.299.363.354.7165.5
    J. Soler DH41110013.314.418.518.9366.5
    M. Moustakas 3B30010122.294.328.541.8691.0
    S. Perez C40000014.244.278.456.734-0.5
    W. Merrifield 2B41100010.289.355.422.7771.5
    A. Gordon LF20100200.279.348.404.7524.0
    H. Dozier 1B40100013.273.273.364.6360.5
    A. Escobar SS30010013.235.295.322.6170.5
    A. Almonte CF40100001.205.256.342.5991.0
      BATTING
      • 2B - D. Span (6), D. Robertson (7)
      • HR - C. Cron (10)
      • RBI - C. Cron (26), B. Miller (14), A. Hechavarria 2 (16)
      • 2-Out RBI - A. Hechavarria 2 (7)
      BATTING
      • 2B - J. Jay (5), J. Soler (13), A. Gordon (4)
      • SF - M. Moustakas (3), A. Escobar (3)
      • RBI - J. Soler (19), M. Moustakas (30), A. Escobar (12)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - J. Soler (2)
      FIELDING
      • Outfield Assist - D. Span (2)
      • DP - 2 (Span-Wendle; Hechavarria-Wendle-Miller)
      • E - M. Smith (3)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Escobar-Merrifield-Dozier)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Faria4.14334205.201.312.0
      C. Roe0.20000104.601.210.5
      M. Andriese (W, 1-1)3.03000303.381.0514.5
      A. Colome (S, 9)1.01000204.121.5310.0
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Faria4.1
      C. Roe0.2
      M. Andriese (W, 1-1)3.0
      A. Colome (S, 9)1.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Hammel (L, 0-5)6.010550216.281.47-1.0
      B. Keller1.00001102.081.212.5
      B. Boyer1.000000012.892.253.0
      J. Adam1.00000200.000.944.0
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Hammel (L, 0-5)6.0
      B. Keller1.0
      B. Boyer1.0
      J. Adam1.0
      PITCHING
      • WP - J. Faria (2)
      • HBP - J. Faria (3)
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Faria 89-51, C. Roe 7-4, M. Andriese 42-33, A. Colome 17-11
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Faria 3-7, M. Andriese 2-4
      • Batters Faced - J. Faria 21, C. Roe 2, M. Andriese 12, A. Colome 4
      PITCHING
      • HBP - J. Hammel
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Hammel 73-48, B. Keller 20-10, B. Boyer 9-5, J. Adam 16-10
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Hammel 6-9, B. Keller 1-1, B. Boyer 2-1
      • Batters Faced - J. Hammel 28, B. Keller 4, B. Boyer 3, J. Adam 3
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      D. Span LF51200001.254.378.393.7724.0
      C. Cron DH43211011.289.339.522.8619.5
      J. Wendle 2B30100112.286.333.393.7261.5
      W. Ramos C41200003.289.333.430.7633.0
      B. Miller 1B40010015.225.310.402.7120.5
      A. Hechavarria SS40120001.267.298.336.6343.0
      M. Smith CF40100011.308.383.427.8110.5
      D. Robertson 3B40100001.260.408.427.8352.0
      J. Field RF40000012.265.308.449.757-0.5
      Total36510411517-----
        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        J. Jay RF41300111.299.363.354.7165.5
        J. Soler DH41110013.314.418.518.9366.5
        M. Moustakas 3B30010122.294.328.541.8691.0
        S. Perez C40000014.244.278.456.734-0.5
        W. Merrifield 2B41100010.289.355.422.7771.5
        A. Gordon LF20100200.279.348.404.7524.0
        H. Dozier 1B40100013.273.273.364.6360.5
        A. Escobar SS30010013.235.295.322.6170.5
        A. Almonte CF40100001.205.256.342.5991.0
        Total3238304817-----
          BATTING
          • 2B - D. Span (6), D. Robertson (7)
          • HR - C. Cron (10)
          • RBI - C. Cron (26), B. Miller (14), A. Hechavarria 2 (16)
          • 2-Out RBI - A. Hechavarria 2 (7)
          BATTING
          • 2B - J. Jay (5), J. Soler (13), A. Gordon (4)
          • SF - M. Moustakas (3), A. Escobar (3)
          • RBI - J. Soler (19), M. Moustakas (30), A. Escobar (12)
          BASERUNNING
          • SB - J. Soler (2)
          FIELDING
          • Outfield Assist - D. Span (2)
          • DP - 2 (Span-Wendle; Hechavarria-Wendle-Miller)
          • E - M. Smith (3)
          FIELDING
          • DP - (Escobar-Merrifield-Dozier)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          J. Faria4.14334205.201.312.0
          C. Roe0.20000104.601.210.5
          M. Andriese (W, 1-1)3.03000303.381.0514.5
          A. Colome (S, 9)1.01000204.121.5310.0
          Total9.0833480---
          PITCHERSIP
          J. Faria4.1
          C. Roe0.2
          M. Andriese (W, 1-1)3.0
          A. Colome (S, 9)1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          J. Hammel (L, 0-5)6.010550216.281.47-1.0
          B. Keller1.00001102.081.212.5
          B. Boyer1.000000012.892.253.0
          J. Adam1.00000200.000.944.0
          Total9.01055151---
          PITCHERSIP
          J. Hammel (L, 0-5)6.0
          B. Keller1.0
          B. Boyer1.0
          J. Adam1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • WP - J. Faria (2)
          • HBP - J. Faria (3)
          • Pitches-Strikes - J. Faria 89-51, C. Roe 7-4, M. Andriese 42-33, A. Colome 17-11
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Faria 3-7, M. Andriese 2-4
          • Batters Faced - J. Faria 21, C. Roe 2, M. Andriese 12, A. Colome 4
          PITCHING
          • HBP - J. Hammel
          • Pitches-Strikes - J. Hammel 73-48, B. Keller 20-10, B. Boyer 9-5, J. Adam 16-10
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Hammel 6-9, B. Keller 1-1, B. Boyer 2-1
          • Batters Faced - J. Hammel 28, B. Keller 4, B. Boyer 3, J. Adam 3
          • 5TH INNING
            Moustakas hit sacrifice fly to center, Soler scored53
            Soler doubled to left, Jay scored52
            Ramos grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Cron scored, Wendle out at second51
          • 4TH INNING
            Escobar hit sacrifice fly to right, Merrifield scored41
          • 3RD INNING
            Cron homered to left center40
          • 1ST INNING
            Hechavarria singled to shallow right, Cron and Ramos scored, Hechavarria to second30
            Miller grounded out to second, Span scored, Cron to third, Ramos to second10
          • 9TH INNING
            • Jason Adam relieved Blaine Boyer
            • J. Field: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul tip, Field struck out on foul tip
            • D. Span: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Span lined out to right
            • C. Cron: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Cron struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Alex Colome relieved Matt Andriese
            • A. Almonte: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Almonte singled to center
            • J. Jay: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Jay struck out swinging
            • J. Soler: Ball, Soler flied out to center
            • M. Moustakas: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Strike swinging, Moustakas struck out swinging
            • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • Blaine Boyer relieved Brad Keller
            • A. Hechavarria: Foul, Ball, Hechavarria grounded out to shortstop
            • M. Smith: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Smith flied out to left
            • D. Robertson: Robertson grounded out to third
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • M. Andriese Pitching:
            • S. Perez: Foul, Perez grounded out to shortstop
            • W. Merrifield: Strike swinging, Merrifield lined out to left
            • A. Gordon: Gordon doubled to right center
            • H. Dozier: Ball, Dozier reached on an infield single to pitcher, Gordon to third
            • A. Escobar: Escobar lined out to center
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • J. Hammel Pitching:
            • D. Span: Ball, Strike looking, Span doubled to left
            • Brad Keller relieved Jason Hammel
            • C. Cron: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Cron flied out to center
            • J. Wendle: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Wendle walked
            • W. Ramos: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ramos grounded out to catcher, Span to third, Wendle to second
            • B. Miller: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Miller struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • M. Andriese Pitching:
            • A. Almonte: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Almonte popped out to third
            • J. Jay: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Jay singled to left center
            • J. Soler: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Soler struck out swinging
            • M. Moustakas: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Moustakas struck out swinging
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • J. Hammel Pitching:
            • A. Hechavarria: Hechavarria popped out to second
            • M. Smith: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Smith struck out swinging
            • D. Robertson: Strike looking, Ball, Robertson doubled to left center
            • J. Field: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Field grounded out to first
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • Matt Andriese relieved Chaz Roe
            • A. Gordon: Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Gordon grounded out to shortstop
            • H. Dozier: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Dozier flied out to deep center
            • A. Escobar: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul tip, Escobar struck out on foul tip
            • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • J. Hammel Pitching:
            • C. Cron: Cron reached on an infield single to shortstop
            • J. Wendle: Ball, Wendle singled to shallow left center, Cron to third
            • W. Ramos: Ramos grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Cron scored, Wendle out at second
            • B. Miller: Foul, Ball, Foul, Miller flied out to deep right
            • Middle of the 5th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Faria Pitching:
            • J. Jay: Ball, Foul, Jay doubled to left
            • J. Soler: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Soler doubled to left, Jay scored
            • M. Moustakas: Foul, Strike swinging, Soler stole third, Moustakas hit sacrifice fly to center, Soler scored
            • Chaz Roe relieved Jake Faria
            • S. Perez: Ball, Perez flied out to deep right
            • W. Merrifield: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Merrifield struck out swinging
            • End of the 5th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • J. Hammel Pitching:
            • M. Smith: Smith reached on bunt single to pitcher
            • D. Robertson: Strike swinging, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Robertson grounded out to first, Smith to second
            • J. Field: Field flied out to deep left, Smith to third
            • D. Span: Strike looking, Span flied out to deep right
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • J. Faria Pitching:
            • W. Merrifield: Ball, Ball, Merrifield singled to shallow right center
            • A. Gordon: Ball, Merrifield to second on wild pitch, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Gordon walked
            • H. Dozier: Foul, Dozier lined out to right, Merrifield to third
            • A. Escobar: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Escobar hit sacrifice fly to right, Merrifield scored
            • A. Almonte: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Almonte grounded out to first
            • End of the 4th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • J. Hammel Pitching:
            • C. Cron: Ball, Ball, Cron homered to left center
            • J. Wendle: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Wendle popped out to second
            • W. Ramos: Ball, Ramos singled to shallow left
            • B. Miller: Miller flied out to deep center
            • A. Hechavarria: Ball, Hechavarria grounded into fielder's choice to shortstop, Ramos out at second
            • Middle of the 3rd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Faria Pitching:
            • A. Almonte: Ball, Almonte grounded out to second
            • J. Jay: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Jay singled to left
            • J. Soler: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Soler hit by pitch, Jay to second
            • M. Moustakas: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Moustakas walked, Jay to third, Soler to second
            • S. Perez: Perez grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Moustakas out at second
            • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • J. Hammel Pitching:
            • D. Robertson: Foul, Ball, Ball, Robertson flied out to right
            • J. Field: Ball, Ball, Field flied out to left
            • D. Span: Span lined out to second
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Faria Pitching:
            • W. Merrifield: Strike looking, Merrifield flied out to right
            • A. Gordon: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Gordon walked
            • H. Dozier: Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike swinging, Dozier struck out swinging
            • A. Escobar: Strike looking, Foul, Escobar flied out to deep left
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • J. Hammel Pitching:
            • D. Span: Ball, Span singled to shallow right
            • C. Cron: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Cron hit by pitch, Span to second
            • J. Wendle: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Wendle struck out swinging
            • W. Ramos: Ball, Ramos singled to shallow left, Span to third, Cron to second
            • B. Miller: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Miller grounded out to second, Span scored, Cron to third, Ramos to second
            • A. Hechavarria: Strike looking, Hechavarria singled to shallow right, Cron and Ramos scored, Hechavarria to second
            • M. Smith: Strike (foul tip), Smith grounded out to first
            • Middle of the 1st (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Faria Pitching:
            • J. Jay: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Jay walked
            • J. Soler: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Soler flied into double play left to second, Jay out at second
            • M. Moustakas: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Moustakas safe at first on center fielder Smith fielding error
            • S. Perez: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Perez struck out swinging
            • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)