Karns has 10 Ks, Royals bats break out in 7-3 win over Rays

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) After an underwhelming past few weeks, Eric Hosmer and the Kansas City Royals relished a breakout showing Monday night.

''A lot of guys had some good nights,'' Hosmer said. ''We needed a night like this.''

Nate Karns struck out 10 while pitching into the seventh inning, Hosmer had three hits and the Royals busted out of an offensive slump to beat the Tampa Bay Rays 7-3.

Kansas City matched its best run output of the year and set a season high with 13 hits. Drew Butera homered and drove in his first two runs of the season, helping the Royals win for the fourth time in 17 games. Alcides Escobar, Lorenzo Cain, Salvador Perez and Whit Merrifield each had two hits for Kansas City, and Hosmer also stole two bases.

''Maybe this is the start of something good,'' Butera said. ''It felt exactly like our brand of baseball - grind out at-bats, get on base, put some pressure on the pitcher and the defense.''

Karns (2-2) completed 6 1/3 innings, allowing two runs, six hits and two walks while matching his career high in strikeouts.

Blake Snell (0-3) allowed four runs and 10 hits over five innings for Tampa Bay. He failed to get an out in the sixth inning for the 10th time in his last 11 starts.

''The pitch count got driven up there again. I'm not sure I have the answer or any of us have an answer,'' Rays manager Kevin Cash said. ''We know what needs to take place, but we don't know exactly (how to do it). We've got a lot of people trying to help him now.''

Butera led off the third inning with his homer, the first of five straight hits in a three-run inning. Butera drove in another run with a single in the sixth.

Brad Miller singled in Corey Dickerson for the Rays in the first inning, but Karns pitched shutout ball from then until the seventh. He struck out three straight following Colby Rasmus' triple in the second, then got a strikeout and a double-play grounder with the bases loaded in the third.

''Those were pretty big innings for him,'' Royals manager Ned Yost said.

Rays right fielder Steven Souza Jr. left the game early with a sore thumb after getting jammed with a pitch.

TROPICANA BREEZE

The Rays struck out 16 times, marking the 22nd time in 34 games they have struck out 10 or more times in a game. They came into the game with a major league leading 330 strikeouts.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Royals: RHP Ian Kennedy told Yost that his strained right hamstring is improving, but no timetable is set on Kennedy's return.

Rays: SS Matt Duffy, coming back from Achilles tendon surgery, will start a minor league rehab assignment Tuesday night with Class A Charlotte. ... C Wilson Ramos, on the 60-day disabled list due to right knee surgery, ran the arc behind the infield dirt. He is also doing limited catching drills.

UP NEXT

Royals: RHP Chris Young, who last pitched in a three-inning relief appearance on May 2, will make his first start of the season Tuesday night against the Rays.

Rays: RHP Matt Andriese (2-1) has gone seven innings in consecutive starts entering his outing Tuesday night against the Royals. Prior to this stretch, he had a streak of 18 straight starts of six innings or fewer.

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  • W: N. Karns (2-2)L: B. Snell (0-3)
  • HR: KC - D. Butera (1), TB - C. Rasmus (2)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
A. Escobar SS51200012.193.228.266.4943.5
L. Cain CF52210021.275.388.376.7646.0
E. Hosmer 1B52300011.282.341.402.7439.5
S. Perez DH40210111.255.282.464.7463.5
J. Soler RF50000005.000.083.000.0830.0
W. Merrifield 2B40200013.213.269.344.6131.5
C. Cuthbert 3B40000003.128.171.231.4020.0
A. Gordon LF21000113.168.276.215.4914.5
D. Butera C41221001.208.208.375.5838.0
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    C. Dickerson DH41300100.319.367.555.9226.0
    B. Miller 2B40110134.193.353.303.6561.5
    E. Longoria 3B40200102.234.317.395.7123.0
    L. Morrison 1B40000038.253.351.495.846-1.5
    S. Souza RF30000015.277.377.445.822-0.5
    P. Bourjos RF10000010.186.255.279.534-0.5
    C. Rasmus LF41211021.235.316.7061.0228.0
    T. Beckham SS40000011.255.284.482.766-0.5
    K. Kiermaier CF41100031.206.296.270.5660.5
    D. Norris C30000021.202.263.303.5660.0
      BATTING
      • 2B - A. Escobar (8), E. Hosmer (3)
      • HR - D. Butera
      • RBI - L. Cain (7), S. Perez (16), D. Butera 2 (2)
      • 2-Out RBI - D. Butera
      BATTING
      • 2B - C. Dickerson (10)
      • 3B - C. Rasmus
      • HR - C. Rasmus (2)
      • RBI - B. Miller (11), C. Rasmus (4)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - L. Cain (8), E. Hosmer 2 (2), A. Gordon
      FIELDING
      • Outfield Assist - S. Souza
      • E - K. Kiermaier (2), B. Miller (5), D. Norris 2 (3)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      N. Karns (W, 2-2)6.162221004.581.2623.0
      M. Strahm1.22111418.101.801.0
      J. Soria1.01000202.451.003.0
      PITCHERSIP
      N. Karns (W, 2-2)6.1
      M. Strahm1.2
      J. Soria1.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      B. Snell (L, 0-3)5.010441213.962.20-4.0
      A. Pruitt2.03311307.522.002.5
      C. Whitley1.00000100.640.003.5
      J. Alvarado1.00000109.000.003.5
      PITCHERSIP
      B. Snell (L, 0-3)5.0
      A. Pruitt2.0
      C. Whitley1.0
      J. Alvarado1.0
      PITCHING
      • WP - M. Strahm
      • HBP - N. Karns (2)
      • Pitches-Strikes - N. Karns 100-62, M. Strahm 34-21, J. Soria 16-11
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - N. Karns 3-5, M. Strahm 1-0, J. Soria 1-0
      • Batters Faced - N. Karns 27, M. Strahm 8, J. Soria 4
      PITCHING
      • WP - B. Snell (2)
      • HBP - A. Pruitt (3)
      • Pitches-Strikes - B. Snell 105-61, A. Pruitt 41-26, C. Whitley 17-11, J. Alvarado 8-6
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - B. Snell 5-6, A. Pruitt 1-2, C. Whitley 1-1, J. Alvarado 1-1
      • Batters Faced - B. Snell 24, A. Pruitt 11, C. Whitley 3, J. Alvarado 3
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      A. Escobar SS51200012.193.228.266.4943.5
      L. Cain CF52210021.275.388.376.7646.0
      E. Hosmer 1B52300011.282.341.402.7439.5
      S. Perez DH40210111.255.282.464.7463.5
      J. Soler RF50000005.000.083.000.0830.0
      W. Merrifield 2B40200013.213.269.344.6131.5
      C. Cuthbert 3B40000003.128.171.231.4020.0
      A. Gordon LF21000113.168.276.215.4914.5
      D. Butera C41221001.208.208.375.5838.0
      Total38713412720-----
        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        C. Dickerson DH41300100.319.367.555.9226.0
        B. Miller 2B40110134.193.353.303.6561.5
        E. Longoria 3B40200102.234.317.395.7123.0
        L. Morrison 1B40000038.253.351.495.846-1.5
        S. Souza RF30000015.277.377.445.822-0.5
        P. Bourjos RF10000010.186.255.279.534-0.5
        C. Rasmus LF41211021.235.316.7061.0228.0
        T. Beckham SS40000011.255.284.482.766-0.5
        K. Kiermaier CF41100031.206.296.270.5660.5
        D. Norris C30000021.202.263.303.5660.0
        Total35392131623-----
          BATTING
          • 2B - A. Escobar (8), E. Hosmer (3)
          • HR - D. Butera
          • RBI - L. Cain (7), S. Perez (16), D. Butera 2 (2)
          • 2-Out RBI - D. Butera
          BATTING
          • 2B - C. Dickerson (10)
          • 3B - C. Rasmus
          • HR - C. Rasmus (2)
          • RBI - B. Miller (11), C. Rasmus (4)
          BASERUNNING
          • SB - L. Cain (8), E. Hosmer 2 (2), A. Gordon
          FIELDING
          • Outfield Assist - S. Souza
          • E - K. Kiermaier (2), B. Miller (5), D. Norris 2 (3)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          N. Karns (W, 2-2)6.162221004.581.2623.0
          M. Strahm1.22111418.101.801.0
          J. Soria1.01000202.451.003.0
          Total9.09333161---
          PITCHERSIP
          N. Karns (W, 2-2)6.1
          M. Strahm1.2
          J. Soria1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          B. Snell (L, 0-3)5.010441213.962.20-4.0
          A. Pruitt2.03311307.522.002.5
          C. Whitley1.00000100.640.003.5
          J. Alvarado1.00000109.000.003.5
          Total9.01375271---
          PITCHERSIP
          B. Snell (L, 0-3)5.0
          A. Pruitt2.0
          C. Whitley1.0
          J. Alvarado1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • WP - M. Strahm
          • HBP - N. Karns (2)
          • Pitches-Strikes - N. Karns 100-62, M. Strahm 34-21, J. Soria 16-11
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - N. Karns 3-5, M. Strahm 1-0, J. Soria 1-0
          • Batters Faced - N. Karns 27, M. Strahm 8, J. Soria 4
          PITCHING
          • WP - B. Snell (2)
          • HBP - A. Pruitt (3)
          • Pitches-Strikes - B. Snell 105-61, A. Pruitt 41-26, C. Whitley 17-11, J. Alvarado 8-6
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - B. Snell 5-6, A. Pruitt 1-2, C. Whitley 1-1, J. Alvarado 1-1
          • Batters Faced - B. Snell 24, A. Pruitt 11, C. Whitley 3, J. Alvarado 3
          • 8TH INNING
            Rasmus homered to center73
          • 7TH INNING
            Kiermaier scored, Norris to third, Dickerson to second on wild pitch72
            Cuthbert safe at first on 2nd baseman Miller fielding error, Hosmer scored, Perez to second61
            Cain scored, Hosmer to second on catcher Norris fielding error61
          • 6TH INNING
            Butera singled to center, Gordon scored51
          • 5TH INNING
            Perez singled to left, Hosmer scored41
          • 3RD INNING
            Cain singled to center, Escobar and Cain scored on center fielder Kiermaier fielding error31
            Butera homered to left11
          • 1ST INNING
            Miller singled to center, Dickerson scored01
          • 9TH INNING
            • J. Alvarado Pitching:
            • E. Hosmer: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Hosmer struck out swinging
            • S. Perez: Foul, Ball, Ball, Perez grounded out to shortstop
            • J. Soler: Soler lined out to right
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Soria Pitching:
            • D. Norris: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Norris struck out swinging
            • C. Dickerson: Ball, Strike looking, Dickerson reached on an infield single to second
            • B. Miller: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike looking, Miller struck out looking
            • E. Longoria: Foul, Foul, Ball, Longoria grounded out to second
            • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • C. Whitley Pitching:
            • D. Butera: Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Butera lined out to right
            • A. Escobar: Ball, Escobar grounded out to third
            • L. Cain: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Cain struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • M. Strahm Pitching:
            • P. Bourjos: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Bourjos struck out looking
            • C. Rasmus: Ball, Ball, Foul, Rasmus homered to center
            • T. Beckham: Beckham grounded out to third
            • K. Kiermaier: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Kiermaier struck out looking
            • End of the 8th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • A. Pruitt Pitching:
            • L. Cain: Cain reached on an infield single to shortstop
            • E. Hosmer: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Cain stole second, Hosmer singled to right center, Cain to third
            • S. Perez: Strike looking, Cain scored, Hosmer to second on catcher Norris fielding error, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Perez walked
            • J. Soler: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Soler flied out to left
            • W. Merrifield: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Hosmer stole third, Strike swinging, Merrifield struck out swinging
            • C. Cuthbert: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Cuthbert safe at first on 2nd baseman Miller fielding error, Hosmer scored, Perez to second
            • A. Gordon: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike looking, Gordon struck out looking
            • Middle of the 7th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 2 Errors)
            • N. Karns Pitching:
            • T. Beckham: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Beckham flied out to shallow right
            • K. Kiermaier: Kiermaier singled to right
            • D. Norris: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Norris hit by pitch, Kiermaier to second
            • C. Dickerson: Strike swinging, Foul, Dickerson reached on an infield single to second, Kiermaier to third, Norris to second
            • B. Miller: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Miller struck out looking
            • E. Longoria: Ball, Kiermaier scored, Norris to third, Dickerson to second on wild pitch, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Longoria walked
            • L. Morrison: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Morrison struck out swinging
            • End of the 7th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • B. Snell Pitching:
            • W. Merrifield: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Merrifield singled to center
            • C. Cuthbert: Cuthbert flied into double play right to first, Merrifield out at first
            • A. Gordon: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Gordon hit by pitch
            • D. Butera: Strike looking, Gordon stole second, Gordon to third on catcher Norris fielding error, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Butera singled to center, Gordon scored
            • A. Escobar: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Escobar struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 6th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
            • N. Karns Pitching:
            • E. Longoria: Strike looking, Ball, Longoria reached on an infield single to second
            • L. Morrison: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Morrison grounded out to second, Longoria to second
            • S. Souza: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Souza struck out swinging
            • C. Rasmus: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Rasmus struck out swinging
            • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • B. Snell Pitching:
            • L. Cain: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Cain flied out to shallow right
            • E. Hosmer: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Hosmer doubled to left center
            • S. Perez: Ball, Perez singled to left, Hosmer scored
            • J. Soler: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Soler grounded into double play second to third to first, Perez out at second
            • Middle of the 5th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • N. Karns Pitching:
            • D. Norris: Strike looking, Norris popped out to catcher
            • C. Dickerson: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Dickerson flied out to deep center
            • B. Miller: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Miller struck out swinging
            • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • B. Snell Pitching:
            • C. Cuthbert: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Cuthbert flied out to center
            • A. Gordon: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Gordon walked
            • D. Butera: Butera reached on fielder's choice to second, Gordon out at second
            • A. Escobar: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Escobar popped out to second
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • N. Karns Pitching:
            • C. Rasmus: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Rasmus struck out swinging
            • T. Beckham: Ball, Beckham flied out to deep center
            • K. Kiermaier: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Kiermaier struck out looking
            • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • B. Snell Pitching:
            • D. Butera: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Butera homered to left
            • A. Escobar: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Escobar doubled to deep left
            • L. Cain: Foul, Cain singled to center, Escobar and Cain scored on center fielder Kiermaier fielding error
            • E. Hosmer: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Hosmer singled to deep right center
            • S. Perez: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Perez singled to left, Hosmer to second
            • J. Soler: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Soler grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Hosmer to third, Perez out at second
            • W. Merrifield: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Merrifield flied out to left
            • Middle of the 3rd (3 Runs, 5 Hits, 1 Error)
            • N. Karns Pitching:
            • C. Dickerson: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Dickerson walked
            • B. Miller: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Miller walked, Dickerson to second
            • E. Longoria: Longoria singled to left, Dickerson to third, Miller to second
            • L. Morrison: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Morrison struck out swinging
            • S. Souza: Strike swinging, Souza grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Longoria out at second
            • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • B. Snell Pitching:
            • J. Soler: Ball, Foul, Soler popped out to second
            • W. Merrifield: Ball, Merrifield singled to left
            • C. Cuthbert: Ball, Ball, Cuthbert flied out to deep right
            • A. Gordon: Strike looking, Ball, Merrifield to second on wild pitch, Strike swinging, Gordon grounded out to second
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • N. Karns Pitching:
            • C. Rasmus: Ball, Strike swinging, Rasmus tripled to deep right center
            • T. Beckham: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Beckham struck out swinging
            • K. Kiermaier: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Kiermaier struck out swinging
            • D. Norris: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Norris struck out swinging
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • B. Snell Pitching:
            • A. Escobar: Ball, Escobar singled to center
            • L. Cain: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Cain struck out looking
            • E. Hosmer: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Hosmer grounded out to second, Escobar to second
            • S. Perez: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Perez struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • N. Karns Pitching:
            • C. Dickerson: Strike looking, Dickerson doubled to shallow left
            • B. Miller: Miller singled to center, Dickerson scored
            • E. Longoria: Strike looking, Ball, Longoria reached on fielder's choice to second, Miller out at second
            • L. Morrison: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Morrison struck out looking
            • S. Souza: Ball, Souza lined out to right
            • End of the 1st (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)