Snell, Rays tie team record shutout streak; beat Royals 4-1

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Blake Snell added to a run of top-notch pitching by the Tampa Bay Rays.

The All-Star left-hander helped Tampa Bay match a team record with 27 consecutive shutout innings, and the Rays beat the Kansas City Royals 4-1 on Tuesday night.

''This pitching staff, I think, is very, very talented,'' Snell said. ''I'm not surprised. Guys can pitch, they come in compete and work every day.''

The scoreless stretch ended when Snell (15-5) allowed a fifth-inning solo homer to Ryan O'Hearn.

Snell struck out 11 and gave up four hits in six innings. The left-hander has 13 straight home starts of allowing one earned run or fewer, which is longest stretch in the majors since 1913, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

''I like being at home, I don't like going on planes or buses,'' Snell said with a smile. ''I don't know what it is. I feel very comfortable here.''

Tampa Bay has a 1.89 ERA over the last 11 games.

''We're doing it with a lot of young pitchers,'' Rays manager Kevin Cash said. ''Blake did his thing. Another dominating performance. I like where Blake's going.''

Since returning from a stint on the disabled list for left shoulder fatigue Aug. 4th, Snell is 3-0 and has given up two earned runs over 20 innings in four starts.

''He's not an All-Star by accident,'' Royals manager Ned Yost said.

O'Hearn has five homers in 14 career games for the Royals, who dropped to 50 games (38-88) under .500.

Tampa Bay's Tommy Pham had three hits, an RBI and a walk but left in the eighth after dislocating his right ring finger diving back to first base on a pickoff attempt. He's day to day.

''I thought I broke it,'' Pham said. ''My finger was pointed the other direction. Got lucky.''

Willy Adames had three hits and put the Rays up 1-0 on a homer off an overhanging catwalk in the second that left fielder Alex Gordon nearly made a diving catch on. The effort would have been in vain if Gordon caught it because Tropicana Field ground rules state a ball hitting that catwalk is an automatic home run.

Gordon was OK after going over the short wall down the left-field line trying to catch Brandon Lowe's fifth-inning foul ball.

Joey Wendle made it 3-0 with a two-run triple off Glenn Sparkman (0-2) during the fourth.

Sparkman gave up three runs and seven hits over four innings in his second career start.

Sergio Romo pitched the ninth for his 17th save, working out of a two-on, one-out jam.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Royals: Yost said LHP Danny Duffy, placed on the 10-day DL on Aug. 13th, is ''pretty much on track'' to start Thursday night. ... RHP Ian Kennedy (left oblique strain) could start a minor league rehab assignment next week. ... OF Jorge Bonifacio was a late scratch with lower back tightness.

Rays: 3B Matt Duffy, hitting .202 over his previous 25 games, was rested. Duffy was limited to three minor league games in 2017 following Achilles tendon surgery. ''We're getting to the dog days of the season, that's something I've got to recognize,'' Cash said. ... LHP Vidal Nuno (right hamstring) allowed three hits in three scoreless innings for Class A Charlotte.

RARE COMPANY

Snell joined Hall of Famer Bob Gibson (1968) as the only pitchers since 1920 with at least 160 strikeouts and fewer than 35 runs allowed through 24 starts, according to Stats LLC.

UP NEXT

Royals RHP Jakob Junis (6-11) will face Rays reliever Ryne Stanek (1-3) in a bullpen game Wednesday night. Junis is 2-0 with a 1.35 ERA in two appearances against Tampa Bay.

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  • W: B. Snell (15-5)L: G. Sparkman (0-2)S: S. Romo (17)
  • HR: KC - R. O'Hearn (5), TB - W. Adames (7)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
W. Merrifield CF30100110.303.372.426.7981.5
A. Gordon LF40100021.238.321.348.6680.0
S. Perez C40100022.235.273.431.7040.0
H. Dozier 3B40100033.213.271.326.598-0.5
R. Herrera RF40000011.239.283.320.603-0.5
L. Duda DH30100120.237.308.397.7062.0
A. Escobar 2B40200020.212.263.293.5562.0
R. O'Hearn 1B41111024.182.265.523.7885.0
A. Mondesi SS40000014.252.272.401.673-0.5
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    M. Smith RF-LF51200011.302.374.426.8003.5
    T. Pham LF41310102.244.333.390.7237.0
    C. Gomez PR-RF00000000.215.309.348.6570.0
    J. Wendle 3B40120112.290.339.425.7645.5
    C. Cron DH50200024.252.318.482.8002.0
    J. Bauers 1B30000122.209.328.413.7420.0
    K. Kiermaier CF40100012.190.254.306.5600.5
    W. Adames SS41311002.253.309.402.7118.0
    B. Lowe 2B40000033.091.211.121.332-1.5
    M. Perez C41200002.291.322.400.7223.0
      BATTING
      • 2B - W. Merrifield (33), L. Duda (11), A. Escobar (17)
      • HR - R. O'Hearn (5)
      • RBI - R. O'Hearn (11)
      • 2-Out RBI - R. O'Hearn (5)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - H. Dozier 3 (3), R. Herrera, A. Mondesi 4 (4)
      BATTING
      • 2B - M. Smith (21), T. Pham (13), C. Cron (23)
      • 3B - J. Wendle (5)
      • HR - W. Adames (7)
      • RBI - T. Pham (43), J. Wendle 2 (44), W. Adames (19)
      • 2-Out RBI - J. Wendle 2 (13)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - T. Pham 2 (2), C. Cron 3 (3), J. Bauers 2 (2), W. Adames 2 (2), B. Lowe, M. Perez 2 (2)
      BASERUNNING
      • CS - W. Merrifield (8)
      FIELDING
      • Outfield Assist - R. Herrera (2)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      G. Sparkman (L, 0-2)4.07333515.251.71-3.5
      B. Smith3.05110406.381.575.0
      K. McCarthy1.02000103.481.271.5
      PITCHERSIP
      G. Sparkman (L, 0-2)4.0
      B. Smith3.0
      K. McCarthy1.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      B. Snell (W, 15-5)6.041111112.071.0127.5
      A. Kolarek (H, 4)1.02000104.911.421.5
      C. Roe (H, 22)1.01000203.261.013.0
      S. Romo (S, 17)1.01001203.421.219.0
      PITCHERSIP
      B. Snell (W, 15-5)6.0
      A. Kolarek (H, 4)1.0
      C. Roe (H, 22)1.0
      S. Romo (S, 17)1.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - G. Sparkman 88-48, B. Smith 52-34, K. McCarthy 14-10
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - G. Sparkman 4-3, B. Smith 4-1
      • Batters Faced - G. Sparkman 22, B. Smith 14, K. McCarthy 4
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - B. Snell 101-67, A. Kolarek 24-16, C. Roe 17-13, S. Romo 21-12
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - B. Snell 2-4, A. Kolarek 1-1
      • Batters Faced - B. Snell 22, A. Kolarek 5, C. Roe 4, S. Romo 5
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      W. Merrifield CF30100110.303.372.426.7981.5
      A. Gordon LF40100021.238.321.348.6680.0
      S. Perez C40100022.235.273.431.7040.0
      H. Dozier 3B40100033.213.271.326.598-0.5
      R. Herrera RF40000011.239.283.320.603-0.5
      L. Duda DH30100120.237.308.397.7062.0
      A. Escobar 2B40200020.212.263.293.5562.0
      R. O'Hearn 1B41111024.182.265.523.7885.0
      A. Mondesi SS40000014.252.272.401.673-0.5
      Total34181121615-----
        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        M. Smith RF-LF51200011.302.374.426.8003.5
        T. Pham LF41310102.244.333.390.7237.0
        C. Gomez PR-RF00000000.215.309.348.6570.0
        J. Wendle 3B40120112.290.339.425.7645.5
        C. Cron DH50200024.252.318.482.8002.0
        J. Bauers 1B30000122.209.328.413.7420.0
        K. Kiermaier CF40100012.190.254.306.5600.5
        W. Adames SS41311002.253.309.402.7118.0
        B. Lowe 2B40000033.091.211.121.332-1.5
        M. Perez C41200002.291.322.400.7223.0
        Total374144131020-----
        HITTERSAB
        M. Smith RF-LF5
        T. Pham LF4
        C. Gomez PR-RF0
        J. Wendle 3B4
        C. Cron DH5
        J. Bauers 1B3
        K. Kiermaier CF4
        W. Adames SS4
        B. Lowe 2B4
        M. Perez C4
        Total37
          BATTING
          • 2B - W. Merrifield (33), L. Duda (11), A. Escobar (17)
          • HR - R. O'Hearn (5)
          • RBI - R. O'Hearn (11)
          • 2-Out RBI - R. O'Hearn (5)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - H. Dozier 3 (3), R. Herrera, A. Mondesi 4 (4)
          BATTING
          • 2B - M. Smith (21), T. Pham (13), C. Cron (23)
          • 3B - J. Wendle (5)
          • HR - W. Adames (7)
          • RBI - T. Pham (43), J. Wendle 2 (44), W. Adames (19)
          • 2-Out RBI - J. Wendle 2 (13)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - T. Pham 2 (2), C. Cron 3 (3), J. Bauers 2 (2), W. Adames 2 (2), B. Lowe, M. Perez 2 (2)
          BASERUNNING
          • CS - W. Merrifield (8)
          FIELDING
          • Outfield Assist - R. Herrera (2)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          G. Sparkman (L, 0-2)4.07333515.251.71-3.5
          B. Smith3.05110406.381.575.0
          K. McCarthy1.02000103.481.271.5
          Total8.014443101---
          PITCHERSIP
          G. Sparkman (L, 0-2)4.0
          B. Smith3.0
          K. McCarthy1.0
          Total8.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          B. Snell (W, 15-5)6.041111112.071.0127.5
          A. Kolarek (H, 4)1.02000104.911.421.5
          C. Roe (H, 22)1.01000203.261.013.0
          S. Romo (S, 17)1.01001203.421.219.0
          Total9.08112161---
          PITCHERSIP
          B. Snell (W, 15-5)6.0
          A. Kolarek (H, 4)1.0
          C. Roe (H, 22)1.0
          S. Romo (S, 17)1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - G. Sparkman 88-48, B. Smith 52-34, K. McCarthy 14-10
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - G. Sparkman 4-3, B. Smith 4-1
          • Batters Faced - G. Sparkman 22, B. Smith 14, K. McCarthy 4
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - B. Snell 101-67, A. Kolarek 24-16, C. Roe 17-13, S. Romo 21-12
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - B. Snell 2-4, A. Kolarek 1-1
          • Batters Faced - B. Snell 22, A. Kolarek 5, C. Roe 4, S. Romo 5
          • 6TH INNING
            Pham doubled to deep center, Smith scored14
          • 5TH INNING
            O'Hearn homered to left center13
          • 4TH INNING
            Wendle tripled to shallow right, Perez and Pham scored03
          • 2ND INNING
            Adames homered to left center01
          • 9TH INNING
            • Sergio Romo relieved Chaz Roe
            • R. Herrera: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Herrera popped out to catcher
            • L. Duda: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Duda walked
            • A. Escobar: Strike looking, Escobar doubled to deep right center, Duda to third
            • R. O'Hearn: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, O'Hearn struck out swinging
            • A. Mondesi: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Mondesi struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • Chaz Roe relieved Adam Kolarek
            • W. Merrifield: Merrifield flied out to deep right
            • A. Gordon: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Gordon singled to deep left
            • S. Perez: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Perez struck out swinging
            • H. Dozier: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Dozier struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • Kevin McCarthy relieved Burch Smith
            • M. Smith: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Smith struck out swinging
            • T. Pham: Pham singled to left center
            • J. Wendle: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt
            • Wendle flied out to right
            • C. Cron: Foul, Pickoff attempt, Cron doubled to deep right, Gomez out at home
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • Adam Kolarek relieved Blake Snell
            • R. Herrera: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Herrera flied out to right
            • L. Duda: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Duda doubled to right center
            • A. Escobar: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Escobar singled to left, Duda to third
            • R. O'Hearn: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul tip, O'Hearn struck out on foul tip
            • A. Mondesi: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Mondesi grounded out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • B. Smith Pitching:
            • J. Bauers: Bauers grounded out to second
            • K. Kiermaier: Ball, Ball, Kiermaier singled to left
            • W. Adames: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Adames singled to left, Kiermaier to second
            • B. Lowe: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Lowe struck out swinging
            • M. Perez: Strike looking, Strike looking, Perez popped out to shortstop
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • B. Snell Pitching:
            • W. Merrifield: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Merrifield struck out looking
            • A. Gordon: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Gordon struck out swinging
            • S. Perez: Foul, Ball, Ball, Perez singled to shallow center
            • H. Dozier: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Dozier struck out looking
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • B. Smith Pitching:
            • M. Perez: Ball, Perez grounded out to first
            • M. Smith: Ball, Ball, Smith doubled to deep right center
            • T. Pham: Ball, Strike (foul tip), Pham doubled to deep center, Smith scored
            • J. Wendle: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Wendle grounded out to second, Pham to third
            • C. Cron: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Cron struck out swinging
            • End of the 6th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • B. Snell Pitching:
            • L. Duda: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Duda struck out swinging
            • A. Escobar: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Escobar struck out swinging
            • R. O'Hearn: Ball, Foul, O'Hearn homered to left center
            • A. Mondesi: Strike swinging, Mondesi grounded out to first
            • Middle of the 5th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • Burch Smith relieved Glenn Sparkman
            • J. Bauers: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Bauers struck out swinging
            • K. Kiermaier: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Kiermaier grounded out to catcher
            • W. Adames: Ball, Foul, Adames reached on an infield single to second
            • B. Lowe: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Lowe struck out swinging
            • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • B. Snell Pitching:
            • A. Gordon: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Gordon struck out looking
            • S. Perez: Foul, Ball, Perez grounded out to shortstop
            • H. Dozier: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Dozier reached on an infield single to third
            • R. Herrera: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Herrera struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • G. Sparkman Pitching:
            • B. Lowe: Ball, Strike swinging, Lowe grounded out to first
            • M. Perez: Perez reached on an infield single to shortstop
            • M. Smith: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Smith grounded out to second, Perez to second
            • T. Pham: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Pham walked
            • J. Wendle: Strike looking, Ball, Wendle tripled to shallow right, Perez and Pham scored
            • C. Cron: Ball, Foul, Cron lined out to shortstop
            • End of the 4th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • B. Snell Pitching:
            • R. O'Hearn: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, O'Hearn fouled out to third
            • A. Mondesi: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Mondesi flied out to shallow right
            • W. Merrifield: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Merrifield walked
            • A. Gordon: Ball, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Merrifield caught stealing, catcher to shortstop
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • G. Sparkman Pitching:
            • J. Wendle: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Wendle struck out swinging
            • C. Cron: Cron singled to left
            • J. Bauers: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Bauers walked, Cron to second
            • K. Kiermaier: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Kiermaier struck out swinging
            • W. Adames: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Adames popped out to first
            • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • B. Snell Pitching:
            • R. Herrera: Ball, Ball, Foul, Herrera fouled out to right
            • L. Duda: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Duda struck out swinging
            • A. Escobar: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Escobar struck out looking
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • G. Sparkman Pitching:
            • K. Kiermaier: Kiermaier lined out to center
            • W. Adames: Ball, Ball, Adames homered to left center
            • B. Lowe: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Lowe struck out looking
            • M. Perez: Perez singled to left
            • M. Smith: Ball, Ball, Smith singled to left, Perez to second
            • T. Pham: Strike looking, Strike looking, Pham grounded out to pitcher
            • End of the 2nd (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • B. Snell Pitching:
            • W. Merrifield: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Merrifield doubled to deep left
            • A. Gordon: Gordon flied out to deep center, Merrifield to third
            • S. Perez: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Perez struck out swinging
            • H. Dozier: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Dozier struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • G. Sparkman Pitching:
            • M. Smith: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Smith grounded out to second
            • T. Pham: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Pham singled to center
            • J. Wendle: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Wendle walked, Pham to second
            • C. Cron: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Cron struck out swinging
            • J. Bauers: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Bauers struck out looking
            • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)