Kansas City’s Kauffman Stadium has proven to be a house of horrors for the Rays recently. Monday’s makeup game proved to be no different. The Royals easily took care of Jeremy Hellickson and the Rays with an 11-1 victory on Monday afternoon. The Royals are now 6-1 against the Rays this season and Tampa Bay has dropped 6 straight in K.C. dating back to last season.
The Royals were able to get to Hellickson in the 1st inning. Billy Butler’s RBI single gave the Royals a 1-0 lead. Hellboy threw 32 pitches in that first inning, which could’ve been worse considering the Royals had runners on 1st and 2nd with nobody out. Hellboy was not so fortunate in the third inning, when he gave up four more runs. Butler came through again with an RBI single. That was followed by an RBI double off the bat of Mike Moustakas. Salvador Perez’s sac fly made it 4-0 before Justin Maxwell’s RBI single made it 5-0 Royals. Hellboy’s day was done after 2 and 2/3 innings pitched. He was charged with 5 runs on 7 hits to get the loss. His record now drops to 10-8 on the season. Hellboy is now 0-5 over his last six starts and clearly doesn’t look like himself.
The Rays got one back in the 4th on a James Loney RBI single. Tampa Bay loaded the bases later in the inning with two out but David DeJesus struck out looking to end the inning. After the inning was over, Rays manager Joe Maddon was ejected by home plate umpire Greg Gibson for arguing balls and strikes. It was Maddon’s 31st ejection of his managerial career.
Cesar Ramos came on in relief of Hellboy in the 3rd and pitched well until the 6th inning when the Royals blew the game wide open. Ramos gave up an RBI triple to Alex Gordon to make it 6-1 Kansas City. Moustakas stroked an RBI single to give the Royals a 7-1 lead. The big blow came shortly after when Salvador Perez smacked a 3-run HR to make it 10-1 Royals and that’s all she wrote. Butler added a solo HR in the 8th for good measure to make it 11-1 Royals. Butler went 3 for 3 with 3 RBI. Perez drove in four on the day. Matt Joyce went 3 for 3 for the Rays.
Jeremy Guthrie allowed just one run over 5 innings to get his 13th win of the season. With the loss, the 74-55 Rays fall 1.5 games behind the idle Red Sox in the A.L. East. The Rays return to Tropicana Field on Tuesday to begin a 3-game series with the Angels. 6-13 Roberto Hernandez goes for the Rays against 13-6 C.J. Wilson. Our coverage begins at 6pm with the Suncoast Hyundai Inside Pitch on 620 WDAE and 95.3FM, your home for Rays baseball.