Royals Demolish Rays 8-2, Clinch Series

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — For the second straight night, the Kansas City Royals got it done with electric pitching and big-time offense.

Starter Bruce Chen helped propel the Royals to a series-clinching 8-2 win over the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday night at Kauffman Stadium.

Things looked bleak for the Royals early, as the Rays took a 2-0 lead in the second inning on a solo home run by second baseman Brooks Conrad.

Chen (7-6, 4.53 ERA) found his groove shortly thereafter. In 7 innings, he gave up one run on five hits, striking out five and walking one.

Second baseman Yuniesky Betancourt capped a huge third-inning rally with a two-run HR that put the Royals up 4-2.

Rays rookie starter Chris Archer (0-2, 3.09 ERA) gave up three runs on four hits in 5 2/3 innings, striking out seven and walking one.

The Rays’ bullpen held off the Royals (33-39, 13-23 home) for as long as they could, until they were stung once again by the big inning.

Reliever Aaron Crow (0-1, 2.70 ERA) struck out a pair in the eighth to set up another four-run monster inning that slammed the door shut on the Rays. Right fielder Jeff Francoeur smashed his 7th HR of the year, a three-run bomb that gave Kansas City an 8-2 lead.

Tampa Bay (40-34, 19-19 away) went 0-5 with runners in scoring position.

Royals left-handed pitcher Everett Teaford (0-1, 5.73 ERA) takes the hill against Rays LHP Matt Moore (4-5, 4.13 ERA) as the Royals go for the sweep on Wednesday afternoon at Kauffman Stadium.

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