Royals Pummel Rays 8-0
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — After being on the losing end of a few blowouts over the weekend, the Kansas City Royals got to enjoy an 8-0 shellacking at the expense of the Tampa Bay Rays on Monday night at Kauffman Stadium.
Third baseman Mike Moustakas hit an RBI double in the first inning to give the Royals a 1-0 lead, providing starter Luke Hochevar all the padding he would need to pitch one of the best games of his career.
In his second career shutout, Hochevar (5-7, 5.07 ERA) gave up seven hits, all singles, in 9 scoreless innings, striking out eight and walking one. It was the first complete game tossed by any Royals pitcher this season.
Kansas City (32-39, 12-23 home) scored five runs on seven singles to take a 6-0 lead in the third inning. The Royals got hits when it mattered most, finishing 6-9 with runners in scoring position.
Tampa Bay (40-33, 19-18 away) went 0-7 with RISP.
Rays starter Alex Cobb (3-4, 4.73) gave up eight runs on 13 hits in 8 innings, fanning one and walking none.
First baseman Eric Hosmer provided the cherry on top with a solo home run in the eighth inning, his 9th HR of the season.
Royals left-handed pitcher Bruce Chen (6-6, 4.81 ERA) takes the bump against Rays rookie RHP Chris Archer (0-1, 1.50 ERA) for game two on Tuesday night at Kauffman Stadium.