The Rays were finally able to break through against a Royals team that has had their number. On Tuesday night, the Rays were able to feed off a solid start by Jeremy Hellickson as they downed the Royals 4-3 at Tropicana Field. Rays (42–51) improved to 2-3 this season against the Royals (46-43).
Hellickson pitched well in his season debut. He went 4.1 innings and allowed just one run on 6 hits with one walk and two strikeouts. Hellboy threw 84 pitches. He was taken out of the game in the 5th inning in favor of Brad Boxberger. Salvador Perez’s RBI grounder off Boxberger scored Lorenzo Cain to give the Royals a 1-0 lead.
Rays were handcuffed by Jason Vargas for 5 innings but they got to him in the 6th inning. Tampa Bay put together three straight hits— culminating with a 2-run single by Evan Longoria to give the Rays a 2-1 lead. Vargas was taken out shortly after that. Rays scored two more in the 8th to put it away. Brandon Guyer had 3 hits and scored twice. Longoria went 2 for 4 with 2 RBI.
The Rays bullpen did a fine job in relief of Hellickson. Boxberger, Grant Balfour, Joel Peralta and Jake McGee finished the job. McGee did give up two runs in the 9th but he held on to record his 6th save. Boxberger got the win. Vargas got the loss.
The Rays and Royals wrap up their 3 game series on Wednesday night from Tropicana Field. 4-6 Alex Cobb throws for the Rays against 6-7 Yordano Ventura. Our coverage on 620am WDAE and 95.3FM begins at 6pm with Tom Krasniqi and the Suncoast Hyundai Dealers Inside Pitch.