by Steve Carney
The Kansas City bats made up for being blanked Tuesday, blasting Jake Odorizzi for seven runs, including their first home run of the year, in the first five innings, taking the finale of their three-game series with the Rays 7-3 Wednesday afternoon at Kauffman Stadium.
Odorizzi and Jeremy Guthrie matched scoreless innings until the fourth inning, when Desmond Jennings led off the top of the inning against Guthrie with his first home run of the year to open the scoring.
The Rays right-hander however could not get a shutdown inning of his own, giving up singles to Johnny Giavotella and Eric Hosmer before a groundout by Billy Butler brought in Giavotella with the tying run. Gordon then grounded a seeing-eye single into right field, scoring Hosmer to make it a 2-1 game.
Kansas City busted the game open in the fifth, as Lorenzo Cain reached on a check-swing infield single, and after Alcides Escobar struck out, Nori Aoki tripled into the right-field corner to bring in Cain and extend the lead to 3-1, and a sac fly by Giavotella scored Aoki to make it a three-run game.
Odorizzi then allowed singles to Hosmer and Butler before Gordon stepped up and blasted a three-run bomb to right field to make it 7-1.
The relief corps of Brandon Gomes, Jeff Beliveau, and Cesar Ramos got the defense back in order, throwing a scoreless inning of relief apiece.
Jennings got one run back for the Rays in the ninth, as his one-out double scored pinch-hitter Brandon Guyer, who doubled to start the inning, and following a single by Wil Myers, Ryan Hanigan's groundout brought in Jennings to cap the scoring.
After a day off, the Rays will move on to Cincinnati for a weekend interleague series against the Reds. Friday's opener will feature David Price (1-0, 4.05 ERA) will take on Johnny Cueto (0-1, 1.93 ERA). First pitch is scheduled for 7:05, with coverage on WDAE starting at 6:00 with the Suncoast Hyundai Dealers Inside Pitch.