The KC Royals won the first game of their series in Tampa Bay, winning 3-2. The two teams did not score over the game’s final six innings.
Paulo Orlando gave the Royals a short-lived 1-0 lead in the top of the second on a two out single. The Rays came right back to tie the game in the bottom of the inning on a James Loney double.
In the 3rd inning, Ben Zobrist doubled to start the inning and with two outs, Kendrys Morales hit a home run to give the Royals the 3-1 lead (the play was challenged and upheld). The Rays came right back with a run on an Orlando fielding error in left field.
Zobrist, who was a favorite in TB, was honored before the game (his first game back since being traded from Oakland to KC) and had the chance to watch his wife sing the National Anthem. Zobrist then went 2-for-4.
The Royals collected just one hit after the 3rd inning, a single from Morales in the fifth.
Edinson Volquez earned the victory, as he allowed two runs (one earned) on six hits and two walks over 6.2 innings. He struck out five. Franklin Morales entered in the seventh with a runner on base and stranded the runner.
Next up was Kelvin Herrera, who allowed a hit in the eighth. Greg Holland earned his 29th save with a seven pitch ninth (with two strikeouts).