MLB Game Recap - Tampa Bay at Kansas City
Thu May 2, 2019 2:15 PM EDT

CIN
0
NYM
1
F
SD
11
ATL
2
F
HOU
2
MIN
8
F
COL
11
MIL
6
F
TB
3
KC
1
F
STL
1
WAS
2
F
BOS
4
CHW
6
F
TOR
2
LAA
6
F

May 2, 2019 2:15 PM

Final

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

R

H

E

Tampa Bay (20-11)

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

2

3

7

0

Kansas City (11-21)

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

5

0

W: Kolarek (2-0)

L: Peralta (2-2)

S: Castillo (4)

TB - HR: Lowe (7)

KC - HR: none

Rays rally to beat Royals 3-1 for 4-game split
Thu May 2, 2019 6:22 PM

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Brandon Lowe followed a solid first month with a hot start to May.

The Tampa Bay rookie hit a two-run homer off Wily Peralta with two outs in the ninth inning, and the Tampa Bay Rays rallied to beat the Kansas City Royals 3-1 Thursday for a four-game split.

Lowe hit a changeup to right that just kept carrying and went over the wall.

"I didn't know it was going to be a home run," Lowe said. "As I was running, I was saying, `C'mon, get up.' I was asking for it to do something for me. It wasn't the intention in that at-bat. I was just trying to find a gap."

Peralta (2-2) walked Daniel Robertson on four pitches leading off the ninth, and Lowe connected with two outs for his seventh home run this season.

Lowe's average through the end of April with .289 with six homers and 17 RBIs. He is 5 for 12 in May.

"He did it right again today," manager Kevin Cash said. "He came up in a clutch situation. He got a pitch, and it kind of looked like he got out in front of it a little bit. But we've talked about his power. For not the biggest guy in the world, he can generate a lot of power."

Whit Merrifield became the third player with a two-triple game this season for the Royals, who lead the major leagues with 17 in 32 games. His third-inning triple drove in Martin Maldonado, who beat out an infield hit and is 7 for 13 against Charlie Morton.

Merrifield entered 30 for 89 against the Rays.

"I saw the stat that he's 30-for-90 against us in his career," Cash said. "I would have guessed he was like 90-for-30."AL East-leading Tampa Bay tied the score in the fifth on consecutive singles by Willy Adames, Nate Lowe and Guillermo Heredia.

Adam Kolarek (2-1) got the final two outs of the eighth, and Diego Castillo struck out two in a perfect ninth for his fourth save in as many chances. Tampa Bay won the season series 4-3.

Royals starter Danny Duffy allowed six hits in six innings, while Charlie Morton gave up five hits in 6 2/3 innings with nine strikeouts.

"He's nasty," Kansas City's Alex Gordon said. "Usually I'm pretty frustrated when the offense only scores one run. But when the guy has stuff like that and commands it like that, it's hard to hit."

GETTING HOT

Hunter Dozier had two hits. Since an opening 3-for-27 slide, he is 30 for 69 (.435).

STAYING COLD

Chris Owings was 0 for 22 with 10 strikeouts against the Rays this season.

MOVES

Rays: RHP Austin Pruitt, the 26th man during Wednesday's doubleheader, was returned to Triple-A Durham. Tampa Bay recalled RHP Casey Sadler from Durham for his second stint of the season following a one-day appearance on April 19. He pitched two scoreless innings in his major league debut.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Rays: RHP Hunter Wood was put on the 10-day IL with right shoulder soreness.

UP NEXT

Rays: RHP Tyler Glasnow (5-0), who leads the AL with a 1.75 ERA, starts Friday at Baltimore.

Royals: RHP Jorge Lopez (0-2) starts Friday's series opener at Detroit.

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Pitchers of Record

Tampa Bay IP H ER BB K ERA WHIP
A. Kolarek (W, 2-0) 0.2 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.000
D. Castillo (S, 4) 1 0 0 0 2 0.00 0.000
Kansas City IP H ER BB K ERA WHIP
W. Peralta (L, 2-2) 1 1 2 1 0 18.00 2.000

Batting Leaders

Tampa Bay AB H R HR RBI BB TB SB RC
B. Lowe 4 2 1 1 2 0 5 0 2.5
G. Heredia 3 1 0 0 1 0 1 0 0.3
Kansas City AB H R HR RBI BB TB SB RC
W. Merrifield 4 2 0 0 1 0 6 0 3.0
H. Dozier 4 2 0 0 0 0 4 0 2.0

Team Comparison

TB KC
At Bats 32 32
Hits 7 5
Batting Average .219 .156
On Base Percentage .265 .182
Slugging Percentage 0.313 0.344
Doubles 0 2
Triples 0 2
Home Runs 1 0
Total Bases 10 11
Walks 2 1
Strikeouts 9 12
Stolen Bases 0 0
Caught Stealing 1 0
Runners Left On Base 4 5
Hits / At Bats with Runners In Scoring Position 1/3 0/9
Double Plays Fielded 0 2
Errors 0 0

2019 Regular Season - TB Leads Series 4-3

Date Result Winner Loser
Mon Apr 22 KC 3 @ TB 6 W. Font B. Keller
Tue Apr 23 KC 2 @ TB 5 J. Beeks H. Bailey
Wed Apr 24 KC 10 @ TB 2 J. Junis B. Snell
Mon Apr 29 TB 8 @ KC 5 Y. Chirinos B. Keller
Wed May 1 TB 2 @ KC 3 J. Junis R. Stanek
Wed May 1 TB 2 @ KC 8 G. Sparkman B. Snell
Thu May 2 TB 3 @ KC 1 A. Kolarek W. Peralta

Game Information

Stadium: Ewing M. Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri
Attendance: 23,343
Game Time: 2:33
Weather: 58F, Partly Cloudy
Wind:
Umpires: Home Plate - ?, First Base - ?, Second Base - ?, Third Base - ?