KANSAS CITY, MO - JUNE 25: Salvador Perez #13 of the Kansas City Royals is tagged out by Brooks Conrad #36 of the Tampa Bay Rays after being caught off base on a single in the third inning at Kauffman Stadium on June 25, 2012 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)

Rays Vs. Royals: Tampa Bay Swept By Kansas City

The Kansas City Royals completed a three-game sweep of the Tampa Bay Rays on Wednesday afternoon with a 5-4 win.

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Rays Vs. Royals Final Score: Kansas City Finishes The Sweep

The Tampa Bay Rays were pounded by the Kansas City Royals in the first two games of a three-game series. Tampa Bay was trying to salvage the series by avoiding a sweep, but their bats just couldn't do enough to surpass the Royals as Kansas City held on to win 5-4 and sweep the Rays.

Third baseman Mike Moustakas got things started off for the Royals with a first-inning home run to take the early lead. By the fifth inning the Royals had added three more runs to take a 4-0 lead, looking like they would pound the rays once again as they had in the first two games of the series.

Tampa Bay rallied in the sixth inning however, adding two runs to cut the lead in half. In the eighth inning Ben Zobrist picked up a two RBI triple to tie the game, but in the bottom of the inning Billy Butler homered to left field to give the Royals the lead and ultimately the win.

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Rays Vs. Royals: Tampa Bay Seeking Offense As They Try To Prevent A Sweep

Two games, two lop-sided losses for the Tampa Bay Rays. If the Rays are going to salvage at least one game in their series against the Kansas City Royals, they will need to find some offense after scoring a total of two runs in their last two games.

Tampa's offensive struggles arrived just as the Royals hit their stride. Kansas City scored eight runs in both games of the series. All but one Royals starter has recorded a hit in this series.

Matt Moore gets the ball for the Rays, looking to even his own record with a fifth win. the young left-hander has pitched well recently, wining three of his last four starts and allowing just seven earned runs over that same stretch.

Kansas City has Everett Teaford on the bump for what will be his second start and fourth appearance of the season. Teaford has a 5.73 ERA, seven walks and four strike outs in 11 innings of work this season.

The game starts at 2:10 p.m. Eastern. Fans can catch the game on the Sun Sports Network.

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Rays Vs. Royals Recap: KC Score 8 Again In Another Blowout Tampa Loss

For the second straight night, the Tampa Bay Rays were blown out in Kansas City. The Royals put eight runs up on the board for the second time in as many games. While it was Alex Cobb who was forced to wear it in a complete game on Monday, Chris Archer and Brandon Gomes were the ones who were shelled in Game 2. Archer went 5.2 innings, giving up three earned runs in a big third-inning rally by Kansas City. The Royals blew it open after consecutive errors by Sean Rodriguez and then Yuniesky Betancourt rocketed a two-run homer to left to give KC a lead they would not relinquish.

That 4-2 lead would hold until Gomes came on in what would be the Royals' last at-bat. He would retire just one Royal in a catastrophic eighth inning. Four hits, two walks, and four funs poured it on and removed all chances of a ninth inning comeback by Tampa. A Jeff Francoeur three-run shot pushed the lead to 8-2 and capped the scoring on the evening.

The Rays will try to avoid the sweep Wednesday afternoon with Matt Moore on the mound.

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Rays Vs. Royals Preview: Archer To Face Chen In His Second Career Start

In his first career start on Wednesday, Rays pitcher Chris Archer did very well for himself allowing just one earned run and three hits. Despite the strong performance, Archer earned a loss against Stephen Strasburg and the Nationals. With Jeremy Hellickson set to return to play on Saturday, his start against the Royals on Tuesday will likely be Archer's last before heading back to the minor leagues.

However, the 23-year old can continue to make a solid name for himself when he faces off against Bruce Chen. After losing four consecutive starts early in the season, Chen has settled in and is fresh off a victory in his last start against the Astros on Wednesday. The left hander pitched into the fifth inning, allowing just one earned run and five hits.

The first pitch is set to be thrown at 8:10 p.m. ET and be televised on FOX Sports Kansas City as well as Sun Sports.

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Rays Vs. Royals: Tampa Shut Out In Kansas City

After a Sunday doubleheader sweep of the Phillies, the Rays returned to American League play on Monday night in Kansas City. The Royals welcomed them with a Game 1 whupping, as Luke Hochevar went the distance for a complete game shutout. Hochevar allowed just seven hits and struck out eight as he quickly worked through the Rays lineup.

Alex Cobb, on the other hand, was hammered and forced to wear it by Joe Maddon. Cobb pitched eight innings and gave up all eight runs as the Rays were blasted. After the doubleheader, Maddon wanted to conserve his pen and Cobb would be the only pitcher used on Monday night, throwing 113 pitches in his eight innings of work.

For the most part, the Royals did their damage with station-to-station baseball until Eric Hosmer launched one in eighth inning to wrap the scoring on the evening. The first seven runs came in the first four innings as the Royals ripped Cobb for 13 hits.

Chris Archer, who battled some wildness in his debut against the Nats, will try to even the series on Tuesday against Bruce Chen.

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Rays Vs. Royals Lineup: Hideki Matsui Returns To DH

The Tampa Bay Rays traveled from Philadelphia to Kansas City on Monday to start a three-game set against the Royals. Hideki Matsui finds his way back in the lineup with interleauge play ended. Tampa Bay was without a designated hitter while playing in National League ballparks.

Alex Cobb is on the mound for the Rays. Luke Hochevar gets the start for the Royals.

1. Desmond Jennings LF
2. Carlos Pena 1B
3. B.J. Upton CF
4. Hideki Matsui DH
5. Ben Zobrist RF
6. Brooks Conrad 3B
7. Sean Rodriguez 2B
8. Jose Molina C
9. Elliot Johnson ss

Kansas City will have Billy Butler back in the designed hitter spot with the closing of interleague play. The Royals' lineup looks like this:

1. Alex Gordon LF
2. Yuniesky Betancourt 2B
3. Mike Moustakas 3B
4. Billy Butler DH
5. Jeff Francoeur RF
6. Eric Hosmer 1B
7. Salvador Perez C
8. Jarrod Dyson CF
9. Alcides Escobar SS

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Rays Vs. Royals Preview: Tampa Bay Looks For Sustained Success Against Reeling Kansas City

The Tampa Bay Rays open a three game series with the Kansas City Royals on Monday. The Rays are look to sustain success off of the doubleheader sweep of the Philadelphia Phillies on Sunday.

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