KANSAS CITY, MO - JUNE 27: Mike Moustakas #8 of the Kansas City Royals celebrates his home run with Billy Butler #16 during a game against the Tampa Bay Rays in the first inning at Kauffman Stadium on June 27, 2012 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)

Royals Vs. Rays: KC Completes Sweep With 5-4 Win Over Rays

Mike Moustakas and Billy Butler both homered on Wednesday afternoon, as the Royals swept the Rays.

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Royals Vs. Rays Final Score: KC Completes Sweep With 5-4 Win

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

Everett Teaford started for the Royals, but only lasted five innings. Teaford gave up two runs on four hits, while walking three and striking out five. Teaford did not factor into the decision.

Kansas City jumped out to a quick 1-0 lead in the first inning, as Mike Moustakas launched his 13th home run of the season off of the talented Rays starter, Matt Moore.

Alcides Escobar added a solo homer of his own in the third to make it 2-0 Kansas City. Yuniesky Betancourt added a two-run single in the fifth inning, giving KC a 4-0 lead.

Tampa Bay, though, would battle back.

The Rays scored twice in the sixth inning, on singles by Jeff Keppinger and Ben Zobrist. Zobrist was back at it in the eighth, tripling in Carlos Pena and Keppinger, tying the game at 4-4.

With one swing of the bat in the bottom half of the eighth, Billy Butler untied the game, launching his 15th homer of the year, and giving Kansas City a 5-4 lead.

Aaron Crow recorded the last two outs of the eighth to earn the win, while Jon Broxton closed the game out for his 19th save of the year.

Kansas City is off on Thursday, and will open up a series in Minnesota against the Twins on Friday night.

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Royals Vs. Rays: Game 3 Preview, TV Info And More

Everett Teaford will make only his second start of the season on Wednesday in the series finale between the Royals and Tampa Rays, and his first since April 27 against the Twins. Kansas City manager Ned Yost likes the lefty matchup against Tampa, make Teaford the only option. Teaford was roughed up in that outing against Minnesota - four innings, four runs, eight hits - but is 4-0 with a 1.09 ERA at Triple-A Omaha this season.

With the afternoon start, heat will be a factor, as temperatures in Kansas City are expected to hit the triple digits on Wednesday.

Date / Time: Wednesday, June 27, 1:10 p.m. CT

Location: Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri

TV: Sun Sports

Radio: KCSP 610

Probable Starters: Matt Moore (4-5) vs. Everett Teaford (0-1)

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Royals Vs. Rays: Jeff Francoeur Drives In 3 In 8-2 Win

For the second straight game, the Royals knocked around Tampa pitching, this time in an 8-2 win Tuesday night at Kaufmann Stadium.

Bruce Chen allowed two runs (one earned) on five hits over seven innings and picked up the win.

The Rays scored one run in the first and second innings, but Kansas City responded with a four-run third to take a lead it would not lose. A four-run eighth put the game in the bag.

Jeff Francoeur went 1-for-4 with a three-run homer in the eighth inning. Brayan Pena went 2-for-3, while Yuniesky Betancourt went 1-for-4 with two RBIs and a run scored. Aaron Chow and Francisley Bueno combined to pitch the final two scoreless innings.

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Royals Vs. Rays: Four-Run Third Has KC Leading 4-2 Through 4 Innings

The Royals used a big third inning to take an early lead against the Rays on Tuesday night.

Kansas City trailed 2-0 after the Rays scored once in the first and second innings. Jarrod Dyson led off the bottom of the third with a single. He was scored by the next batter when Alcides Escobar doubled to center and Tampa Bay shortstop Sean Rodriguez committed a throwing error. Another error by Rodriguez allowed Alex Gordon to reach safely and Escobar to score. Yuniesky Betancourt followed with a two-run homer to give the Royals a 4-2 lead before an out was recorded in the third.

Through four, Royals starter Bruce Chen has allowed four hits and the two runs, one of which was earned. He also has struck out four.

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Royals Vs. Rays: Tuesday Preview, TV Info And More

The Royals go into Tuesday's matchup with the Tampa Bay Rays hoping for the same result as the day before, when Luke Hochevar pitched them through a nine inning shutout victory in the series opener between the American League foes.

Starting for the Royals is Bruce Chen (6-6, 4.81 ERA), who picked up a win in his last outing against the Astros. Chris Archer (0-1, 1.50 ERA) is making just his second appearance for the Rays, after giving up just three hits and one earned run in six innings against the Nationals last week.

Take a look here at the schedule and broadcast information right here:

Date/Time: Tuesday, June 26, 8:10 p.m. ET

Location: Kauffman Stadium - Kansas City, MO

TV: Fox Sports Kansas City

Online streaming: MLB.tv

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Royals Vs. Rays: Luke Hochevar Throws Complete Game Shutout

For only the second time in his major league career, Luke Hochevar threw a complete game shutout, as the Royals topped the Rays, 8-0, on Monday night.

Hochevar was brilliant allowing seven hits and one walk, while striking out eight batters. He needed 113 pitches to earn the victory.

His opposite number, Alex Cobb, threw one of the worst complete games you'll ever see. Cobb went eight innings and gave up 13 hits and eight runs.

Doing the damage at dish for the Royals was Eric Hosmer, who went two-for-four with a home run and two RBI. Yuniesky Betancourt had three RBi in the win. Two of those RBI came in a five-run fifth inning that broke the game open.

The Royals will try to take the series tomorrow when Bruce Chen (6-6, 4.81 ERA) faces off against Chris Archer (0-1, 1.50 ERA).

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MLB Standings: Kansas City Royals, Six Games Back In AL Central

It really looks like anybody could win the AL Central. The only more competitive division record-wise in Major League Baseball is the always contentious AL East. The Royals are six game out of first place in the Central, in which the White Sox hold the lead for now.

The Indians were division leaders before the weekend came and they were tattooed by the Astros at Minute Maid Park. Minnesota is at the bottom of the division, but sit just 8 1/2 games out of the lead against a crew of team that's just as unpredictable as any in the league.

Kansas City begins its series with the Rays on Monday. Take a look at the MLB standings right here.

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Royals Vs. Rays: Kansas City Looking To Stay In Contention

A poor series against Tampa Bay could have Kansas City thinking about next year.

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