Royals Finish Sweep of Rays
Associated Press - Thu 06:24 AM 06/28/2012
Kansas City Royals' Billy Butler, right, is congratulated by teammate Salvador Perez after hitting the solo home run that provided the game-winning hit in the Royals' 5-4 victory Wednesday afternoon over the Tampa Bay Rays in Kauffman Stadium. (AP)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Billy Butler greeted reliever Burke Badenhop with a solo home run in the eighth inning, powering Kansas City to a 5-4 victory on a scorching Wednesday afternoon and a three-game sweep of the Tampa Bay Rays.
Mike Moustakas and Alcides Escobar also homered for the Royals, who got their first three-game home sweep of the Rays since 2001.
Aaron Crow (1-1), the fifth Royals pitcher, was the winner after getting two outs in the eighth and Jonathan Broxton pitched the ninth for his 19th save in 22 opportunities.
Badenhop (1-2) recorded only one out after starter Matt Moore labored through 7 1-3 innings, giving up 10 hits and four runs.