KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – Brandon Lowe, Austin Meadows, and Mike Zunino homered, and the Tampa Bay Rays pounded out 17 hits in a 14-7 rout of the Kansas City Royals on Tuesday night. Meadows, Randy Arozarena and Joey Wendle, had three hits each, and Manual Margot and Yoshi Tsutsugo had three RBIs.
The Rays roughed up Brad Keller (1-2) for five runs in 1 2/3 innings. Keller allowed three hits and walked three, including Lowe, to load the bases on his final pitch. Jake Newberry was relieved and walked the next two batters to give Tampa Bay a 5-0 advantage.
Carlos Santana homered and had two hits and three RBIs for the Royals.
Tampa Bay rattled off another four-run inning in the sixth, sparked by five straight hits from the heart of the batting order. Rich Hill allowed four runs in two innings for Tampa Bay. Andrew Kittredge (3-0) followed with a scoreless inning, and Trevor Richards pitched one-run ball over the last three innings for his first career save.
Zunino and Meadows hit back-to-back homers in the ninth.
Rays: RHP Cody Reed (left thumb weakness) was placed on the 10-day IL. Tampe Bay recalled RHP Brent Honeywell Jr. from the alternate training site. Honeywell tossed 1 1/3 innings, allowing one run, two hits, and two walks. Royals: The Royals have only had three players spend time on the injured list this season. RHP Josh Staumont spent one day on the IL for a non-disclosed injury.
The Rays have yet to announce the starter for the series finale Wednesday. Jacob Junis (1-0, 1.50) will take the mound for Kansas City.
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