Maybe things aren’t so bad in Kansas City after all. In the two games since formally announcing new General Manager Dayton Moore, the Royals are unbeaten and fought from behind in both. They set season highs for hits and runs in the first game.
Starter Mark Redman (2-4) had an impressive outing in the Royals 4-2 win over the Devil Rays Friday. Redman didn’t give Kansas City’s struggling bullpen much chance to blow this one. He went eight innings allowing two runs on nine hits and striking out four to get the win. Closer Ambiorix Burgos took a break from blowing saves and finally earned one.
Kansas City trailed for much of the game. Tampa Bay took a 1-0 in the first. Jonny Gomes hit into a 6-4-3 double play that scored Julio Lugo. They added another run in the third on Jorge Cantu’s RBI single.
The Royals answered back in their half of the third. David DeJesus’ grounout RBI cut the lead in half 2-1.
The game was quiet and scoreless until the Royals woke up and rallied for three runs in the eighth. Tony Graffanino tied the game 2-2 with a run scoring single to left. The next batter, Mark Grudzielanek, flied out to deep right moving DeJesus to third. Reggie Sanders followed that with a two-run double to center to give Kansas City a 4-2.
Burgos gave up a hit and a walk in the ninth but held on to get his eighth save of the year.
Angel Berroa, 2-for-3, was only the Royal to have multiple hits in the game.
Sanders knocked in two runs.