Zack Greinke pitched seven innings as the Kansas City Royals beat Tampa Bay 3-2, leaving the Rays and New York Yankees tied for the AL East lead. Greinke was able to hold off the Rays after his teammates gave him a 3-0 lead after three innings by scoring a single run in each of the first three frames.
The Royals can play spoiler of sorts even though the Rays and Yankees have both clinched playoff spots. Both teams are even at 94-65 going into the final weekend. Tampa Bay finishes here at Kansas City while the Yankees have a three-game set at Boston.
Greinke (10-4) gave up two runs and four hits while striking out nine. Greinke was the 2009 AL Cy Young Award winner with a 16-8 record and 2.16 ERA. This year Greinke will finish with a 4.19 ERA. Its still a good way to finish for Greinke who had won only one win in his last seven starts.