The Tampa Bay Rays haven’t lost since they were the victim of Felix Hernandez and his perfect game in Seattle. Jeremey Hellickson allowed one run and six hits over seven innings, ending a personal stretch of seven consecutive home winless starts, as the Rays beat the Royals 5-1 on Monday night.
Alex Gordon’s infield single scoring Johnny Giavottela in the third inning accounted for KC’s only run. The Rays have an AL-best 3.31 ERA this season. Royals rookie Will Smith lasted just 3.2 innings, giving up four runs and eight hits. “After the first inning, I was just bad,” Smith said. “No location, no breaking ball, which really hurt. I was falling behind too much. I just wasn’t any good. You have those days but you hate having them.”