Shaky outing by Royals bullpen leads to Rays win



April 30, 2019 - 10:19 AM

Relief pitcher Scott Barlow #58 of the Kansas City Royals throws in the eighth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Kauffman Stadium on Monday in Kansas City, Mo. Ed Zurga/Getty Images/TNS

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Royals pitching staff gave up runs in bunches to both start and end the evening, including three runs in the final two innings to make a ninth-inning rally a far-fetched prospect.

The rally didn’t come as the Royals fell 8-5 to the Tampa Bay Rays in the first game of a four-game set in front of an announced 11,744 plus another 411 dogs on “Bark in the Park” at Kauffman Stadium on Monday night. The loss dropped the Royals (9-20) to 1-3 on the current homestand. The teams will continue their four-game series on Tuesday.

Adalberto Mondesi went 2-for-4 with a triple and two RBIs, and Jorge Soler homered to lead the offensive efforts.

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