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 didnt 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.