The Royals scored five runs with 19 hits, 36 strikeouts and three walks in the three-game series. Five of the hits came off the Tampa Bay bullpen Thursday.
The Rays begin a two-game series with the Philadelphia Phillies on Saturday in a matchup of two of the first three teams to surpass striking out 500 times this season. Tampa Bay, leading the majors with 549, is on pace for around 1,700, which would easily break Detroit’s big league record of 1,595 set in 2019. The Phillies have fanned 513 times.
The Rays have allowed three runs or fewer an AL-best 30 times. … Royals RF Jorge Soler went 0 for 4 and is hitless in his last 21 at-bats. … Tampa Bay is 13-13 at home, compared to 19-7 on the road.
Royals: Manager Mike Matheny said LHP Danny Duffy (left forearm flexor strain) continues to be in the resting phase of his rehab program.
Rays: RHP Luis Patiño (right middle finger laceration) could return this weekend.
Royals: LHP Kris Bubic (0-0) and Minnesota RHP Randy Dobnak (1-3) are Friday night’s starters.
Rays: LHP Ryan Yarbrough (2-3) will look to end a 23-start winless streak as starting pitcher Saturday against Philadelphia. It’s the longest stretch for a traditional starter since Atlanta’s Shelby Miller (24) from May 23–Sep 27, 2015. The lefty, who often follows an opener, is 25-5 as a reliever. RH Zack Wheeler (4-2) will start for the Phillies.
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