Roger Mooney covers the Tampa Bay Rays for The Tampa Tribune, TBO.com and News Channel 8. He has covered the Rays since their first season in 1998, including 11 years for the Bradenton Herald. Roger has also covered Florida, South Florida and Florida State football, the Bucs and the Lightning.
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Rays 5, Royals 1: Winning streak at 5
Posted Aug 20, 2012 by Roger Mooney
Updated Aug 20, 2012 at 11:15 PM
ST. PETERSBURG Evan Longoria was not in the lineup Monday, but the Rays managed to win, beating the visiting Royals 5-1 in front of 9,913 at Tropicana Field.
They are 12-2 since Longoria was activated from the disabled list and have averaged 6.07 runs per game, outscoring the opposition 85-35 with nine games of at least 10 hits. They had 11 hits Monday.
Here are some notes from a victory that improved the Rays to a season-high 14 games over .500 …
—Jeremy Hellickson evened his record at 8-8 with his seventh quality start in his past nine games. He also snapped a seven-game winless streak at the Trop.
—Desmond Jennings is batting .365 with 14 runs scored on his last 13 games.
—Jose Lobaton had two hits to increase his average batting right-handed to .321. He’s hitting .182 lefty. Lobaton also increased his average with runners on base to .276.
—The Rays are now 19-7 since Sam Fuld came off the DL, including 14-6 in games he’s played. Fuld is batting .350 in the 11 games he’s started this season.
—Jeff Keppinger, who hit his sixth homer of the season, is batting .404 against left-handers this season, tops in the American League.
—J.P. Howell extended his consecutive innings scoreless streak to 25 2/3 innings. He hasn’t allowed a run in his last 22 games. He has lowered his ERA during that stretch from 6.16 to 2.62.
—The Rays have now won four straight at home.