Royals 1, Rays 0(10)

Kansas City reliever Kelvin Herrera got his first major league

victory Tuesday night after Royals starter Luke Hochevar and Tampa

Bay’s David Price staged a classic pitchers’ duel.

Eric Hosmer’s two-out single in the 10th inning drove in the

only run in the Royals’ 1-0 victory that broke the Rays’ five-game

winning streak. The run off Joel Peralta (1-5) was unearned after

an error on Tampa Bay shortstop Ben Zobrist.

”We knew, the way Price has been pitching the last seven weeks,

we had to have Hoch throw a game like he did, and he did,” said

Jeff Francoeur, who scored the run after his single that preceded

Zobrist’s throwing error. ”(Hochevar) matched (Price) pitch for

pitch and was better – he gave up one hit.”

Price and Hochevar both pitched eight innings, giving up a

combined four hits.

Hochevar, the first overall pick in the 2006 amateur draft, gave

up one hit and struck out 10.

Price, the first overall pick in 2007, gave up three hits and

struck out eight. It was the second time this month Price pitched

eight shutout innings without getting a win to show for it.

”You don’t see that very often anymore, not that dominant on

both sides,” Royals manager Ned Yost said. ”You knew there wasn’t

going to be much offense going into it. You were hoping you could

scratch out one run, maybe two, and somebody’s going to make a

mistake.”

Herrera (1-1) pitched the ninth inning and Greg Holland worked

the 10th for his sixth save.

Through the first seven innings, the only player to get as far

as second base was Luke Scott, who led off the Rays third with a

double and advanced to third on a fly ball. It was the only hit off

Hochevar. The only other Ray to reach base in the first five

innings was Matt Joyce, who walked and was picked off first base by

catcher Salvador Perez.

The only Kansas City runner to reach second base against Price

was Hosmer on a stolen base in the eighth inning.

”I felt like tonight was probably the best command that I’ve

had all year with my fastball,” said Hochevar, who shut out the

Rays at Kansas City on June 25.

The right-hander wasn’t wrapped up in his personal duel with

Price.

”It doesn’t matter what that guy over there is doing,” he

said. ”I know he’s good, and everybody knows he’s good, but that

does you no good. You’ve just got to lock into what you do to win

the game.”

Price, who gave up seven earned runs to the New York Mets in his

most recent loss on June 13, has given up only 15 runs in 12 starts

since. Those 12 starts include a franchise-record eight straight

wins and a 1.56 ERA, dropping his major league-leading ERA to

2.28.

”Early on I had a lot of hard hit balls right at people, and

that’s what you’ve got to have,” Price said. ”When you’re going

good, that’s what happens. Hochevar threw the ball extremely well

again against us.”

It was the 10th win in 14 games for the Royals, who are 4-1

against Tampa Bay this season.

”Anytime you play a game like that and you lose 1-0, of course

it’s no fun,” Rays manager Joe Maddon said. ”But overall we

played a really good game. We pitched great once again. You can’t

be an oil painting every night, man.”

NOTES: The Rays’ Evan Longoria played 3B for the first time

since partially tearing his left hamstring on April 30. He had

played in 12 games as a DH since being activated on Aug. 7. In his

first fielding chance in the second inning, the two-time Gold Glove

winner left his feet to spear a line drive hit by Perez . . .

Longoria played seven innings and went 0 for 3 . . . In three

starts at Tropicana Field before Tuesday night, Hochevar was 0-2

with an 11.20 ERA . . . The Rays activated Scott and optioned INF

Sean Rodriguez to Triple-A Durham. Scott had been on the DL since

July 21 with an oblique strain.