KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Luke Hochevar tossed his second career shutout, Eric Hosmer homered and Yuniesky Betancourt drove in three runs to lead the Kansas City Royals to an 8-0 rout of the Tampa Bay Rays on Monday night.
Alcides Escobar and Alex Gordon both had three hits for the Royals, who were coming off an embarrassing sweep at the hands of St. Louis in which they were outscored 30-14.
Hochevar (5-7) provided some much-needed rest for their weary bullpen.
The mercurial right-hander struck out eight while walking only one in his second straight dominant outing. The same starter who had been allowing a run per inning earlier this season has gone 16 2-3 innings without allowing anybody to cross home plate.
No Royals starter had even gone eight innings so far this season.
Alex Cobb (3-4) didn't fare nearly as well for Tampa Bay, getting touched for a run in the first inning and then laboring through a five-run third that doomed the Rays to defeat.
Cobb still managed his first...