James Shields struck out eight and didn't issue a walk Thursday. (Steve Nesius/AP)
By Alden Gonzalez / MLB.com
It's over. B.J. Upton's funk has officially ended. With a decisive two-run homer in the eighth, the infielder offered James Shields the support he was most deserving of while helping the Rays sweep past the Royals. Carl Crawford got the offense rolling with a towering solo shot in the seventh inning.
BATTING 2B: DeJesus (10, Shields), Butler, B (16, Shields). TB: DeJesus 2; Butler, B 4; Callaspo; Bloomquist. RBI: Butler, B 2 (25). 2-out RBI: Butler, B 2. Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Jacobs. GIDP: Callaspo, Guillen, J. Team RISP: 2-for-7. Team LOB: 3.
BATTING 3B: Brignac (1, Meche). HR: Crawford, C (4, 7th inning off Meche, 0 on, 0 out), Upton, B (3, 8th inning off Wright, J, 1 on, 2 out). TB: Hernandez, M; Brignac 3; Upton, B 4; Crawford, C 5; Dillon 3. RBI: Crawford, C (26), Upton, B 2 (13). 2-out RBI: Upton, B 2. Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Zobrist; Upton, B 2; Joyce 3; Crawford, C. Team RISP: 0-for-13. Team
BASERUNNING SB: Crawford, C (34, 2nd base off Meche/Olivo), Zobrist (6, 2nd base off Bale/Olivo).