KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - It didn't take long for Joe Maddon to find a way to describe the Tampa Bay Rays' performance.
``It was horrible,' the Rays' manager said Friday night after a 10-4 loss to the Kansas City Royals, who have the worst record in the American League.
The Rays pitchers allowed 16 hits. Left fielder Sam Fuld misplayed one ball, trapped another and lost another in the sky. Right fielder Matt Joyce ran into center fielder B.J. Upton's arm in the fifth, knocking the ball from his glove for an error.
They also opened the game with Johnny Damon and Ben Zobrist hitting doubles to go up 1-0. But the Rays had the bases loaded and no outs after Luke Hochevar walked the next two batters, and failed to score another run.
``There was nothing we did good at all,' Maddon said. ``We let that one get away. That was not the Rays out there tonight. That was not us. We made too many mistakes. We have the bases loaded and nobody out and we've got a run in, and all we get is one point. We've done that a lot. We have to do better than that. We didn't do anything well. Moving forward, that can't be a part of anything we do.'
Rays right-hander Wade Davis (7-7) gave up three runs in the first and the Royals jumped out to a 5-1 lead after five innings. Evan Longoria and Joyce hit back-to-back home runs in the sixth to pull the Rays within 5-4, but Davis and reliever J.P. Howell gave it back with three runs in the bottom of the inning.
``They hit every mistake I threw up there,' Davis said. ``They're pretty aggressive. I'm a little upset about it. It was a frustrating day.'
Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar left with a bruised right shin in the sixth inning. He was hurt when Fuld slid into him to break up a double play in the fifth. Royals manager Ned Yost was not happy with the way Fuld slid.
``I didn't think it was exceptionally clean,' Yost said. ``He came in spikes high. His foot was way past the bag and his bent leg and spiked him pretty good. He's got a pretty good chunk of meat missing in his shin and he's pretty sore. We might give him a day off tomorrow (Saturday).'
Melky Cabrera had three hits and drove in three runs and Billy Butler homered for the first time in six weeks as the Royals won their third straight, one shy of their season-high longest winning streak. Jeff Francoeur went 3 for 5 with an RBI and Eric Hosmer drove in a pair of runs with two hits as every Royals starter had at least one hit and Kansas City finished with 16 overall.
``They load the bases and we got out of it,' Butler said. ``In other games, we would not have got out of there with limited damage. That's a good job by Hoch minimizing the damage and we came in and put some runs up and used that momentum shift for the rest of the game.'
Alex Gordon and Cabrera led off the first inning with doubles. After one out, Hosmer doubled home Cabrera. Mike Moustakas snapped an 0-for-22 skid with a run-producing single.
Butler hit his seventh home run in the third inning, his first since June 10 - a span of 116 at_bats. Butler added an RBI single in the Royals' two-run seventh.
The Royals scored an unearned run in the fifth to hike their lead to 5-1. Francoeur doubled and scored when Moustakas hit a fly to right-center that Upton had in his glove, but right fielder Joyce ran into him and knocked the ball loose for an error.
``Hoch did a great job on controlling that first inning,' Hosmer said. ``It could have got ugly. He buried down and made some good pitches. We came out and had a big first inning. That's all Hoch needed until that one inning. The bullpen took care of the rest.'
Notes: After the game, the Rays optioned SS Reid Brignac to Triple-A Durham and recalled OF Desmond Jennings, who was hitting .275 with the Bulls. ... Francoeur picked up his 92nd career assist in the first inning. That's the most outfield assists in the majors since 2005 when he made his debut. ... Damon's double was his 503rd, tying him with Hall of Famer Andre Dawson for 50th on the place on the career list. ... Rays bullpen coach Bobby Ramos was not with the club, but remained in Florida for tests on an ongoing throat problem. ``He's visiting with doctors,' Maddon said. ``He's going to stay there, get well. Getting well is the major concern. He's just not up to speed yet.'
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