The Royals beat the Devil Rays 6-5 on Saturday for just their fifth win in 23 games. The Royals, who have won just four games at home this season, are 2-2 under interim manager Bob Schaefer.
Schaefer took over for Tony Pena, who resigned suddenly after Tuesday’s game.
Julio Lugo homered for the Devil Rays, who have lost six of their last nine games.
The Royals will send Zack Greinke to the mound in the series finale. Greinke lost his third straight start Tuesday, allowing three earned runs and six hits over eight innings of a 3-1 defeat to Roy Halladay and the Toronto Blue Jays.
Greinke has allowed just five runs in 15 1-3 innings in his last two starts. He has received only nine runs of support in his seven starts.
“The center of Toronto’s pitching staff is Roy Halladay. Ours and our future is Zack Greinke. I think he showed baseball that he can pitch up here with the best,” Royals first baseman Mike Sweeney said.
Greinke will face Tampa Bay’s Mark Hendrickson, who has never lost to the Royals. The 30-year-old left-hander is 3-0 with a 1.75 ERA in six career appearances, including three starts, against Kansas City—his best ERA against any AL opponent.