After losing 11-1 on Thursday, Kansas City has held the Rays to four runs and 11 hits over the next two games. The Royals (10-14) recorded a 4-2 win Saturday after Alberto Callaspo(notes) hit a two-run double in the 11th inning.
Callaspo, who boosted his batting average to .301, is 4 for 11 with four RBIs in the series.
Tampa Bay (17-7), which still owns the majors’ best record, was 1 for 11 with runners in scoring position. It had two runners on with no out in the 11th, but Joakim Soria(notes) struck out the side to end the threat.
The Royals, meanwhile, are looking to win their first series at Tropicana Field since 2004—and hope to give Greinke a well-deserved win.
Greinke finished April with an 0-2 record and 2.56 ERA after going 5-0 with a 0.50 ERA during the same month last year. The right-hander went on to win 16 games and the AL Cy Young Award.
Though he’s allowed only 12 runs in five starts so far, Greinke’s last outing may have been the most disheartening. He surrendered six hits over seven scoreless innings against Seattle on Tuesday, but didn’t get a decision in the 3-2 loss.
The Royals have dropped four of Greinke’s five starts.
“I feel like we probably should have won another five games than we have this year,” Greinke told the Royals’ official website.
While Greinke is looking to get May off to a better start, facing Tampa Bay - the only AL team he hasn’t beaten - may not help. In 2009, he was 0-1 with a 5.25 ERA in two starts against the Rays, and gave up six runs and a season-high 10 hits in five innings of a 10-4 loss at Tropicana Field.
Following one of his best outings of 2010, the right-hander faltered some in his last start yet still got the win. After allowing two hits in six scoreless innings en route to a victory over the White Sox on April 21, Davis gave up four runs and seven hits over five innings of an 8-6 victory over Oakland on Tuesday.
Davis has never faced Kansas City.