Kansas City, MO (Sports Network) - Mike Moustakas drove in three runs during a late-game offensive surge and James Shields overcame a shaky first inning to get the win against his former club, as the Kansas City Royals beat the Tampa Bay Rays, 8-2, in the opener of a three-game series at Kauffman Stadium.
Moustakas highlighted a four-run sixth with his first homer of the season and sparked a three-run seventh with a sacrifice fly.
Lorenzo Cain, Salvador Perez and Jeff Francoeur each had two hits and knocked in a run for the Royals, who snapped a two-game losing skid and have won four of six overall.
Dealt by the Rays to the Royals in December, Shields (2-2) tossed seven innings and retired the final 13 batters he faced. He gave up a two-run homer to Matt Joyce in the opening frame before settling down to allow just two hits over his final six innings.
Kansas City had been held off the board through the first 5 2/3 innings by Tampa Bay starter Alex Cobb (3-2).