ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., Aug. 8 (UPI) -- Casey Kotchman's homer in the bottom of the ninth inning Monday delivered the Tampa Bay Rays a 2-1 win over the Kansas City Royals.
The score was tied 1-1 in the ninth when Blake Wood (5-1) tossed a first-pitch fastball that Kotchman blasted over the ball over the wall in center for the walk-off game-winner.
Kotchman finished the night 3-for-4 with two RBI for the Rays, who took the opener of a four-game series against the Royals.
Kyle Farnsworth (4-1) tossed a perfect ninth to pick up the win while Tampa Bay starter Jeremy Hellickson yielded one run on six hits over 7 1/3 innings.
Eric Hosmer contributed the Royals' only RBI.