Royals pound Rays for second straight win
Betancourt hit a two-run shot during a four-run third inning against Chris Archer (0-2), and Francoeur added a three-run homer during a four-run eighth to give Kansas City some breathing room.
Alex Gordon and Billy Butler also drove in runs to pace a Royals offense that was outscored by St. Louis 30-14 over the weekend, but has trumped Tampa Bay 16-2 so far this series.
The Royals will go for the sweep on Wednesday afternoon.
Chen (7-6) gave up a run in the first and Brooks Conrad’s solo shot in the second to win for the seventh time in his last nine decisions.
— Associated Press —