As well as the Rays have been playing they couldn't drop a home series to the Royals, right? Right. James Shields earned his twelfth win of the season, pitching seven and two-thirds innings, allowing three earned runs and striking out seven while walking just one. It was his fifth consecutive strong start as he continues to bounce back nicely from the rough patch he hit in the middle of the season. As usual his best weapon on the afternoon was his changeup, throwing it for a strike 73% of the time and getting a 20% whiff rate.

It's been said before, but if the Rays offense can get four runs every game the team is almost unbeatable with the way the pitching has performed. The last time the team lost while allowing more than four runs? July 26th. The last time they lost when scoring more than four runs? July 18th. Today they scored five and allowed three in the victory. Perfect.