Eric Hosmer of the Kansas City Royals rounds third after hitting a home run in the second inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at Kauffman Stadium April 23, 2012 in Kansas City.
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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - Eric Hosmer's two-out single in the 10th inning drove in the only run in Kansas City's 1-0 victory over Tampa Bay on Tuesday night in a classic pitchers' duel between the Royals' Luke Hochevar and the Rays' David Price.
The run off Joel Peralta (1-5) was unearned after an error on Tampa Bay shortstop Ben Zobrist. Jeff Francouer scored the run after his single preceding Zobrist's throwing error.
Kelvin Herrera (1-1) got the win and Greg Holland pitched the 10th inning for his sixth save.
Price and Hochevar both pitched eight innings, giving up a combined four hits.
Hochevar, the first overall pick in the 2006 amateur draft, gave up one hit and struck out 10.
Price, the first overall draft pick in 2007, gave up three hits and struck out eight. It was the second time this month Price pitched eight shutout innings without getting a win to show for it.
The loss snapped the Rays' five-game winning streak.
Through the first seven innings, the only player to get as far as second base was Luke Scott, who led off the Rays third with a double and advanced to third on a fly ball. It was the only hit off Hochevar.
The only other Ray to reach base in the first five innings was Matt Joyce, who walked and was picked off first base by catcher Salvador Perez.
The only Kansas City runner to reach second base against Price was Hosmer on a stolen base in the eighth inning.
Price, who gave up seven earned runs to the New York Mets in his most recent loss on June 13, has given up only 15 runs in 12 starts since. Those 12 starts include a franchise-record eight straight wins and a 1.56 ERA, dropping his major league-leading ERA to 2.28.
Hochevar shut out the Rays in Kansas City on June 25, but in his first three career starts at Tropicana Field he was 0-2 with an 11.20 ERA. In 10 starts since his shutout of the Rays he is 2-4.
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