Royals blast past Rays with 8-run 6th inning

Kansas City Royals' Elliot Johnson, right, high-fives catcher George Kottaras after defeating the Tampa Bay Rays 10-1 in a baseball game on Thursday, June 13, 2013, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
Kansas City Royals' Elliot Johnson, right, high-fives catcher George Kottaras after defeating the Tampa Bay Rays 10-1 in a baseball game on Thursday, June 13, 2013, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

 ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - Elliot Johnson had a three three-run homer for his second hit of an eight-run sixth inning Thursday night, leading the surging Kansas City Royals to a 10-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays.

Johnson, who was traded to Kansas City by the Rays in February, led off the big inning with a single and chased Jeremy Hellickson (4-3) with his second homer of the season, both coming against Tampa Bay.

Johnson got his third hit of the game in the eighth inning and is 6 for 11 with four RBIs against his former team while batting .202 with three RBIs against every other team.

Ervin Santana (5-5) gave up five hits and an unearned run in 7 2-3 innings.

The Royals, who have won eight of nine, set a franchise record by holding an opponent to three runs or fewer in a 12th straight game.

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