The Royals used two two-out long balls to capture the first contest. Fred Ford connected in the second inning for his fourth of the year. Kenny Diekroeger followed suit in the sixth, sending one out for his sixth of the season. Diekroeger's homer put him in a tie for second in the league behind teammate Patrick Leonard.
On the mound, Daniel Hernandez and John Walter held the Rays to three hits. Hernandez turned in another gem in six innings of work. He got his second win of the year and Walter nailed down his second save.
In game two, the Rays rallied in the bottom of the fifth to break a 1-1 tie. Back-to-back singles by Omar Navarez and Andrew Toles unknotted the score and a Darryl George sac fly provided insurance. Rays starter Bruedlin Suero earned his first win and Jonathan Weaver notched his first save.
Burlington's only win came on another Ford home run. With homers in each game today, Ford has now gone deep in four of his last eight games. He has five home runs on the year and is third on the team in that category.
The Rays host the Royals for the rubber game of the series tomorrow night at 7:05 p.m.