AP - Jun 1, 10:02 pm EDT
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- Brian Bannister gave the Kansas City Royals a remedy for a seven-game losing streak.
The 26-year-old right-hander allowed two hits over eight innings, and the Royals got some timely hitting from Tony Pena, Esteban German and Emil Brown to beat the Tampa Bay Devil Rays 4-1 on Friday night.
"He did what we needed, desperately. He threw strikes, and really wasn't in trouble the whole game," Kansas City manager Buddy Bell said of Bannister (1-3), who won for the first time since the Royals obtained him in an offseason trade.
The son of former major league pitcher Floyd Bannister allowed a fourth-inning single to Akinori Iwamura and Greg Norton's leadoff homer in the fifth before retiring the last 12 batters he faced to get his third career win.
The Royals, outscored 54-13 during their losing streak, converted a leadoff triple, a wild pitch and three singles into three runs in the second.