Rays shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria led off the top of the sixth inning of Monday night’s game against the Royals with a double off of Eric Skoglund. With one out, Matt Duffy lined a single to right. Hechavarria tried to test the arm of right fielder Jorge Soler. Soler’s throw brought catcher Salvador Perez a couple of feet in front of home plate, which created space at the back of the plate for Hechavarria, who juked past a diving tag attempt, then did a swim move to trick Perez in order to safely touch home plate.
Duffy’s single and Hechavarria’s effort broke a 1-1 tie.
Hechavarria, 29, has otherwise not done much offensively. He entered Monday’s action batting .261/.295/.328 with a pair of home runs and 13 RBI in 131 plate appearances.
The Royals recalled infielder Ramon Torres from Triple-A Omaha on Saturday. He didn’t get into a game until starting Thursday night’s game against the Rangers, batting ninth.
In the top of the second inning, facing Austin Bibens-Dirkx, Torres laced a single up the middle. Center fielder Delino DeShields charged in on it, attempting to keep Ryan Goins at second base, but the ball went right past his glove, through his legs, and nearly trickled all the way to the warning track. Goins scored easily and Torres was waved home, too. He managed to narrowly beat the throw, touching home plate with his left hand on a head-first slide.
The play was officially scored a single and a three-base error. Torres wasn’t credited with an RBI on the play. But at least the Royals got two runs out of it.