After starting the season in the Atlantic League with the Newark Bears, Lima signed with the Royals and made an immediate impact, winning his first seven decisions. He allowed two runs or fewer in each of his previous seven outings but struggled against the
Battling a groin injury, Lima surrendered a season-high five runs and six hits in a season-low two innings.
"Every time (catcher
) put a fastball down, I said 'No, I can't do it,'" Lima said. "My legs felt weak. I was disappointed."
"I just see him and he can't push off with his back leg," Kansas City manager
said. "He was trying to pitch just with a changeup. I don't want anybody to be a hero. He's day-to-day."
The Dominican righthander avoided his first loss of the season as Tampa Bay's
was shelled for five runs and four hits while retiring just three batters.
Kansas City was clinging to a 6-5 lead when
, who tossed four scoreless innings.
hit a line drove off Lloyd's back that landed in the stands for a one-out double.
Lloyd (0-1) stayed in the game and surrendered a tying single to rookie
plated Baldelli with a base hit, putting Tampa Bay ahead for good.
Tampa Bay held on, thanks to a dominant effort by its bullpen, which allowed one run and five hits in eight innings.
(1-0) yielded just one hit in four innings en route to his first major league win and
tossed a perfect ninth for his 19th save.
"I feel wonderful," Backe said. "My first decision being a win is awesome. I just had good command and I threw lots of strikes with my whole repertoire. I mixed it up and kept them off balance."
Lee has three hits, including a home run, four RBI and scored twice for Tampa Bay, which extended its winning streak to a season-high four games.
"I'm pleased with the way we're playing,"
said. "They're nice and loose and playing hard. It's good to see, it really is."
"As long as we're all hitting the ball pretty well and our pitching is doing well, it'll loosen up the atmosphere," Lee said. "Winning is contagious. I hope we can keep this going."
jumped on Lima early as
opened the game with an infield single and scored on
's double. Baldelli doubled two batters later and Lee followed with his 11th homer for a 4-0 lead.
Kennedy did not protect the lead, walking the first two batters he faced before allowing a three-run homer to
with one out.
tied the game with an inside-the-park homer - his 15th home run of the season.
Anderson gave Tampa Bay a 5-4 lead with an RBI single off Lima in the second. But Kennedy allowed consecutive singles to
to start the bottom half before leaving.
's one-out single loaded the bases, Chad Gaudin walked Ibanez to force home the tying run.
Gaudin made his major league debut after being called up from Class AA Orlando prior to the game and allowed one run and four hits in 2 1/3 innings. The 20-year-old righthander is the youngest pitcher in the majors and the youngest in franchise history.
"He's a 20-year-old kid coming straight out of Double-A and we couldn't find a harder spot for him, but he did well," pitching coach Chuck LaMar said. "That shows how tough he is, shows his competitiveness."
The Royals took a 6-5 lead on Ibanez's sacrifice fly off Gaudin before Backe took over.