KANSAS CITY, Missouri (Ticker) --
's first visit to a major league ballpark turned out better than anyone expected.
Gobble tossed six-plus solid innings in his major league debut and
hit an inside-the-park homer as the Royals posted a 2-0 victory over the
Tampa Bay Devil Rays
Gobble was recalled from Class AA Wichita on Saturday to replace injured starter
. He joined the team the same day, marking the first time he ever saw a major league baseball game in person.
"I never wanted to go to the game because I wanted to see my first game from the dugout or the mound," he said. "It's kind of a little thing me and my dad had."
It was well worth the wait for Gobble (1-0), who allowed just six hits and one walk to become the first Kansas City pitcher to win his major league debut since
on April 6, 1997. He threw 59 of 83 pitches for strikes and had three strikeouts.
"It feels great," said Gobble, a Tennessee native who had a dozen family members and friends at the game. "I didn't want to make expectations. The only thing I was trying to think about was throwing strikes and keeping the ball down, just trying to do my job. My curveball wasn't working, but I hung in there and just got to go in and out a lot."
"I was very, very impressed," Kansas City manager
said. "He has a great future. I never thought he would be like this. It's a great day for this organization when you see this kid come up from the minors and pitch like that."
The 22-year-old lefthander left after allowing a leadoff double by
in the seventh. Curt Leskanic entered and retired the only three batters he faced before
tossed two perfect innings for his first career save.
"This is the reason we put Affeldt in the bullpen," Pena said. "The way he pitched in the eighth, why not pitch him in the ninth, too?"
The Royals recorded their fifth shutout of the season and improved to 37-0 when holding their opponent to three runs or less.
hit a solo shot with one out in the first inning and Guiel added his first career inside-the-park homer in the third after hitting a low line drive into the right field corner.
It was the third inside-the-park home run of the season for the Royals and the second in three games against the
hit one in Friday's series opener.
(4-5) took the loss despite allowing just two runs and four hits in his first complete game of the season.
"Jeremi pitched well,"
said. "He gave us eight innings. He pitched well. Our bullpen will be in better shape tomorrow."
Randa reached Gonzalez for his 11th home run of the season, driving a 2-1 pitch into the left field seats.
Gonzalez worked around a pair of runners in the second, but Guiel made it 2-0 when he lined a 3-2 pitch down the first-base line. The ball got under the glove of right fielder Rolls, who did not recover in time to get Guiel at the plate.
"My first thought was two bases," Guiel said. "But my experience in this park, there's been a couple of times I've been out there I've misplayed a few balls there, too. I was surprised (third base coach
) was waiving me in. I didn't think the ball had gotten as far as it did."
"I was trying to cut it off, trying to make a play and hold him to first and it got by me," Rolls said. "If you don't cut that off, it's going to roll, it's going to roll all the way around like it did."
Randa followed with a single, but Gonzalez recovered to retire 15 consecutive batters. He allowed a one-out single by
in the eighth but held on for his first complete game since 1998, when he was with the