The surging Rays put up some eye-popping offensive numbers against a fellow contender and will look for some revenge against the Royals on Monday night to start a three-game home set.Tampa Bay (67-54) holds the AL's top wild-card spot after winning 11 of 13, capped by a four-game road sweep of the Angels. The Rays homered nine times and scored 37 runs -- a team record for a four-game set -- against one of the teams pursuing them for a postseason spot.That kind of offense was largely absent when Tampa Bay produced six runs and batted .229 with 25 strikeouts while getting swept in three games June 25-27 at Kansas City (54-66).Evan Longoria wasn't with the Rays then, and he went 5 for 16 with a pair of two-run homers in the Angels series. Ben Zobrist was 5 for 12 with two solo homers and six runs scored and B.J. Upton went 7 for 18 with two homers and five RBIs.The Royals figure to be competitive despite not being in contention. While Tampa Bay is a major league-best 14-4 since July 31, Kansas City is 13-6 for the AL's second-best mark in that span.Kansas City also swept a tough opponent over the weekend by taking three games from the AL Central-leading White Sox. Royals starters posted a 1.74 ERA in the series after Jeremy Guthrie took a no-hitter into the seventh inning of Sunday's 5-2 victory."It was a full-team affair, starting pitching, bullpen, clutch hitting, great defense," manager Ned Yost said. "It was a great series for us."Salvador Perez went 4 for 8 with five RBIs in the series and Billy Butler was 5 for 9 for Kansas City."The thing that I really like about Sal in the five-hole right now is that he provides great protection behind Billy," Yost said.The Rays haven't produced much offense in losing their last seven home games started by Jeremy Hellickson (7-8, 3.39 ERA). He is 0-6 with a 5.45 ERA in that span, with Tampa Bay totaling 12 runs of support.The right-hander gave up one run over seven innings opposite Felix Hernandez's perfect game in last Wednesday's 1-0 loss at Seattle. Hellickson excelled in his lone career start against the Royals last year, yielding one run over 7 1/3 innings as he failed to get a decision Aug. 8 in a 2-1 home victory.The Royals have dropped 24 of their last 30 games at Tropicana Field, including five straight.They will give Will Smith (4-4, 5.09) his first career start against Tampa Bay. The rookie left-hander has allowed two runs over seven innings in winning each of his last two outings, beating Oakland 3-2 last Wednesday.The Rays have played 13 straight days entering this series, and manager Joe Maddon is concerned about how his club will be affected by the cross-country flight."It's a scheduling thing and it's not easy because it's not just about (Monday)," Maddon told the Rays' official website. "Tuesday's going to be even worse, in regards to energy level."