KANSAS CITY, Mo. — After posting the best record in the majors through April, the Rays started May in a bad way, a 3-2 loss to the Royals on Wednesday afternoon in the first game of a doubleheader.They were done in by an unusually bad first inning, as opener Ryne Stanek allowed the first four Royals to reach and gave up three runs. In winning 19 of their first 28 games, the Rays allowed only four first-inning runs total.Ace Blake Snell was set to start against Royals call-up Glenn Sparkman in the second game of Wednesday’s doubleheader, which was scheduled after Tuesday’s game was rained out and the forecast was threatening again for Wednesday night. As a result, only a few hundred people were in the stands at the 12:15 local time start.Stanek, working as the opener for the second time in three days while pitching in his hometown, got off to a rough start, allowing two runs on his first five pitches. He hadn’t been scored on his first seven turns as the opener, covering 10 2/3 innings.Wednesday, he gave up a first-pitch double to leadoff man Whit Merrifield then a homer to Adalberto Mondesi. A walk to Alex Gordon and a double off the wall by Hunter Dozier set the Royals up for more, and they got one on an infielder grounder by Kelvin Gutierrez that drawn-in shortstop Willy Adames got a glove on but couldn’t handle and had to take the out at first. The Royals also stole third twice in the inning."Honestly I felt like I had good stuff,'' Stanek said. "Whit ambushed me first pitch and then I just got behind Mondesi. Beyond that I felt like I threw the ball pretty well.''Manager Kevin Cash said Stanek is going to give up hits and runs but "the stolen bases, that’s a little uncharacteristic that we just kind of had a little bit of a mental lapse right there.''The Rays got right back in it in the second with a two-out rally. Avisail Garcia doubled and Kevin Kiermaier walked to set them up. Adames, who had Monday off given a 1-for-20 skid, delivered a big hit, slicing a double to right that scored both.But the Rays didn’t get any more that inning, and wasted a few other chances.Most frustrating to them probably in the fourth when they got the first two on with singles by rookie Nate Lowe, in his second big-league game, and Garcia. But Kiermaier lined out to center and Garcia, the eight-year veteran, was called out for not re-touching second on his way back. The Rays challenged but the call stood.Garcia said he didn’t think he had to re-touch the base since he didn’t touch it or pass it the first time. "It was confusing,'' he said. "If I know that, I would (re-touch). I don’t want to mess up.''They got Kiermaier to second to start the seventh, then to third with one out, but with lefty Jake Diekman taking over on the mound, pinch-hitter Mike Zunino struck out and Brandon Lowe flied out weakly.They had another chance in the eighth when Tommy Pham led off with a single and got to second with two outs, but Nate Lowe was called out on strikes. And again in the ninth when Adames singled with two outs and got to second on an errant pickoff.Jalen Beeks relieved Stanek and gave the Rays a strong outing by working 6 2/3 innings, allowing only one hit and two walks."Can’t say enough about the way Jalen Beeks came in and threw the ball and really, really saved our bullpen for a doubleheader and even potentially for tomorrow,'' Cash said. "He was outstanding.'' Contact Marc Topkin at email@example.com . Follow @TBTimes_Rays.