Luke Scott, getting his first start in left field and batting third Saturday, helped lead the Rays past the Royals 5-3 in front of 18,593 fans at Tropicana Field.

Scott continued his recent surge at the plate with a pair of hits, including a two-run homer in the third inning that put the Rays ahead for good.

Manager Joe Maddon moved Scott up in the order and dropped 3B Kelly Johnson, who has been struggling during the past month, to seventh.

“That was part of the reasoning to move them back and forth,” Maddon said. “I thought Luke looked a little bit better. Obviously, Kelly has been struggling a bit. (Scott) gets a chopper (to second for an infield hit) but then hits that ball extremely well to right-center field. That was a big moment in that game.”

Scott was 4-for-37 (.108 average) during the first 10 games of June. He worked with hitting coach Derek Shelton on his swing before Wednesday's game. The following night, Scott entered as a pinch-hitter and had two hits. That started a run where he went 5-for-6.

Scott said he watched video of himself hitting during the 2010 season. Shelton also suggested some drills that Scott has performed the last three days.

“Just made a few adjustments, just kind of brought my setup to the same setup in that year,” Scott said. “Shelty, he grabbed me and had a couple ideas on some drills that we could do. Just every day, we've been doing them, trying to stay on top of the ball and hit the ball up front.”

Maddon said Scott will likely play left field again this afternoon.

As for Johnson, Maddon just wants him to relax while batting at the bottom of the order.

“It's all about people getting on base in the first three spots,” Maddon said. “Luke's been doing a little bit better job more recently, Kelly's struggled a little bit so let's take a little heat off Kelly and put a little bit more heat on Luke and see if he responds.”