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Jackson throws gem
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Rays 11, Royals 2
Edwin Jackson lowered his ERA to 4.17 with his strong performance. (Mike Carlson/AP)
The first-place Rays continued right where they left off before Thursday's off-day, scoring three first-inning runs on four hits. Carlos Pena hit a three-run homer in the fifth to put the game away, but the biggest story was Edwin Jackson, who allowed just two runs on four hits.
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Series at a glance:
KC
Kansas City (39-48)
Lost 1
Tampa Bay 11, Kansas City 2   TB
Tampa Bay (53-32)
Won 5
July 4, 2008
   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   R   H   E 
Kansas City
0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0   2 4 3
Tampa Bay
3 0 1 0 3 0 0 4 X   11 12 0
Standings thru 7/4/08  |  Recap: KC | TB  |  Gameday  |  Royals stats  |  Rays stats
Kansas CityABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
DeJesus, CF3010100.321
Grudzielanek, 2B4111002.314
Gordon, 3B4000001.258
Guillen, LF3000010.277
Butler, DH3000000.271
Teahen, RF3110000.252
Gload, 1B3010000.261
Buck, C3000001.243
Aviles, M, SS3000011.283
Totals29241125 

BATTING
HR: Grudzielanek (3, 7th inning off Jackson, 0 on, 1 out).
TB: DeJesus; Grudzielanek 4; Teahen; Gload.
RBI: Grudzielanek (19).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Aviles, M.
GIDP: Grudzielanek; Gordon.
Team LOB: 1.

FIELDING
E: Buck 2 (3, throw, throw), Tejeda (1, fielding).

 
Tampa BayABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Iwamura, 2B4111002.275
Crawford, LF5332012.282
Upton, CF3211101.278
Pena, 1B4225010.227
Longoria, 3B5030001.281
Floyd, DH2001011.241
  a-Aybar, PH-DH1000001.257
Navarro, C4120011.315
Hinske, RF3000011.260
  b-Gomes, PH-RF0100100.202
Brignac, R, SS3100121.000
Totals341112103711 

a-Popped out for Floyd in the 7th. b-Walked for Hinske in the 8th.

BATTING
2B: Iwamura (14, Bannister), Longoria (22, Bannister).
HR: Pena (12, 5th inning off Bannister, 2 on, 2 out).
TB: Iwamura 2; Crawford 3; Upton; Pena 5; Longoria 4; Navarro 2.
RBI: Upton (42), Pena 5 (43), Floyd (16), Iwamura (25), Crawford 2 (46).
2-out RBI: Pena 3.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Navarro; Crawford.
SF: Upton; Floyd; Pena.
Team LOB: 6.

BASERUNNING
SB: Crawford (22, 2nd base off Bannister/Buck), Upton (26, 2nd base off Bannister/Buck).

FIELDING
PB: Navarro (4).
DP: 2 (Jackson-Iwamura-Brignac, R-Pena, Pena-Brignac, R-Jackson).

 
Kansas CityIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Bannister (L, 7-8)5.08761615.15
Gobble 2.03332107.94
Tejeda 1.01100005.06
 
Tampa BayIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jackson (W, 5-6)8.04211214.08
Hammel 1.00000004.88

Gobble pitched to 2 batters in the 8th.

WP: Tejeda.
Balk: Bannister.
HBP: Iwamura (by Gobble).
Pitches-strikes: Bannister 102-62, Gobble 45-24, Tejeda 31-18, Jackson 113-74, Hammel 15-8.
Ground outs-fly outs: Bannister 1-8, Gobble 1-4, Tejeda 1-2, Jackson 8-14, Hammel 2-1.
Batters faced: Bannister 24, Gobble 12, Tejeda 5, Jackson 27, Hammel 3.
Inherited runners-scored: Tejeda 2-2.
Umpires: HP: Gary Cederstrom. 1B: Fieldin Culbreth. 2B: Jim Reynolds. 3B: Tim Timmons.
Weather: 72 degrees, dome.
Wind: Indoors.
T: 2:50.
Att: 16,830.

Box score official statistics approved by Major League Baseball Office of the Commissioner
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