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Homers lift Royals
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Royals 7, Rays 4
Mike Aviles followed John Buck's homer with a solo shot of his own. (Chris O'Meara/AP)
John Buck played the role of hero on Monday afternoon, as he lasered a three-run homer off the foul pole in left field in the 10th inning to give the Royals a lead they would not relinquish. Not to be outdone, Mike Aviles followed Buck with a homer of his own for insurance.
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Series at a glance:
KC
Kansas City (40-50)
Won 1
Kansas City 7, Tampa Bay 4   TB
Tampa Bay (55-33)
Lost 1
July 7, 2008
   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   10   R   H   E 
Kansas City
0 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 4   7 12 2
Tampa Bay
2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1   4 11 1
Standings thru 7/7/08  |  Recap: KC | TB  |  Gameday  |  Royals stats  |  Rays stats
Kansas CityABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
DeJesus, LF6032011.316
Gathright, CF5010003.251
Gordon, 3B3000112.253
Butler, DH5010002.263
  1-German, PR-DH0100000.176
Teahen, RF5110025.252
Gload, 1B3211200.268
Buck, C5223001.248
Aviles, M, 2B5131012.287
Pena, SS5000034.155
Totals4271273820 


1-Ran for Butler in the 10th.

BATTING
3B: DeJesus (4, Garza).
HR: Buck (4, 10th inning off Wheeler, 2 on, 1 out), Aviles, M (4, 10th inning off Wheeler, 0 on, 1 out).
TB: DeJesus 5; Gathright; Butler; Teahen; Gload; Buck 5; Aviles, M 6.
RBI: DeJesus 2 (45), Gload (18), Buck 3 (26), Aviles, M (16).
2-out RBI: DeJesus 2; Gload.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Teahen 3; Gathright; Gordon.
GIDP: Gathright.
Team LOB: 9.

FIELDING
E: Buck (4, throw), Gload (2, fielding).

 
Tampa BayABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Iwamura, 2B4110201.277
Crawford, CF-LF5110026.287
Pena, 1B5111028.232
Longoria, 3B5021024.283
Floyd, DH3020010.263
  a-Aybar, PH-DH2000001.261
Gomes, LF4000013.191
  Gross, CF1000011.230
Navarro, C4010102.317
Hinske, RF5131003.264
Zobrist, SS4000134.257
Totals42411341233 

a-Flied out for Floyd in the 7th.

BATTING
2B: Iwamura (16, Meche), Navarro (15, Mahay).
HR: Pena (13, 9th inning off Soria, 0 on, 1 out), Hinske (14, 10th inning off Soria, 0 on, 1 out).
TB: Iwamura 2; Crawford; Pena 4; Longoria 2; Floyd 2; Navarro 2; Hinske 6.
RBI: Longoria (53), Pena (46), Hinske (45).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Navarro; Longoria 3; Zobrist; Pena; Iwamura; Gross.
Team LOB: 12.

BASERUNNING
SB: Crawford (23, 2nd base off Meche/Buck).

FIELDING
E: Longoria (6, throw).
DP: (Navarro-Zobrist-Pena).

 
Kansas CityIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Meche 5.17224504.67
Mahay (H, 14)2.01000401.94
Ramirez, R (H, 11)0.20000002.61
Soria (BS, 2)(W, 1-1)2.03220321.62
 
Tampa BayIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Garza 6.29332503.51
Howell 1.11000202.83
Miller 1.00000103.42
Wheeler (L, 2-4)1.02431022.43

IBB: Gload (by Wheeler).
HBP: Gordon (by Garza).
Pitches-strikes: Meche 115-71, Mahay 31-20, Ramirez, R 9-5, Soria 36-27, Garza 109-77, Howell 20-12, Miller 12-8, Wheeler 20-11.
Ground outs-fly outs: Meche 3-8, Mahay 0-2, Ramirez, R 2-0, Soria 2-1, Garza 8-7, Howell 0-2, Miller 1-1, Wheeler 2-1.
Batters faced: Meche 28, Mahay 7, Ramirez, R 2, Soria 9, Garza 31, Howell 5, Miller 3, Wheeler 7.
Inherited runners-scored: Mahay 2-0, Ramirez, R 1-0, Howell 2-0.
Umpires: HP: Tim Timmons. 1B: Gary Cederstrom. 2B: Fieldin Culbreth. 3B: Jim Reynolds.
Weather: 72 degrees, dome.
Wind: Indoors.
T: 3:43.
Att: 16,293.

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