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Buck's big blow
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Royals 4, Rays 2
Gil Meche shut down the Rays offense on Thursday night. (Ed Zurga/AP)
A three-run fourth inning for the Royals was highlighted by a John Buck two-run double to back starter Gil Meche. The right-hander went seven innings allowing just five hits and no runs to pick up his eighth win of the season.
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Series at a glance:
TB
Tampa Bay (59-42)
Lost 1
Kansas City 4, Tampa Bay 2   KC
Kansas City (46-57)
Won 1
July 24, 2008
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Tampa Bay
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1   2 8 0
Kansas City
1 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 X   4 10 0
Standings thru 7/24/08  |  Recap: TB | KC  |  Gameday  |  Rays stats  |  Royals stats
Tampa BayABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Iwamura, 2B4000004.274
Upton, CF4001000.269
Crawford, LF4010000.268
Longoria, 3B3120100.276
Pena, 1B4010023.230
Floyd, DH3001000.252
Navarro, C4010001.313
Hinske, RF4000032.255
Bartlett, SS3130000.264
Totals332821510 

BATTING
2B: Bartlett (9, Mahay), Longoria (24, Soria).
TB: Crawford; Longoria 3; Pena; Navarro; Bartlett 4.
RBI: Upton (45), Floyd (20).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Pena; Iwamura.
SF: Floyd.
GIDP: Iwamura.
Team LOB: 6.

FIELDING
DP: 2 (Bartlett-Iwamura-Pena, Longoria-Iwamura-Pena).

 
Kansas CityABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
DeJesus, LF3120102.308
Aviles, M, SS4010015.312
Grudzielanek, 2B3001002.305
Guillen, RF4000011.262
Gordon, 3B4120000.251
Butler, DH2110200.253
Gload, 1B4121003.263
Buck, C3012111.252
Maier, CF4010002.250
Totals3141044316 

BATTING
2B: Buck (17, Garza), Gordon (24, Garza), DeJesus (16, Howell), Gload (12, Wheeler).
TB: DeJesus 3; Aviles, M; Gordon 3; Butler; Gload 3; Buck 2; Maier.
RBI: Grudzielanek (23), Gload (23), Buck 2 (33).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Grudzielanek; Aviles, M 2; Gload; Maier.
SF: Grudzielanek.
GIDP: Guillen; Gload.
Team LOB: 8.

FIELDING
DP: (Grudzielanek-Aviles, M-Gload).

 
Tampa BayIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Garza (L, 8-6)5.08444003.83
Howell 1.01000202.55
Balfour 1.00000101.42
Wheeler 1.01000002.28
 
Kansas CityIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Meche (W, 8-9)7.05001404.31
Mahay 1.01110001.88
Soria (S, 27)1.02110101.60

Pitches-strikes: Garza 82-46, Howell 20-12, Balfour 10-8, Wheeler 10-7, Meche 100-64, Mahay 22-12, Soria 13-9.
Ground outs-fly outs: Garza 8-7, Howell 0-1, Balfour 0-2, Wheeler 0-3, Meche 7-10, Mahay 2-1, Soria 1-1.
Batters faced: Garza 25, Howell 4, Balfour 3, Wheeler 4, Meche 26, Mahay 4, Soria 5.
Umpires: HP: Tom Hallion. 1B: Jerry Crawford. 2B: Paul Nauert. 3B: Brian O'Nora.
Weather: 93 degrees, cloudy.
Wind: 5 mph, R to L.
T: 2:45.
Att: 25,900.
July 24, 2008

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