Gil Meche allowed just one run over six-plus innings Thursday. (Steve Nesius/AP)
By Dick Kaegel / MLB.com
Gil Mech was on pace for his first victory at Tropicana Field through six. And, despite allowing a solo homer in the seventh, the coast still seemed clear due to Billy Butler's two-run double in the third. However, Jamey Wright allowed the decisive homer in the eighth as the Royals lost their seventh straight.
BATTING 2B: DeJesus (10, Shields), Butler, B (16, Shields). TB: DeJesus 2; Butler, B 4; Callaspo; Bloomquist. RBI: Butler, B 2 (25). 2-out RBI: Butler, B 2. Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Jacobs. GIDP: Callaspo, Guillen, J. Team RISP: 2-for-7. Team LOB: 3.
BATTING 3B: Brignac (1, Meche). HR: Crawford, C (4, 7th inning off Meche, 0 on, 0 out), Upton, B (3, 8th inning off Wright, J, 1 on, 2 out). TB: Hernandez, M; Brignac 3; Upton, B 4; Crawford, C 5; Dillon 3. RBI: Crawford, C (26), Upton, B 2 (13). 2-out RBI: Upton, B 2. Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Zobrist; Upton, B 2; Joyce 3; Crawford, C. Team RISP: 0-for-13. Team
BASERUNNING SB: Crawford, C (34, 2nd base off Meche/Olivo), Zobrist (6, 2nd base off Bale/Olivo).