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Not Meche's matinee
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Rays 3, Royals 2
Gil Meche allowed just one run over six-plus innings Thursday. (Steve Nesius/AP)
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.
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Series at a glance:
KC
Kansas City (23-30)
Lost 7
Tampa Bay 3, Kansas City 2   TB
Tampa Bay (28-28)
Won 3
June 4, 2009
   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   R   H   E 
Kansas City
0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0   2 6 0
Tampa Bay
0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 X   3 8 0
Standings thru 6/4/09  |  Recap: KC | TB  |  Gameday  |  Royals stats  |  Rays stats
Kansas City AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Crisp, CF 4 1 0 0 0 1 2 .228
Callaspo, 2B 4 0 1 0 0 1 3 .298
  Pena, T, SS 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .059
Butler, B, 1B 4 0 3 2 0 0 0 .283
Jacobs, DH 4 0 0 0 0 2 4 .232
Guillen, J, RF 4 0 0 0 0 2 2 .255
Teahen, 3B 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 .277
Olivo, C 3 0 0 0 0 3 0 .239
DeJesus, LF 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 .237
Bloomquist, SS-2B 3 1 1 0 0 0 0 .286
Totals 32 2 6 2 0 9 11  

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.

 
Tampa Bay AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Upton, B, CF 4 1 1 2 1 1 3 .218
Crawford, C, LF 4 1 2 1 1 1 2 .327
Aybar, W, 3B 3 0 0 0 1 0 2 .252
Pena, C, 1B 2 0 0 0 2 1 1 .226
Zobrist, 2B 3 0 0 0 1 0 5 .296
Joyce, RF 4 0 0 0 0 1 4 .240
Dillon, DH 4 0 3 0 0 0 0 .333
Hernandez, M, C 4 1 1 0 0 0 2 .286
Brignac, SS 4 0 1 0 0 1 4 .233
Totals 32 3 8 3 6 5 23  

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 LOB: 11.

BASERUNNING
SB: Crawford, C (34, 2nd base off Meche/Olivo), Zobrist (6, 2nd base off Bale/Olivo).

FIELDING
DP: 2 (Shields-Hernandez, M-Pena, C, Aybar, W-Pena, C).

 
Kansas City IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Meche 6.0 6 1 1 5 2 1 4.08
Bale (H, 2) 1.0 0 0 0 1 2 0 6.23
Wright, J (BS, 3)(L, 0-2) 1.0 2 2 2 0 1 1 4.05
 
Tampa Bay IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Shields (W, 5-4) 8.0 6 2 2 0 8 0 3.40
Howell (S, 2) 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2.28

Meche pitched to 1 batter in the 7th.

WP: Meche.
Pitches-strikes: Meche 110-63, Bale 19-11, Wright, J 20-13, Shields 107-77, Howell 7-6.
Groundouts-flyouts: Meche 6-6, Bale 0-1, Wright, J 2-0, Shields 8-5, Howell 1-1.
Batters faced: Meche 29, Bale 4, Wright, J 5, Shields 29, Howell 3.
Umpires: HP: Dan Iassogna. 1B: Sam Holbrook. 2B: Charlie Reliford. 3B: Larry Vanover.
Weather: 72 degrees, dome.
Wind: Indoors.
T: 2:41.
Att: 16,103.
Venue: Tropicana Field.
June 4, 2009
June 4, 2009

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