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Upton seals sweep
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Rays 3, Royals 2
James Shields struck out eight and didn't issue a walk Thursday. (Steve Nesius/AP)
It's over. B.J. Upton's funk has officially ended. With a decisive two-run homer in the eighth, the infielder offered James Shields the support he was most deserving of while helping the Rays sweep past the Royals. Carl Crawford got the offense rolling with a towering solo shot in the seventh inning.
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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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