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Rookie a mystery
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Rays 7, Royals 1
Bruce Chen, who allowed two earned runs, retired 11 hitters in a row at one point. (Mike Carlson/AP)
Rays rookie Jeff Niemann remained unsolvable by the Royals, who managed just four hits and one run to back one of Bruce Chen's strongest efforts of the season. Chen allowed a two-run triple by Jason Bartlett -- Bartlett scored on an error -- but was otherwise largely effective.
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Series at a glance:
KC
Kansas City (40-63)
Lost 4
Tampa Bay 7, Kansas City 1   TB
Tampa Bay (57-47)
Won 2
August 1, 2009
   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   R   H   E 
Kansas City
0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0   1 5 2
Tampa Bay
0 3 0 0 0 0 0 4 X   7 8 0
Standings thru 8/1/09  |  Recap: KC | TB  |  Gameday  |  Royals stats  |  Rays stats
Kansas City AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
DeJesus, LF 4 1 1 1 0 0 0 .261
Bloomquist, CF-RF 4 0 0 0 0 1 0 .270
Butler, B, 1B 4 0 1 0 0 2 0 .289
Teahen, RF 2 0 1 0 0 1 0 .288
  Maier, CF 2 0 0 0 0 1 1 .218
Callaspo, 2B 3 0 0 0 0 2 1 .301
Pena, B, C 3 0 2 0 0 0 0 .319
Jacobs, DH 3 0 0 0 0 1 2 .215
Gordon, A, 3B 3 0 0 0 0 1 1 .196
Betancourt, Y, SS 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 .225
Totals 31 1 5 1 0 9 5  

BATTING
2B: Teahen (25, Niemann), Pena, B (5, Niemann).
HR: DeJesus (8, 6th inning off Niemann, 0 on, 1 out).
TB: Teahen 2; DeJesus 4; Butler, B; Pena, B 3.
RBI: DeJesus (48).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Callaspo.
Team RISP: 0-for-3.
Team LOB: 3.

FIELDING
E: Callaspo 2 (14, throw, throw).
Outfield assists: Maier (Kapler at home).
DP: (Betancourt, Y-Callaspo-Butler, B).
Pickoffs: Chen, B (Crawford, C at 1st base).

 
Tampa Bay AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Upton, B, CF 4 1 1 0 0 1 0 .244
Crawford, C, LF 3 1 1 2 1 0 0 .317
Longoria, 3B 3 1 1 0 1 1 0 .274
Zobrist, 2B 2 1 0 0 1 0 1 .301
Burrell, DH 3 0 1 0 1 2 1 .225
Aybar, W, 1B 2 1 0 0 1 1 0 .275
  Pena, C, 1B 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 .216
Kapler, RF 3 0 1 1 0 1 1 .248
Navarro, D, C 4 1 2 0 0 0 2 .228
Bartlett, SS 3 1 1 2 0 1 1 .334
Totals 28 7 8 5 5 7 8  

BATTING
2B: Navarro, D (14, Chen, B).
3B: Bartlett (4, Chen, B).
HR: Crawford, C (11, 8th inning off Wright, J, 1 on, 0 out).
TB: Bartlett 3; Longoria; Kapler; Upton, B; Crawford, C 4; Burrell; Navarro, D 3.
RBI: Bartlett 2 (45), Crawford, C 2 (47), Kapler (24).
2-out RBI: Bartlett 2.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Bartlett.
SF: Kapler.
GIDP: Navarro, D.
Team RISP: 2-for-5.
Team LOB: 4.

BASERUNNING
SB: Kapler (4, 2nd base off Chen, B/Pena, B).
CS: Crawford, C (9, 2nd base by Chen, B/Pena, B).
PO: Crawford, C (1st base by Chen, B).

FIELDING
Outfield assists: Crawford, C (Pena, B at home).
DP: (Crawford, C-Navarro, D).

 
Kansas City IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Chen, B (L, 0-6) 6.2 5 3 2 3 6 0 5.73
Wright, J 0.1 3 4 3 1 1 1 5.19
Bale 1.0 0 0 0 1 0 0 5.85
 
Tampa Bay IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Niemann (W, 10-5) 8.0 4 1 1 0 7 1 3.62
Shouse 0.1 0 0 0 0 0 0 5.74
Bennett 0.2 1 0 0 0 2 0 3.12

Wright, J pitched to 4 batters in the 8th.

WP: Wright, J.
HBP: Zobrist (by Chen, B).
Pitches-strikes: Chen, B 106-66, Wright, J 24-13, Bale 16-11, Niemann 115-76, Shouse 5-3, Bennett 12-9.
Groundouts-flyouts: Chen, B 7-3, Wright, J 0-0, Bale 2-1, Niemann 8-3, Shouse 1-0, Bennett 0-0.
Batters faced: Chen, B 26, Wright, J 5, Bale 4, Niemann 27, Shouse 1, Bennett 3.
Inherited runners-scored: Wright, J 1-0, Bale 2-2.
Umpires: HP: Larry Vanover. 1B: Mike Estabrook. 2B: Dan Iassogna. 3B: Sam Holbrook.
Weather: 72 degrees, dome.
Wind: Indoors.
T: 2:43.
Att: 36,973.
Venue: Tropicana Field.
August 1, 2009
August 1, 2009

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