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Frustrating KC loss
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Rays 5, Royals 3
Luke Hochevar allowed two runs on four hits over five innings. (AP)
After trailing early, the Royals chipped away at Tampa Bay's lead. But a late, weather-aided miscue proved to be the difference, as Kansas City couldn't handle a blooper that got caught up in the wind. Mark Grudzielanek hit three doubles, and Ross Gload had a triple.
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Series at a glance:
TB
Tampa Bay (61-42)
Won 2
Tampa Bay 5, Kansas City 3   KC
Kansas City (46-59)
Lost 2
July 26, 2008
   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   R   H   E 
Tampa Bay
0 1 0 1 0 0 0 2 1   5 8 0
Kansas City
0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 1   3 10 0
Standings thru 7/26/08  |  Recap: TB | KC  |  Gameday  |  Rays stats  |  Royals stats
Tampa BayABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Iwamura, 2B4110000.275
Upton, CF4110000.269
Crawford, LF4022000.267
Longoria, 3B4110002.276
Pena, 1B3221110.238
Aybar, DH4001002.230
Navarro, C4010001.315
Hinske, RF2001001.254
  a-Gomes, PH1000000.195
  Gross, RF0000100.223
Bartlett, SS4000002.258
Totals34585218 

a-Popped out for Hinske in the 8th.

BATTING
2B: Longoria (25, Hochevar), Upton (23, Ramirez, H).
3B: Crawford 2 (7, Hochevar, Ramirez, H).
HR: Pena (17, 9th inning off Peralta, 0 on, 0 out).
TB: Iwamura; Upton 2; Crawford 6; Longoria 2; Pena 5; Navarro.
RBI: Hinske (46), Aybar (10), Crawford 2 (50), Pena (53).
2-out RBI: Crawford 2.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Longoria 2; Bartlett.
GIDP: Navarro.
Team LOB: 4.

FIELDING
DP: (Longoria-Iwamura-Pena).

 
Kansas CityABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
DeJesus, CF4000102.301
Aviles, M, SS5010022.302
Grudzielanek, 2B5130003.306
Guillen, RF4011005.260
Butler, DH4110001.253
Gordon, 3B3000020.247
Buck, C2000111.251
Gload, 1B4121002.270
German, LF4021022.255
Totals3531032718 

BATTING
2B: Grudzielanek 3 (24, Kazmir, Kazmir, Kazmir).
3B: Gload (1, Percival).
TB: Aviles, M; Grudzielanek 6; Guillen; Butler; Gload 4; German 2.
RBI: Gload (25), Guillen (67), German (12).
2-out RBI: Gload; Guillen.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Guillen 3.
S: Gordon.
GIDP: Guillen.
Team LOB: 9.

FIELDING
DP: (Aviles, M-Gload).

 
Tampa BayIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Kazmir 5.07220502.84
Miller 1.00002205.19
Reyes (W, 2-2)1.01000004.12
Wheeler (H, 22)1.00000002.18
Percival (S, 22)1.02110003.69
 
Kansas CityIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Hochevar 5.04221005.38
Ramirez, H (L, 1-1)2.23220102.79
Ramirez, R 0.10000002.94
Peralta 1.01111015.91

Miller pitched to 1 batter in the 7th.

HBP: Buck (by Kazmir).
Pitches-strikes: Kazmir 91-60, Miller 21-11, Reyes 7-6, Wheeler 6-3, Percival 22-14, Hochevar 78-48, Ramirez, H 43-30, Ramirez, R 3-2, Peralta 20-12.
Ground outs-fly outs: Kazmir 3-7, Miller 1-0, Reyes 3-0, Wheeler 1-2, Percival 1-2, Hochevar 11-4, Ramirez, H 5-2, Ramirez, R 0-1, Peralta 1-2.
Batters faced: Kazmir 23, Miller 5, Reyes 3, Wheeler 3, Percival 5, Hochevar 19, Ramirez, H 11, Ramirez, R 1, Peralta 5.
Inherited runners-scored: Reyes 1-0, Ramirez, R 1-0.
EjectionsKansas City Royals Manager Trey Hillman ejected by 1B umpire Brian O'Nora. (4th).
Umpires: HP: Paul Nauert. 1B: Brian O'Nora. 2B: Tom Hallion. 3B: Jerry Crawford.
Weather: 89 degrees, partly cloudy.
Wind: 8 mph, Varies.
T: 3:09 (1:13 delay).
Att: 24,322.
July 26, 2008

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