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Billy's big blast
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Royals 6, Rays 1
Mike Aviles scored two runs and hit his fifth homer of the season. (Ed Zurga/AP)
Billy Butler continued his surge in July, crushing a shot off the left-field foul pole for his fifth homer of the month and sixth of the year. Ron Mahay was great in relief, entering with runners on second and third and escaping the sixth-inning jam before tossing a perfect seventh.
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Series at a glance:
TB
Tampa Bay (61-43)
Lost 1
Kansas City 6, Tampa Bay 1   KC
Kansas City (47-59)
Won 1
July 27, 2008
   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   R   H   E 
Tampa Bay
0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0   1 7 0
Kansas City
1 0 0 1 1 0 3 0 X   6 11 0
Standings thru 7/27/08  |  Recap: TB | KC  |  Gameday  |  Rays stats  |  Royals stats
Tampa BayABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Iwamura, 2B4010010.275
Upton, CF2110210.270
Crawford, LF4011003.267
Longoria, 3B4020001.279
Pena, 1B3020012.243
Aybar, DH4000006.224
Gross, RF2000012.221
  a-Gomes, PH-RF1000002.194
  b-Hinske, PH0000000.254
Riggans, C4000002.241
Bartlett, SS4000000.254
Totals321712418 

a-Flied out for Gross in the 6th. b-Hit by pitch for Gomes in the 9th.

BATTING
2B: Iwamura (19, Davies), Pena (12, Davies), Longoria (26, Davies).
TB: Iwamura 2; Upton; Crawford; Longoria 3; Pena 3.
RBI: Crawford (51).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Gross; Gomes 2; Aybar.
GIDP: Crawford; Riggans.
Team LOB: 8.

BASERUNNING
SB: Upton (31, 2nd base off Davies/Olivo).

 
Kansas CityABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
German, 2B5110000.252
Aviles, M, SS4221001.306
DeJesus, LF3221100.305
Butler, DH3124101.257
Gordon, 3B4010012.247
Teahen, RF4020001.248
Gload, 1B4010013.269
Olivo, C4000003.246
Maier, CF4000000.111
Totals3561162211 

BATTING
2B: DeJesus 2 (18, Sonnanstine, Sonnanstine), Butler (14, Sonnanstine), German (6, Sonnanstine).
HR: Aviles, M (5, 1st inning off Sonnanstine, 0 on, 1 out), Butler (6, 7th inning off Reyes, 2 on, 2 out).
TB: German 2; Aviles, M 5; DeJesus 4; Butler 6; Gordon; Teahen 2; Gload.
RBI: Aviles, M (26), Butler 4 (33), DeJesus (55).
2-out RBI: DeJesus; Butler 3.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Olivo 2; Butler; Gload.
Team LOB: 7.

BASERUNNING
SB: German (6, 3rd base off Reyes/Riggans).

FIELDING
DP: 2 (German-Aviles, M-Gload, Gordon-German-Gload).

 
Tampa BayIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Sonnanstine (L, 10-6)6.28552214.65
Reyes 0.02110014.58
Miller 0.11000005.13
Hammel 1.00000004.47
 
Kansas CityIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Davies (W, 4-2)5.06112204.34
Mahay (H, 17)2.00000101.81
Nunez 1.01000102.13
Soria 1.00000001.57

Reyes pitched to 2 batters in the 7th.
Davies pitched to 3 batters in the 6th.

WP: Reyes, Davies.
IBB: DeJesus (by Sonnanstine).
HBP: Pena (by Nunez), Hinske (by Soria).
Pitches-strikes: Sonnanstine 94-63, Reyes 15-11, Miller 8-5, Hammel 13-8, Davies 83-47, Mahay 22-14, Nunez 17-14, Soria 5-3.
Ground outs-fly outs: Sonnanstine 6-12, Reyes 0-0, Miller 0-1, Hammel 1-2, Davies 5-8, Mahay 0-5, Nunez 0-2, Soria 2-1.
Batters faced: Sonnanstine 30, Reyes 2, Miller 2, Hammel 3, Davies 22, Mahay 6, Nunez 5, Soria 3.
Inherited runners-scored: Reyes 2-2, Miller 1-0, Mahay 2-0.
Umpires: HP: Brian O'Nora. 1B: Tom Hallion. 2B: Jerry Crawford. 3B: Paul Nauert.
Weather: 91 degrees, sunny.
Wind: 7 mph, R to L.
T: 2:37.
Att: 13,779.
July 27, 2008

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