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Gomes belts D-Rays' first 3-HR game in win over Royals

CBS wire reports

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Jonny Gomes put on a power display that not even Jose Canseco or Greg Vaughn could ever accomplish in a Tampa Bay uniform.

Gomes had the first three-homer game in the Devil Rays' history on Saturday night, a 7-3 victory over the Kansas City Royals.

"It's an awesome experience," Gomes said. "It's a rush."

Gomes hit solo shots off Zack Greinke (3-13) in the third and fifth innings and another solo homer off Mike MacDougal in the eighth. The rookie has 12 homers in 44 games. Between the majors and Triple-A Durham this season, Gomes has gone deep 26 times.

"Quite a feat," Tampa Bay manager Lou Piniella said. "He's a strong kid. He takes his hacks up there. A three home run game is an impressive thing."

Tampa Bay began play in the major leagues in 1998 and have played 1,236 games.

Doug Waechter (4-6) won for the first time since June 13 -- a span of five starts -- allowing three runs and seven hits in 5 1/3 innings. Chad Orvella, Trever Miller, Joe Borowski and Jesus Colome combined for 3 2/3 scoreless innings.

"Jonny had a special night," Waechter said. "All of our offense did well tonight. The pitchers that came in after me picked me up. It was a team effort."

Gomes was called out for a curtain call by the announced crowd of 11,940 after the third homer, and got a postgame shaving cream pie in the face from teammate Travis Lee.

"It was amazing what he was doing," Greinke said.

The victory tied Piniella (1,491-1,391) with Hall of Famer Clark Griffith for 18th place in career wins as a manager. The Devil Rays are 11-5 since the All-Star break, including three consecutive wins over the Royals.

Terrence Long homered for Kansas City. Greinke gave up five runs and eight hits in 5 2/3 innings.

Royals manager Buddy Bell took issue with plate umpire Joe Brinkman over Angel Berroa's at-bat in the ninth in his postgame media session.

"I'll tell you one thing, I'm irriated ... I'm not going to stand for Joe Brinkman, the home plate umpire, disrupting a hitters' at-bat," Bell said. "He misses a pitch and then ends up calling me all kind of expletives and Angel Berroa is trying to hit. He can call me whatever he wants and get away with it. There's a little bit of a double standard when umpires can do whatever they want and you can't do anything back to them."

"I'm just not going to sit back and just let him call whatever he wants to and think he can get away with it. Especially disrupting a hitter's at-bat. That's unprofessional."

Brinkman was unavailable for comment.

Toby Hall had an RBI double and Joey Gathright drove in a run with an infield single in the second to put Tampa Bay up 2-0.

Gomes' third and fifth innings shots, and an RBI triple by Julio Lugo in the fourth gave the Devil Rays a 5-0 lead.

Long homered, Matt Stairs hit an RBI double and Berroa had a sacrifice fly that pulled the Royals to 5-3 in the sixth.


  • Gomes is the first rookie to have a three-homer game since Colorado's Jose Ortiz on Aug. 17, 2001.
  • The only other three-homer game at Tropicana Field was by Carlos Delgado, who was with Toronto at the time, on April 4, 2001.
  • Gomes has been using the same model bat as Barry Bonds.
  • Hall has 10 RBI in his last 11 starts after driving in just one run over his previous 19 games.
  • Berroa stopped an 0-for-7 stretch on a second-inning single.
  • Waechter has given up 28 homers in 115 1/3 career innings at Tropicana Field.
  • Kansas City CF David DeJesus has multihit efforts in five of his last six games.
  • Greinke is 2-2 since the All-Star break. He went 1-11 before the break.
  • Borowski, the one-time Chicago Cubs closer, has not allowed a run in 8 1/3 innings since being signed by the Devil Rays on July 11.
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The Devil Rays roll past the Royals thanks to Jonny Gomes' three homers.  (AP)
The Devil Rays roll past the Royals thanks to Jonny Gomes' three homers. (AP)

Players of the Game
Tampa Bay

J. Gomes
AB 4
R 3
H 3
HR 3
Tampa Bay

T. Hall
AB 3
R 1
H 2
HR 0
Kansas City Royals
David DeJesus, CF5020011 .299
Terrence Long, LF4111002 .282
Mike Sweeney, DH4110012 .314
Matt Stairs, 1B4111001 .256
Emil Brown, RF3000101 .288
Mark Teahen, 3B3010111 .252
Angel Berroa, SS3011011 .256
Ruben Gotay, 2B4000012 .231
Alberto Castillo, C2000110 .214
   a- Chip Ambres, PH0000100 .400
a-walked for Castillo in the 9th
2B - David DeJesus (25, Waechter), Matt Stairs (16, Waechter)
HR - Terrence Long (5, Waechter)
SF - Angel Berroa (1)
RBI - Terrence Long (33), Matt Stairs (39), Angel Berroa (28)
Team LOB - 7
E - Mark Teahen (16, )
Kansas City Royals
Zack Greinke (L,3-13) 5.2855242 6.14
Ambiorix Burgos 1.1000020 4.06
Mike MacDougal 1322011 3.70
WP - Mike MacDougal (6)
Pitches-Strikes - Zack Greinke 101-63, Ambiorix Burgos 15-11, Mike MacDougal 21-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Zack Greinke 7-6, Mike MacDougal 1-1
Batters Faced - Zack Greinke 27, Ambiorix Burgos 4, Mike MacDougal 6
Tampa Bay Devil Rays
Julio Lugo, SS4011112 .298
Carl Crawford, LF4000014 .284
Jorge Cantu, 3B4000020 .288
    Alex Gonzalez, 3B0000000 .264
Aubrey Huff, DH4110010 .270
Jonny Gomes, RF4333011 .295
Travis Lee, 1B4110001 .253
Nick Green, 2B3100101 .248
Toby Hall, C3122000 .282
Joey Gathright, CF4031011 .280
2B - Toby Hall (13, Greinke)
3B - Julio Lugo (4, Greinke), Travis Lee (2, MacDougal), Joey Gathright (2, Greinke)
HR - Jonny Gomes 3 (12, Greinke, Greinke, MacDougal)
SF - Toby Hall (4)
RBI - Julio Lugo (41), Jonny Gomes 3 (24), Toby Hall 2 (29), Joey Gathright (6)
2-OUT RBI - Julio Lugo (11), Jonny Gomes 2 (9), Toby Hall (13), Joey Gathright (5)
Team LOB - 6
DP - Lugo-Lee
E - Jorge Cantu (15, throwing errort)
Tampa Bay Devil Rays
Doug Waechter (W,4-6) 5.1733221 5.28
Chad Orvella (H,5) 1000010 3.90
Trever Miller (H,5) 0.2000000 4.00
Joe Borowski (H,9) 1000120 3.72
Jesus Colome 1000110 6.10
Pitches-Strikes - Doug Waechter 76-53, Chad Orvella 16-12, Trever Miller 4-4, Joe Borowski 16-8, Jesus Colome 23-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Doug Waechter 4-9, Trever Miller 2-0
Batters Faced - Doug Waechter 24, Chad Orvella 3, Trever Miller 2, Joe Borowski 4, Jesus Colome 4
Game Information
Attendance - 11940
Game Time - 2:34
Temperature - 72
Umpires - Home - Joe Brinkman, First Base - Derryl Cousins, Second Base - Jeff Nelson, Third Base - Bill Miller