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Devil Rays 9, Royals 5

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Tampa Bay's lineup is much more dangerous when Jorge Cantu and Rocco Baldelli are healthy.

Cantu had four hits, Baldelli added an RBI single and Casey Fossum pitched six strong innings to lead the Devil Rays past the Kansas City Royals 9-5 on Saturday.

"I'm starting to get comfortable," said Cantu, who missed 39 games with a broken left foot. "The offense is doing great right now. I'm just another bat in the lineup. We've got most of our original lineup back. Rocco and me are trying to get back in the group. Once this gets going, watch out."

Baldelli missed 2005 and the first two months of this season because of injuries. He returned Wednesday and got two hits on Friday.

"It's just like old days," said Cantu, who had three hits Friday. "Hopefully, this is the start of something."

Reggie Sanders hit his 300th career home run, a two-run shot in the ninth for the Royals off Chad Harville. Sanders became the fifth player in major league history with 300 homers and 300 stolen bases. Barry Bonds, Willie Mays, Andre Dawson and Bobby Bonds are the others.

San Francisco's Steve Finley is one home run shy of the plateau.

"I started thinking about where I came from, Florence, South Carolina, and where I am today," Sanders said. "It shows the perseverance through the good and the bad. The home runs are tougher than the stolen bases. If you've got speed, you've got speed. Home runs are mistakes. I've been able to hit 300 mistakes."

Greg Norton scored three times and drove in two runs for the Devil Rays.

"With Rocco hitting behind me in the lineup, I'm going to get some good pitches," Norton said. "They'd rather face me than him."

Toby Hall also had two RBI for Tampa Bay, which scored four times in the fourth to take a 4-0 lead.

Fossum, making his first start since May 24 because of a strained left groin, allowed one run and seven hits with two walks and one strikeout. Fossum (2-2) threw 52 strikes in 82 pitches and earned his first win since April 28.

"I felt good," he said. "I went out there and just basically did what I was working on in my last couple of bullpens, just attacking the strike zone and throwing my good, hard curveball. It seemed to work. I tried to keep us off the field and tried to get us back in the dugout as quickly as I could. It was hot out there. I wanted to get back in the dugout where it was nice and cool. I felt like I kept them off balance."

The Devil Rays opted to put Fossum on the disabled list for 15 days rather than having him try to pitch through the injury.

"Groins are so sensitive to a pitcher," Fossum said. "You just can't take a chance. I've seen a couple of guys who've missed whole seasons because of groins. It is something you don't want to play with."

Sanders, who had not homered since May 26, hit his milestone shot to left-center on an 0-1 count.

"It is definitely exciting," he said. "With this ballpark, you never know if it's going to go out. I was excited at first and then had some tears. It is amazing because you don't know what kind of emotion you're going to feel."

Cantu and Ty Wigginton singled with one out in the fourth off Mike Wood (3-2). Norton's double to right-center scored both. Russell Branyan and Hall each added an RBI single.

Wood, making his third start of the season, was pulled after 4 2/3 innings. He gave up four runs, three earned, and seven hits. Wood was 3-0 as a reliever, but has lost two starts in June.

The Devil Rays got another run off reliever Jeremy Affeldt in the sixth. Norton and Baldelli led off the inning with walks, and Branyan singled to load the bases. Norton scored when Hall grounded into a double play.

The Royals, who stranded 12 runners, scored their only run off Fossum in the sixth on consecutive one-out singles by Emil Brown, Doug Mientkiewicz and Angel Berroa.

In the seventh, Devil Rays relievers Shawn Camp and Ruddy Lugo walked the bases loaded. Mientkiewicz's two-out single scored Mark Teahen and Mark Grudzielanek, cutting the lead to 5-3.

The Devil Rays scored twice in the eighth. Norton and Baldelli led off with singles and Branyan walked. Hall's sacrifice fly to the left-field warning track scored Norton. Julio Lugo's single scored Baldelli with the other run.

Cantu led off the ninth with a single, advanced to third on Wigginton's double and scored on Baldelli's groundout. Wigginton scored on Todd Wellemeyer's wild pitch to make it 9-3.

Notes

  • Royals C John Buck was hit by Fossum's pitch leading off the third, but plate umpire Bob Davidson did not award him first base, ruling that Buck did not make an attempt to get out of the way. Royals manager Buddy Bell argued to no avail. Buck ending up flying out.
  • The Devil Rays have a .528 winning percentage against Kansas City, their best against any AL opponent.
 
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Players of the Game
Kansas City

D. Mientkiewicz
AB 5
R 0
H 3
HR 0
RBI 2
Tampa Bay

G. Norton
AB 4
R 3
H 2
HR 0
RBI 2
 
Tampa Bay Devil Rays
Julio Lugo, SS5011011 .252
Carl Crawford, LF4000102 .297
Jorge Cantu, 2B5240000 .338
Ty Wigginton, 3B-1B4220002 .278
Greg Norton, DH4322112 .274
Rocco Baldelli, CF4111111 .273
Russell Branyan, RF3121110 .202
    Damon Hollins, PR-RF1000000 .239
Toby Hall, C3012000 .255
Travis Lee, 1B3010002 .211
   a- Jonny Gomes, PH1000002 .257
    Tomas Perez, 3B0000000 .173
Totals3791474412 
a-popped out for Lee in the 8th
Batting
2B - Ty Wigginton (11, Sisco), Greg Norton (2, Wood)
SF - Toby Hall (2)
RBI - Julio Lugo (10), Greg Norton 2 (8), Rocco Baldelli (1), Russell Branyan (17), Toby Hall 2 (21)
2-OUT RBI - Julio Lugo (4), Russell Branyan (5), Toby Hall (6)
CS - Ty Wigginton (1, 2nd base by Wood/Buck)
Team LOB - 7
Tampa Bay Devil Rays
Casey Fossum (W,2-2) 6711210 5.08
Shawn Camp 0.2022200 3.99
Ruddy Lugo (H,5) 1.1100200 4.37
Chad Harville 1222111 8.53
Pitches-Strikes - Casey Fossum 82-52, Shawn Camp 17-7, Ruddy Lugo 37-23, Chad Harville 23-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Casey Fossum 8-9, Ruddy Lugo 1-3, Chad Harville 1-1
Batters Faced - Casey Fossum 27, Shawn Camp 4, Ruddy Lugo 7, Chad Harville 6
Kansas City Royals
David DeJesus, CF5010001 .282
Tony Graffanino, 3B3010001 .245
   a- Mark Teahen, PH-3B1100101 .238
Mark Grudzielanek, 2B2200302 .300
Reggie Sanders, DH4112102 .259
Emil Brown, LF-RF4120101 .270
Doug Mientkiewicz, 1B5032011 .284
Angel Berroa, SS5021014 .254
Shane Costa, RF2000003 .254
   b- Esteban German, PH-LF3000003 .316
John Buck, C3000102 .217
Totals3751057221 
a-walked for Graffanino in the 7th
b-flied out for Costa in the 6th
Batting
2B - David DeJesus (4, Fossum)
HR - Reggie Sanders (8, Harville)
RBI - Reggie Sanders 2 (32), Doug Mientkiewicz 2 (19), Angel Berroa (23)
2-OUT RBI - Doug Mientkiewicz 2 (6)
Team LOB - 12
Fielding
DP - Buck-Berroa, Berroa-Grudzielanek-Mientkiewicz, Berroa-Grudzielanek-Mientkiewicz
E - Shane Costa (2, Misplayed grounder)
Kansas City Royals
Mike Wood (L,3-2) 4.2743040 4.97
Jeremy Affeldt 1.2211300 7.82
Joel Peralta 1222100 4.62
Andrew Sisco 1322000 7.52
Todd Wellemeyer 0.2000000 5.32
HBP - Wigginton (by Mike Wood)
WP - Jeremy Affeldt (2), Todd Wellemeyer (3)
Pitches-Strikes - Mike Wood 74-44, Jeremy Affeldt 35-16, Joel Peralta 20-11, Andrew Sisco 27-18, Todd Wellemeyer 10-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mike Wood 8-1, Jeremy Affeldt 3-1, Joel Peralta 1-1, Todd Wellemeyer 2-0
Batters Faced - Mike Wood 21, Jeremy Affeldt 9, Joel Peralta 5, Andrew Sisco 6, Todd Wellemeyer 2
Game Information
Attendance - 12929
Game Time - 3:20
Temperature - 88
Umpires - Home - Bob Davidson, First Base - Ron Kulpa, Second Base - Dale Scott, Third Base - Dan Iassogna