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Gomes, Crawford each hit pair of homers to offset triple play

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Not even an bizarre triple play could save the Kansas City Royals from the Tampa Bay Devil Rays' home-run barrage.

The Royals turned a triple play with the help of an appeal in the second inning, but could not overcome the Devil Rays, who matched their club record with six homers in an 8-2 win on Sunday.

With Aubrey Huff on third and Rocco Baldelli on first, Russell Branyan flied out to David DeJesus in shallow center. Huff came home on the play. Baldelli attempted to take second on the throw home, but was thrown out by pitcher Scott Elarton (1-8), who was backing up the throw to the plate.

Angel Berroa tagged out Baldelli and then threw to Mark Teahen at third base as the Royals claimed Huff had left early. Third base umpire Bob Davidson agreed with the appeal and ruled Huff out.

"(Huff) left a step early," Teahen said. "It wasn't even close. He definitely left early."

Huff disagreed.

"I didn't realize that was a triple play," Huff said. "That's how umimpressive that was. It's a joke. You've got to make sure, it has to really be obvious. It cost Branyan a RBI."

It was the Royals' first triple play since April 3, 1996, at Baltimore. It was the sixth triple play in Royals history.

"The triple play was the highlight of my day," Elarton said. "That's pretty sad. That's about the only good thing that happened today."

Devil Rays manager Joe Maddon argued with Davidson, but to no avail.

"Huff didn't do anything wrong," Maddon said. "He tagged appropriately and did not leave early. That triple play totally stands out because of the uniqueness. I can't imagine there has ever been a triple play like that with that combination of numbers (8-1-6-5 in the scorebook)."

Elarton gave up four runs and eight hits in 4 2/3 innings.

Carl Crawford and Jonny Gomes each hit two of Tampa Bay's six home runs.

Crawford, who won back-to-back American League stolen base titles in 2003-04, has hit seven home runs in his past 14 games. He hit a two-run homer in the third and homered in the eighth for his second career multihomer game. His first was May 26 at Boston.

"It's been a good two weeks," Crawford said.

So is Crawford a power-hitter or a speedster?

"I don't want to be considered anything but a ballplayer that goes and tries to win," Crawford said. "I'm just trying to get line-drive base hits and not over-swing and I ran into a couple of today."

Gomes, who had just one homer in his past 21 games, ended his drought with a solo shot in the second and seventh. After hitting a Tampa Bay-record 11 homers in April, Gomes had slumped.

"I had a good month and then a tough month," Gomes said. "It is all part of having my swagger back, my confidence back."

Julio Lugo and Huff also homered for the Devil Rays.

The homers backed rookie Jamie Shields (2-0), who extended his scoreless streak to 12 consecutive innings.

The 25-year-old right-hander was making his third major league start and held the Royals to six hits in six innings. He walked one and struck out five. Shields blanked the Los Angeles Angels on seven hits over six innings in his previous start.

"It all starts with Shields," Gomes said. "He put on the best show."

The Royals scored two runs in seventh off reliever Brian Meadows. Mark Grudzielanek's single scored Berroa, while Paul Bako scored on Doug Mientkiewicz's groundout.

Notes

  • Royals RHP Zack Greinke is scheduled to make his third rehab on Monday for Double-A Wichita at Tulsa.
  • The Devil Rays have 10 or more hits in three straight games for the first time this season. Tampa Bay had a season-high 16 hits on Sunday.
  • The Royals acquired RHP Brandon Duckworth from the Pirates for cash considerations. Duckworth was 8-3 with a 2.42 ERA for Indianapolis, the Pirates' affiliate in the International League.
 
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CF David DeJesus fails to reach Carl Crawford's first homer of the day, one of six for the D-Rays.  (AP)
CF David DeJesus fails to reach Carl Crawford's first homer of the day, one of six for the D-Rays. (AP)

Players of the Game
Tampa Bay

C. Crawford
AB 5
R 2
H 3
HR 2
RBI 3
Tampa Bay

J. Gomes
AB 4
R 3
H 3
HR 2
RBI 2
 

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Tampa Bay Devil Rays
Julio Lugo, SS5111003 .250
Carl Crawford, LF5233000 .304
Jorge Cantu, 2B5010010 .329
Jonny Gomes, DH4332101 .266
Aubrey Huff, 3B4131101 .195
    Tomas Perez, 3B0000000 .173
Rocco Baldelli, CF5041000 .438
Russell Branyan, RF3000127 .195
    Damon Hollins, RF1000001 .238
Josh Paul, C5120014 .295
Travis Lee, 1B3000102 .207
Totals4081784419 
Batting
2B - Jonny Gomes (11, Peralta), Rocco Baldelli (1, Peralta), Josh Paul (5, Elarton)
HR - Julio Lugo (4, Gobble), Carl Crawford 2 (8, Elarton, Peralta), Jonny Gomes 2 (17, Elarton, Gobble), Aubrey Huff (3, Elarton)
RBI - Julio Lugo (11), Carl Crawford 3 (31), Jonny Gomes 2 (44), Aubrey Huff (12), Rocco Baldelli (2)
2-OUT RBI - Julio Lugo (5), Carl Crawford 3 (19)
CS - Carl Crawford (5, 2nd base by Elarton/Bako)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - Lugo-Lee, Cantu-Lee
Tampa Bay Devil Rays
Jamie Shields (W,2-0) 6600150 2.65
Brian Meadows 1322100 5.79
Ruddy Lugo 1100000 4.25
Tyler Walker 1000000 6.94
Pitches-Strikes - Jamie Shields 99-63, Brian Meadows 27-16, Ruddy Lugo 8-5, Tyler Walker 9-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jamie Shields 6-6, Brian Meadows 3-0, Ruddy Lugo 1-1, Tyler Walker 1-2
Batters Faced - Jamie Shields 24, Brian Meadows 7, Ruddy Lugo 3, Tyler Walker 3
Kansas City Royals
David DeJesus, CF4010112 .280
Mark Grudzielanek, 2B4021022 .304
Doug Mientkiewicz, 1B4011001 .284
Matt Stairs, DH4000014 .246
Mark Teahen, 3B4020000 .248
Emil Brown, LF4000011 .265
Shane Costa, RF4010002 .254
Angel Berroa, SS4110002 .254
Paul Bako, C3120100 .266
Totals3521022514 
Batting
2B - Paul Bako (2, Shields)
RBI - Mark Grudzielanek (13), Doug Mientkiewicz (20)
SB - Doug Mientkiewicz (2, 2nd base off Meadows/Paul)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
Outfield Assists - David DeJesus 1
DP - Berroa-Mientkiewicz
Kansas City Royals
Scott Elarton (L,1-8) 4.2844413 5.24
Jimmy Gobble 2.2622032 4.68
Joel Peralta 1.2322001 5.00
Pitches-Strikes - Scott Elarton 99-60, Jimmy Gobble 47-31, Joel Peralta 26-19
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jimmy Gobble 3-1, Joel Peralta 2-3
Batters Faced - Scott Elarton 23, Jimmy Gobble 13, Joel Peralta 8
Game Information
Attendance - 17792
Game Time - 2:57
Temperature - 82
Umpires - Home - Ron Kulpa, First Base - Dale Scott, Second Base - Dan Iassogna, Third Base - Bob Davidson