Kansas City (35-63) at Tampa Bay (46-53)

  • Game info: 7:05 pm EDT Wed Jul 28, 2004
  • TV: RTN
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The Kansas City Royals could be the perfect tonic for the slumping Tampa Bay Devil Rays.

Tampa Bay looks for its second straight victory over Kansas City as they continue their three-game set at Tropicana Field.

Outfielder Rocco Baldelli had an RBI double and threw a runner out at the plate Tuesday to help the Devil Rays end their six-game losing streak with a 6-2 victory over the Royals.

“It’s nice to win after losing a few in a row,” Tampa Bay manager Lou Piniella said.

Toby Hall homered and drove in three runs for the Devil Rays, who are 6-15 since they were a season-high two-games over .500 on July 3.

Carl Crawford has two of Tampa Bay’s four stolen bases. He leads the majors with 43 steals this season.

“When we’re playing well, that’s what we’re doing,” said Baldelli, who has 10 steals. “That’s one of our strong points, our speed. For us to be playing quality ball and to win games, we have to take advantage of it.”

Joe Randa homered for the Royals, who have lost five straight. Kansas City has an AL-worst record of 35-63.

“We had our chances,” Royals manager Tony Pena said. “We just cannot get a big hit in the right situation.”

Darrell May gave up five runs and seven hits in five innings to drop his record to 7-11 for Kansas City.

The Royals don’t have single starter with a winning record and their 5.11 ERA is the highest in the AL. Kansas City has 17 saves and a .292 batting average against to tie them for last in the majors in both catagories.

The Royals will have southpaw Jimmy Gobble on the mound Wednesday. Gobble, 6-7 with a 5.33 ERA, has alternated wins and losses over his last four starts and is 3-3 with a 6.54 ERA over his last six outings.

However, Gobble has been excellent against the Devil Rays in his career, going 2-0 with a 0.73 ERA in two starts.

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J. Gobble COL vs. M. Hendrickson BAL
9-8 Record 10-15
5.35 ERA 4.81
49 K 87
43 BB 46
1.35 WHIP 1.40