Final

Series: Game 3 of 4

Tampa Bay leads 2-1 (as of 8/4)

Game 1: Friday, August 2
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in 12
Tampa Bay 5
Game 2: Saturday, August 3
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Tampa Bay 6
Game 3: Sunday, August 4
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Tampa Bay 10
Game 4: Monday, August 5
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Tampa Bay 3

White Sox 3

(52-60, 22-37 away)

Devil Rays 10

(37-73, 23-35 home)

    1:15 PM ET, August 4, 2002

    Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, Florida 

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    W: J. Kennedy (7-8)

    L: M. Buehrle (14-8)

    Kennedy overmatches Buehrle in Devil Rays' win

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- The Tampa Bay Devil Rays had a rare day of success against a left-handed pitcher.

    Joe Kennedy
    Kennedy

    Aubrey Huff and Jared Sandberg hit consecutive homers and Joe Kennedy threw seven strong innings as the Devil Rays beat All-Star Mark Buehrle and the Chicago White Sox 10-3 Sunday.

    "The guys played a real baseball game today,'' Tampa Bay manager Hal McRae said. "Sometimes you go out and you play. They call it a game of baseball, but you don't play baseball. It was a wonderful effort by the players. We did it all. Speed, defense, some aggressive play and power.''

    Huff and Sandberg homered in the span of four pitches off Buehrle (14-8) to put the Devil Rays up 3-2 in the sixth. It's the first time Tampa Bay has hit consecutive homers since June 25 2001.

    Huff added a run-scoring double and Sandberg hit an RBI single during a six-run seventh that made it 9-2.

    "Hitting is contagious,'' Huff said. "It's a lot of fun when you're doing that.''

    Sandberg scored his third run of the game on Andy Sheets' two-out bunt single. Jason Conti drove in two with a double and Carl Crawford had a run-scoring single.

    "I thought it was going to be a classic pitchers duel,'' Sandberg said.

    Kennedy (7-8) gave up two runs and seven hits. He out pitched Buehrle to match his victory total from his rookie campaign last season.

    "It was something I was looking forward to,'' Kennedy said. "He's an All-Star. He's 23. I'm 23. He's left-handed. I'm left-handed. So it was just something I was looking forward to coming out today and facing him.''

    Buehrle, coming off a five-hit shutout over Minnesota, gave up five runs and a career-high 11 hits over 6 1/3 innings.

    "I was just missing my spots,'' Buehrle said. "I wasn't as sharp as I was in my last outing.''

    The left-hander is attempting to become the first White Sox 20-game winner since Jack McDowell went 22-10 in 1993.

    "He had an uncharacteristic day for him,'' Chicago pitching coach Don Cooper said. "Babe Ruth had a bad day once in a while.''

    Tampa Bay is 5-14 when the opposition starts a left-hander. The Devil Rays started the day hitting just .222 against left-handed pitching. All four right-handed hitters -- not including the switch-hitting Randy Winn -- in the starting lineup entered with batting averages under .190 against lefties.

    "This doesn't set a trend,'' McRae said.

    Carlos Lee gave Chicago a 1-0 lead with an RBI grounder in the third. He also had an RBI single in the ninth.

    Tampa Bay tied it at 1 on a fourth-inning sacrifice fly by Sheets.

    Joe Crede's run-scoring single in the sixth gave the White Sox a 2-1 lead. Later in the inning, a sliding Frank Thomas was thrown out by Conti trying to score from second after being sent home by third base coach Wallace Johnson on Royce Clayton's single to right field.

    "It really could have been the turning point,'' Chicago manager Jerry Manuel said. "I've been at third base, and I know there are times when the team's not doing anything and you want to try to do something to help. But that might not have been a good time.''

    Thomas was also thrown out at the plate by Conti in Saturday's game, but that time he tried to score without sliding. Thomas reached base after being hit in the leg by a Kennedy pitch. He threw his bat to the ground as he headed toward first base.

    Game notes


    Tampa Bay, at 37-73, has the worst record in the majors, but the Devil Rays have has won eight of 15. "I'm sleeping better,'' McRae said. "I enjoy sleeping. ... Buehrle had allowed just seven homers in his past 126 2-3 innings before the back-to-back shots in the sixth. ... White Sox RHP Rocky Biddle replaced Buehrle and gave up four runs in one-third of an inning. ... Chicago RF Magglio Ordonez (bruised left elbow) was back in the starting lineup after pinch-hitting Saturday. ... Devil Rays 2B Felix Escalona, who is expected to see extensive playing time during the final two months of the season, went 2-for-4. He has 12 hits in 26 at-bats during seven starts dating back to June 5.

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