ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- Mark Hendrickson is earning the
confidence of Devil Rays manager Lou Piniella.
Hendrickson gave up four hits in his second complete game in
three starts and Tampa Bay handed the Kansas City Royals their
sixth straight loss, 10-1 Wednesday night.
"I feel good when he goes out there," Piniella said. "I know
we're going to get a good effort and he's going to give a chance to
win a ballgame."
Hendrickson (8-8) retired 21 of 22 batters before Tony
Graffanino reached on shortstop Julio Lugo's throwing error with
one out in the ninth.
Ken Harvey then drove in Graffanino with an RBI single in the
Hendrickson threw 117 pitches, striking out five and walking
none in his third career complete game. His other complete game
this year came July 18 in a 7-2 win against Baltimore.
"The first one I got I think somewhat developed the mind-set
that I'm going out there and finish what I started," Hendrickson
said. "I'm most proud of the fact that I pretty much stayed
focused. A lot of times those (big lead) games get out of hand. You
tend to lose your concentration a little bit."
The Royals have the worst record (35-64) in the American League
and are 7-24 since June 24.
"It's very tough to win a ballgame when you didn't hit and you
didn't pitch," Kansas City manager Tony Pena said.
Jimmy Gobble (6-8) gave up eight runs and 10 hits in 4 2-3
innings. He beat Tampa Bay in his first two major league starts
last August, allowing one earned run over 12 1-3 innings.
"That had to be the worst game he has pitched since he has been
in the big leagues," Pena said. "He pitched behind in the count
and then he just threw a fastball right in the middle of the plate.
He got hit hard."
Cruz put the Devil Rays up 1-0 with a homer in the second. It
was his 15th homer, which set a team record for a switch hitter.
Randy Winn hit 14 in 2002.
The Royals failed to score after Ruben Mateo tripled with one
out in second. After Mateo's hit, Hendrickson allowed just one more
runner through eight innings. He hit Angel Berroa with a pitch in
"It's tough right now," Harvey said. "Guys are trying. It
doesn't seem like we can get anything started."
Huff hit a two-run homer during a three-run third that made it
4-0. He added an RBI single during a two-run sixth and has driven
in 14 runs in the past 13 games.
"You get out to a nice lead early and everybody can relax a
little bit," Huff said.
Carl Crawford had his major league-leading 16th triple earlier
in the third and scored on Lugo's sacrifice fly to give Tampa Bay a
Crawford is bidding to become the first player since Willie Mays
in 1957 to lead the majors outright in both triples and stolen
bases. He started the day leading with 43 stolen bases.
Rey Sanchez extended the Devil Rays advantage to 5-0 on an RBI
double in the fourth.
Cruz had run-scoring triple and Martinez hit a two-run homer to
make it 8-0 in the fifth. Martinez didn't have an RBI in his
previous 13 games.
Hendrickson has both of Tampa Bay's complete games this
season. ... Huff has six homers in his past 14 games. ... The
Royals have been held to four runs or less in 26 of their last 31
games. ... Light heavyweight boxing champion Antonio Tarver threw
out the ceremonial first pitch. ... Martinez homered for the first
time since July 5. ... The Devil Rays are 21-10 at home since May