KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Even if they don't set the franchise
record for longest losing streak, the Tampa Bay Devil Rays already
have made history.
After wasting a five-run lead to the Kansas City Royals in an
8-5 loss Friday night, the Devil Rays became just the third major
league team to have both a 12-game winning streak and a 12-game
losing streak in the same year.
"That's a tough one," Devil Rays manager Lou Piniella said.
"Now we keep bringing up all these kids, trying all these kids
out. It's just too hard to win up here trying kids out all the
Tampa Bay, outscored 37-12 during a four-game series at the New
York Yankees earlier in the week, is three shy of its record losing
streak, set from April 25 to May 10, 2002. The Devil Rays, who won
12 in a row from June 9-22, joined the 1951 New York Giants and
1987 Milwaukee Brewers as the only major league teams with 12-game
winning and losing streaks in the same year.
"You get this many (losses) in a row, sometimes you start
playing not to lose instead of playing to win," starter Mark
Dee Brown's double leading off the seventh and Ruben Gotay's
single chased Hendrickson, and Franklin Nunez (0-2) gave up three
hits -- Desi Relaford's RBI double, and run-scoring singles by Angel
Berroa and Abraham Nunez. Harvey was hit by a pitch, loading the
bases, and Randa's sacrifice fly put the Royals ahead 6-5.
Kansas City, which set team records with 26 hits and 26 runs in
a doubleheader opener against Detroit on Thursday, followed that by
going 14 straight innings without a run.
"Once we get it going, we can be pretty hard to stop," Brown
said. "That was fun. You get the feeling everything's going to
Aubrey Huff had an RBI single in the first, and Baldelli hit
run-scoring doubles in the third and sixth innings. Martinez hit
his 21st homer in the sixth.
RHP Jesus Colome underwent an MRI exam Friday. Colome faced
one batter in the second game of Thursday's doubleheader in New
York and left with tightness in his right shoulder. ... Carl
Crawford, sidelined from Aug. 31 until Thursday with a bruised
right shoulder, had gone 11 games without a stolen base before
getting his league-leading 51st in the first inning.