Final

Series: Game 1 of 3

Kansas City leads 1-0 (as of 9/10)

Game 1: Friday, September 10
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Game 2: Saturday, September 11
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Game 3: Sunday, September 12
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Devil Rays 5

(59-80, 23-46 away)

Royals 8

(51-89, 31-37 home)

    8:10 PM ET, September 10, 2004

    Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri 

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    W: D. Reyes (4-8)

    L: F. Nunez (0-2)

    S: J. Affeldt (10)

    Royals rally with six-run seventh

    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 time."

    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 Hendrickson said.

    Tampa Bay led 5-0 in the sixth and Hendrickson was working on a one-hitter before Kansas City closed on Ken Harvey's RBI groundout and Joe Randa's run-scoring single.

    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.

    Calvin Pickering had an RBI single off Trevor Miller, shortstop Julio Lugo made a throwing error and Harvey scored on a wild pitch.

    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 fall in."

    Dennys Reyes (4-8) pitched two scoreless innings in relief of Mike Wood, and Jeremy Affeldt got three outs for his 10th save in 13 chances. Wood gave up five runs and 10 hits in 5 1-3 innings.

    Tino Martinez hit a two-run homer for the Devil Rays, who lost for the 23rd time in 27 road games, and Rocco Baldelli had a single, two doubles and two RBI.

    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.

    Game notes


    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.

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