ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- The Devil Rays took a big step
toward a modest goal.
Jose Cruz had four hits, including a two-run homer for the Devil
Rays, who need to go 6-7 the rest of the year for their first
"It feels good to smile after a ballgame," Tampa Bay manager
Lou Piniella said after the Devil Rays stopped a five-game home
losing streak. "It was a nice win."
"All I wanted to do was hit the ball hard," Cantu said. "It's
amazing what can happen when you hit the ball really hard. It's a
Hendrickson, who was recently dropped from the rotation, ended a
seven-game losing streak with his first win since July 28.
Zack Greinke was looking to became the first Kansas City rookie
to win nine games in season since Rusty Meacham (10) and Hipolito
Pichardo (nine) in 1992. Greinke allowed two runs and eight hits in
6 2-3 innings, striking out seven.
"He's impressive," Piniella said. "Really poised. He changed
speeds. You know what, it looked like he was having fun out
Greinke is 6-2 in his last 10 starts.
"I'll tell you what ... they really impressed me," Greinke
said of the Devil Rays. "Those guys were making adjustments. I had
to change my philosophy."
David DeJesus hit a solo homer for the Royals, who went ahead
1-0 on Donnie Murphy's run-scoring double in the second. It was the
first career RBI for Murphy, who was called up from Class-A
Wilmington last Friday.
Cruz hit a two-run homer in the third for a 2-1 lead, but
DeJesus' homer tied it in the fifth.
"Any time you can contribute to a win, it's definitely a
satisfactory feeling," Cruz said.
"We played well," Royals manager Tony Pena said. "Just one
Tampa Bay starter Rob Bell gave up three runs and six hits in
Both benches were warned by plate umpire Hunter Wendelstedt
after Bell threw two of his first three pitches to Abraham Nunez
well inside with two outs in the fifth. Tampa Bay's B.J. Upton was
hit by Greinke pitch in the second.
Cantu has 41 hits in his rookie season, including 17
double. He plans to play winter ball in Mexico. ... Royals DH
Calvin Pickering, who injured his hamstring one pitch before
hitting a tiebreaking two-run homer in Monday's 6-3 win over Tampa
Bay, was in the starting lineup. ... Kansas City LF Desi Relaford
was went 0-for-3 and is hitless in 18 at-bats. ... Royals SS Angel
Berroa has gone 14 at-bats without a hit, including 0-for-4