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Wigginton, Devil Rays hand Royals sixth straight loss

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- The Tampa Bay Devil Rays have made a
habit this season of coming up with late rallies.

Ty Wigginton drove in three runs to help the Devil Rays beat the
Kansas City Royals 6-3 on Saturday night.

Trailing 3-2, the Devil Rays loaded the bases with no outs
against Luke Hudson (0-1) in the seventh. Andrew Sisco came in to
strike out Travis Lee before Jonny Gomes walked on four pitches to
tie the game. After pinch-hitter Damon Hollins struck out,
Wigginton lined a two-run single to center to give the Devil Rays a
5-3 lead.

"I like the concentration," Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon said.
"Just the quality of the mental at-bats, that's what I'm liking.
The guys aren't giving up. They're not quitting. They know if we
get down a couple points we can come back. It's a nice feeling."

The Devil Rays, who are 6-6 through 12 games, have won four
times when trailing after the sixth inning. It's the second-best
start in franchise history, only behind a 7-5 mark in 1998.

Seth McClung (1-2) gave up three runs and nine hits in seven
innings. He had allowed 12 runs and 12 hits over eight innings in
losing his previous two starts of the season.

"My confidence wasn't shaken, but it's nice to get a good start
and it's nice to get a win," McClung said. "I'm more concerned
about the team winning than my winning. I'm just glad the guys were
there and they got everything going."

Tampa Bay added a run in the eighth on Carl Crawford's RBI
double to make it 6-3. Shawn Camp pitched two innings for his first
save.

Kansas City took a 3-2 lead in the top of the seventh on Mark
Grudzielanek's sacrifice fly.

Royals right-hander Mike Wood gave up two runs and three hits in
four-plus innings. He struck out four and walked five.

Kansas City, which has lost six straight, is still looking for
its first win this season from a starting pitcher. The starters
have failed to pitch into the sixth inning in six of 10 games and
are 0-6.

The Royals have walked 35 -- including eight Saturday -- in the
past five games.

"It's just the same old story every night," Kansas City
manager Buddy Bell said. "We just walk people. It's hard to
explain. They just have to do better, it's the big leagues."

The Devil Rays took a 1-0 lead on a second-inning RBI groundout
by Wigginton.

"He's given us an attitude ... a true blue-collar baseball
player," Maddon said of Wigginton. "He's just a fun baseball
player. The guy wants to win."

Kansas City loaded the bases -- on an infield single and two
walks -- with two outs in the third, but failed to score when Reggie
Sanders' lined out.

The Devil Rays made it 2-0 when Crawford scored from third on
Russell Branyan's sacrifice fly.

Angel Berroa got Kansas City within 2-1 on a run-scoring infield
single in the fourth. Mark Teahen's sacrifice fly in the sixth tied
it at 2-all.
Game notes
Royals CF David DeJesus (left hamstring) was in the lineup
after missing the past six games. He was 1-for-3 with a walk. ...
Devil Rays SS Tomas Perez landed on the ground behind the Royals'
bullpen bench after he just missed catching DeJesus' foul ball in
the fifth. He remained in the game. ... Perez got McClung in the
face with a shaving cream pie during a postgame interview. ... Camp
has three career saves. It was his first since Aug. 1, 2004 in his
rookie season with the Royals.