Final

Series: Game 2 of 3

Tampa Bay leads 2-0 (as of 4/15)

Game 1: Friday, April 14
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Game 2: Saturday, April 15
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Game 3: Sunday, April 16
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Royals 3

(2-8, 0-5 away)

Devil Rays 6

(6-6, 3-3 home)

    7:15 PM ET, April 15, 2006

    Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, Florida 

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    W: S. McClung (1-2)

    L: L. Hudson (0-1)

    S: S. Camp (1)

    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.

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