Final

Series: Game 2 of 3

Series tied 1-1 (as of 6/10)

Game 1: Friday, June 9
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Kansas City4
Game 2: Saturday, June 10
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Game 3: Sunday, June 11
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Devil Rays 9

(25-37, 11-22 away)

Royals 5

(16-44, 10-18 home)

    2:10 PM ET, June 10, 2006

    Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri 

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    W: C. Fossum (2-2)

    L: M. Wood (3-2)

    Royals fall, but Sanders fifth to join 300-300 club

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Tampa Bay's lineup is much more dangerous when Jorge Cantu and Rocco Baldelli are healthy.

    Cantu had four hits, Baldelli added an RBI single and Casey Fossum pitched six strong innings to lead the Devil Rays past the Kansas City Royals 9-5 on Saturday.

    "I'm starting to get comfortable," said Cantu, who missed 39 games with a broken left foot. "The offense is doing great right now. I'm just another bat in the lineup. We've got most of our original lineup back. Rocco and me are trying to get back in the group. Once this gets going, watch out."

    Baldelli missed 2005 and the first two months of this season because of injuries. He returned Wednesday and got two hits on Friday.

    "It's just like old days," said Cantu, who had three hits Friday. "Hopefully, this is the start of something."

    Reggie Sanders hit his 300th career home run, a two-run shot in the ninth for the Royals off Chad Harville. Sanders became the fifth player in major league history with 300 homers and 300 stolen bases. Barry Bonds, Willie Mays, Andre Dawson and Bobby Bonds are the others.

    San Francisco's Steve Finley is one home run shy of the plateau.

    "I started thinking about where I came from, Florence, South Carolina, and where I am today," Sanders said. "It shows the perseverance through the good and the bad. The home runs are tougher than the stolen bases. If you've got speed, you've got speed. Home runs are mistakes. I've been able to hit 300 mistakes."

    Greg Norton scored three times and drove in two runs for the Devil Rays.

    "With Rocco hitting behind me in the lineup, I'm going to get some good pitches," Norton said. "They'd rather face me than him."

    Toby Hall also had two RBI for Tampa Bay, which scored four times in the fourth to take a 4-0 lead.

    Fossum, making his first start since May 24 because of a strained left groin, allowed one run and seven hits with two walks and one strikeout. Fossum (2-2) threw 52 strikes in 82 pitches and earned his first win since April 28.

    "I felt good," he said. "I went out there and just basically did what I was working on in my last couple of bullpens, just attacking the strike zone and throwing my good, hard curveball. It seemed to work. I tried to keep us off the field and tried to get us back in the dugout as quickly as I could. It was hot out there. I wanted to get back in the dugout where it was nice and cool. I felt like I kept them off balance."

    The Devil Rays opted to put Fossum on the disabled list for 15 days rather than having him try to pitch through the injury.

    "Groins are so sensitive to a pitcher," Fossum said. "You just can't take a chance. I've seen a couple of guys who've missed whole seasons because of groins. It is something you don't want to play with."

    Sanders, who had not homered since May 26, hit his milestone shot to left-center on an 0-1 count.

    "It is definitely exciting," he said. "With this ballpark, you never know if it's going to go out. I was excited at first and then had some tears. It is amazing because you don't know what kind of emotion you're going to feel."

    Cantu and Ty Wigginton singled with one out in the fourth off Mike Wood (3-2). Norton's double to right-center scored both. Russell Branyan and Hall each added an RBI single.

    Wood, making his third start of the season, was pulled after 4 2-3 innings. He gave up four runs, three earned, and seven hits. Wood was 3-0 as a reliever, but has lost two starts in June.

    The Devil Rays got another run off reliever Jeremy Affeldt in the sixth. Norton and Baldelli led off the inning with walks, and Branyan singled to load the bases. Norton scored when Hall grounded into a double play.

    The Royals, who stranded 12 runners, scored their only run off Fossum in the sixth on consecutive one-out singles by Emil Brown, Doug Mientkiewicz and Angel Berroa.

    In the seventh, Devil Rays relievers Shawn Camp and Ruddy Lugo walked the bases loaded. Mientkiewicz's two-out single scored Mark Teahen and Mark Grudzielanek, cutting the lead to 5-3.

    The Devil Rays scored twice in the eighth. Norton and Baldelli led off with singles and Branyan walked. Hall's sacrifice fly to the left-field warning track scored Norton. Julio Lugo's single scored Baldelli with the other run.

    Cantu led off the ninth with a single, advanced to third on Wigginton's double and scored on Baldelli's groundnut. Wigginton scored on Todd Wellemeyer's wild pitch to make it 9-3.

    Game notes


    Royals C John Buck was hit by Fossum's pitch leading off the third, but plate umpire Bob Davidson did not award him first base, ruling that Buck did not make an attempt to get out of the way. Royals manager Buddy Bell argued to no avail. Buck ending up flying out. ... The Devil Rays have a .528 winning percentage against Kansas City, their best against any AL opponent.

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