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Crawford has 3 RBIs in Rays' win

Aug 3, 2009 - 9:24 PM ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- Zack Greinke could appreciate the game Carl Crawford had against him.

Crawford had three hits, three RBIs and stole his 49th base of the season, leading the Tampa Bay Rays past the Kansas City Royals 10-4 on Monday.

The Rays' All-Star left fielder went 3 for 3 against Greinke (10-7) after having just one hit in 16 previous at-bats against him.

"He hit a fastball away, a slow curve and changeup down," Greinke said. "He helped make it look worse than it could have been."

Willy Aybar hit solo homers from both sides of the plate for the Rays, who won nine of 10 games in the season series with Kansas City. Aybar homered left-handed off Greinke in the fifth and went deep from the right side against Ron Mahay two innings later.

"I've had a lot of good luck," Aybar, who is 4 of 6 against Greinke, said through a translator.

Greinke allowed six runs and 10 hits over five innings, and is 0-4 in six starts since his last win on June 28 at Pittsburgh. He is 0-3 in five career games, including four starts, at Tropicana Field.

"Today, it was just mainly bad pitching to start the game off," Greinke said. "It really wasn't them the first couple innings. It was more getting myself in trouble."

Tampa Bay left-hander Scott Kazmir (6-6) gave up three runs and six hits in six-plus innings. The left-hander was coming off a 6-2 win over CC Sabathia and the New York Yankees last Tuesday.

Royals bench coach John Gibbons filled in for manager Trey Hillman, who left the team after Sunday's 4-1 win over the Rays to tend to a family matter. Hillman might return on Tuesday.

Aybar's second homer came in a four-run seventh that put Tampa Bay up 10-3. Jason Bartlett, hitting in the leadoff spot because B.J. Upton was rested, knocked in two runs on his third hit, a triple to right-center.

Rays manager Joe Maddon said he might tweak his regular lineup, which could include keeping Bartlett, who is hitting .337, at the top of the lineup. Aybar might get more at-bats at designated hitter with starter Pat Burrell struggling.

"I wouldn't mind it," Bartlett said. "We had a huge game. I had a good game. If that's what he wants to do, I'm more than happy to do that."

Carlos Pena's two-run single in the first put the Rays ahead 2-0.

Crawford extended the Rays' lead to 4-1 with a two-run double in the second. He also had an RBI single in the fourth.

Kansas City got within 2-1 on a second-inning RBI single by Miguel Olivo. John Buck had an RBI double in the sixth, and Billy Butler hit a bases-loaded sacrifice fly one inning later.

The Royals loaded the bases with two outs in the fifth, but failed to score when Willie Bloomquist flew out to center on a 3-2 pitch.

Greinke struck out nine and walked three during his 105-pitch outing. Yunieksy Betancourt hit his first homer since May 16, a solo shot in the ninth.

NOTES: Greinke said playing baseball indoors is different. "It doesn't feel as much like a baseball game when you're inside," he said. ... Royals 3B Alex Gordon, hitless in 11 at-bats in the first three games of the series, was out of the starting lineup. Gordon is 0 for 34 overall at Tropicana Field. ... Tampa Bay RHP Chad Bradford (lower back) is throwing off a bullpen mound. ... Royals RHP Gil Meche (lower back strain) was scheduled to make a rehab start Monday night with Triple-A Omaha. ... Tampa Bay released RHP Wade Townsend, who was taken eighth overall in the 2005 amateur draft. He has battled shoulder and elbow injuries throughout his pro career. ... Kansas City OF Josh Anderson, acquired from Detroit last Thursday, could join the team Wednesday. Anderson has been with his wife awaiting the birth of their first child.






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    Royals 4, Rays 10  FinalAug 3 3:49 PM


  • ** CONFIRMED **
    AL
    KANSAS CITY 4
    TAMPA BAY 10 FINAL

    Aug 3 3:36 PM


  • AL
    AT TAMPA BAY - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY YUNIESKY BETANCOURT (3) TO LEFT CENTER WITH
    1 OUT IN THE 9TH OFF J.P. HOWELL.
    CURRENT SCORE: KANSAS CITY 4, TAMPA BAY 10
    DUE UP FOR KANSAS CITY: D DEJESUS (.262, 2-FOR-4)

    Royals 4, Rays 10  Top 9, 0 OutsAug 3 3:24 PM


  • AL
    AT TAMPA BAY - SCORING UPDATE
    TRIPLE BY JASON BARTLETT SCORED GABE KAPLER AND MICHEL
    HERNANDEZ
    SITUATION: 4 RUNS IN, J BARTLETT ON THIRD, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: KANSAS CITY 3
    TAMPA BAY 10 BOTTOM,7TH
    DUE UP FOR TAMPA BAY: C CRAWFORD (.318, 3-FOR-4, 3 RBI)

    Royals 3, Rays 10  Bot 7, 0 OutsAug 3 2:59 PM


  • AL
    AT TAMPA BAY - SCORING UPDATE
    TRIPLE BY MICHEL HERNANDEZ SCORED GABE GROSS
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, M HERNANDEZ ON THIRD, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: KANSAS CITY 3
    TAMPA BAY 8 BOTTOM,7TH
    DUE UP FOR TAMPA BAY: G KAPLER (.250, 1-FOR-3)

    Royals 3, Rays 8  Bot 7, 0 OutsAug 3 2:56 PM


  • AL
    AT TAMPA BAY - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY WILLY AYBAR (10) TO LEFT WITH 1 OUT IN THE
    7TH OFF RON MAHAY.
    CURRENT SCORE: KANSAS CITY 3, TAMPA BAY 7
    DUE UP FOR TAMPA BAY: G GROSS (.268, 1-FOR-3)

    Royals 3, Rays 7  Bot 7, 0 OutsAug 3 2:50 PM


  • AL
    AT TAMPA BAY - SCORING UPDATE
    SACRIFICE FLY BY BILLY BUTLER SCORED RYAN FREEL
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, W BLOOMQUIST ON FIRST, D DEJESUS ON SECOND, 2 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: KANSAS CITY 3
    TAMPA BAY 6 TOP,7TH
    DUE UP FOR KANSAS CITY: M TEAHEN (.288, 1-FOR-2, HBP)

    Royals 3, Rays 6  Top 7, 0 OutsAug 3 2:41 PM


  • AL
    AT TAMPA BAY - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY JOHN BUCK SCORED MARK TEAHEN
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, J BUCK ON SECOND, 2 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: KANSAS CITY 2
    TAMPA BAY 6 TOP,6TH
    DUE UP FOR KANSAS CITY: M OLIVO (.240, 2-FOR-2, RBI)

    Royals 2, Rays 6  Top 6, 0 OutsAug 3 2:11 PM


  • AL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    KANSAS CITY 0 1 0 0 0 1 5 1
    TAMPA BAY 2 2 0 1 1 6 10 0 (TOP 6)


    CURRENT PITCHERS: KAN - ZACK GREINKE
    TAM - SCOTT KAZMIR

    DUE UP FOR KANSAS CITY: B BUTLER (.285, 0-FOR-2)
    M TEAHEN (.288, 1-FOR-2)
    A CALLASPO (.296, 0-FOR-2)

    Royals 1, Rays 6  Top 6, 0 OutsAug 3 2:03 PM


  • AL
    AT TAMPA BAY - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY CARL CRAWFORD SCORED JASON BARTLETT
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, C CRAWFORD ON FIRST, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: KANSAS CITY 1
    TAMPA BAY 5 BOTTOM,4TH
    DUE UP FOR TAMPA BAY: E LONGORIA (.275, 0-FOR-2)

    Royals 1, Rays 5  Bot 4, 0 OutsAug 3 1:27 PM


  • AL
    AT TAMPA BAY - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY CARL CRAWFORD SCORED GABE KAPLER AND MICHEL
    HERNANDEZ
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, C CRAWFORD ON SECOND, J BARTLETT ON THIRD, 0 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: KANSAS CITY 1
    TAMPA BAY 4 BOTTOM,2ND
    DUE UP FOR TAMPA BAY: E LONGORIA (.276, 0-FOR-1)

    Royals 1, Rays 4  Bot 2, 0 OutsAug 3 12:54 PM


  • AL
    AT TAMPA BAY - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY MIGUEL OLIVO SCORED MARK TEAHEN
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, M OLIVO ON FIRST, 2 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: KANSAS CITY 1
    TAMPA BAY 2 TOP,2ND
    DUE UP FOR KANSAS CITY: R FREEL (.228, 0 HR, 4 RBI)

    Royals 1, Rays 2  Top 2, 0 OutsAug 3 12:43 PM


  • AL
    AT TAMPA BAY - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY CARLOS PENA SCORED CARL CRAWFORD AND JASON
    BARTLETT
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, C PENA ON FIRST, B ZOBRIST ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: KANSAS CITY 0
    TAMPA BAY 2 BOTTOM,1ST
    DUE UP FOR TAMPA BAY: W AYBAR (.279, 8 HR, 28 RBI)

    Royals 0, Rays 2  Bot 1, 0 OutsAug 3 12:28 PM