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Sorrento, D'Rays Edge Royals


In a game filled with mistakes, Paul Sorrento took advantage.

Sorrento went 4-for-4, including a three-run homer, and the Tampa Bay Devil Rays beat the Kansas City Royals 7-6 Thursday night.

Sorrento drove in four runs and scored twice as Tampa Bay won for the second time in 10 road games. Kansas City has lost three in a row.

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  • "I got some mistakes and I happened to hit them. The home-run pitch was a slider that caught the inner half of the plate," Sorrento said. "I got a good part of the bat on it and got it up in the wind."

    The game included four errors, three by the Royals, and baserunning blunders on both sides.

    "This was just a sloppy game all around," Tampa Bay manager Larry Rothschild said.

    Rothschild was a little bit happier with the performance of Sorrento.

    "He came up big. He's really been swinging the bat well. He's driven in some runs for us recently. He was the biggest part of the offense on a night when unfortunately we needed it."

    Sorrento's heroics may not have been enough if it were not for a crucial slipup by Joe Randa. With no outs in the sixth and Randa on first, Jeremy Giambi singled to center and Randa was thrown out at third by Dave Martinez.

    "That was a big mistake," Royals manager Tony Muser said. "If you go, you better make it. Being three runs down, it's not a good move. We give up three-run homers, make baserunning mistakes, can't convert double play balls, it's not conducive to winning."

    Mike Sweeney had an RBI singlin the fifth that extended his hitting streak to 24 games, six short of the Royals record held by George Brett.

    Bobby Witt (7-8) pitched six innings for the win. Roberto Hernandez worked the ninth for his 32nd save in 35 chances.

    Sorrento broke a 3-3 tie in the sixth with his 10th home run. Dave Martinez singled with one out and Jose Guillen reached when his potential double-play grounder went through second baseman Carlos Febles for his second error of the game.

    Sorrento's home run was the Devil Rays' 112th of the season. They hit 111 last year in their expansion season.

    Febles hit a two-run triple in eighth as the Royals scored three unearned runs to make it 7-6.

    Royals starter Dan Reichert (1-1) gave up six runs on eight hits in six innings. He opened the game throwing eight straight balls, walking Miguel Cairo and Wade Boggs, and John Flaherty hit an RBI single.

    The Royals scored twice in the third. After two walks, Johnny Damon hit an RBI single and Rey Sanchez had a sacrifice fly.

    In the Tampa Bay fourth, Sorrento had an RBI single and another run scored on a a double-play grounder.

    Notes

  • Sorrento has hit at least 10 home runs for eight straight seasons.
  • Febles' triple was the Royals' 30th, most in the American League.
  • Sweeney is hitting .408 (40-for-98) during his streak with 10 doubles, a triple, six home runs and 25 RBIs.
  • Sanchez extended his hitting streak to 11 games, tying a career high.
  • Tampa Bay's Jose Canseco, on the disabled list since undergoing back surgery July 10, began taking batting practice on Wednesday. He did not accompany the Devil Rays on the road trip.

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