KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Tampa Bay manager Hal McRae did know how
to explain the Devil Rays' power surge.
Jared Sandberg hit two of light-hitting Tampa Bay's club-record
six home runs Saturday night in a 13-6 win over the Kansas City
Tampa Bay hit five home runs on April 22, 2000, against Anaheim
in a 10-inning game.
"Don't try to identify it, just enjoy it,'' McRae said of the
six home runs. "The boys had on their hitting shoes tonight. We
continued to score, which was the key to the ball game, because it
looked like it was going to be a high-scoring game.''
The 13 runs were a season high for Tampa Bay. Every Devil Rays
starter except Jason Conti had a hit and scored a run.
Rookie Shawn Sedlacek gave up four of the homers in three
innings, tying a Royals' record for home runs allowed in a game.
It was the seventh time in Royals' history that a pitcher has
surrendered four home runs and the first since Jeff Suppan on April
1, against Minnesota.
Nine of the 19 batters Sedlacek (2-3) faced scored on eight hits
and two walks. His ERA rose to 5.77 from 4.61 before being replaced
by Blake Stein after three innings.
"I didn't stick to my game plan,'' Sedlacek said. "I left a
few pitches up. I kept battling myself, and I think I just worked
against myself. I feel just as strong now as I have all year, if
not stronger. I don't know if I tried to do too much or if I just
worked against myself.''
"I just try to hit line drives and if it goes over the fence
that's a plus,'' Crawford said. "I was running hard. I didn't even
know it was a home run.''
Crawford, a Devil Rays draft pick in 1999, could have been the
starting quarterback at Nebraska this fall, succeeding Heisman
Trophy winner Eric Crouch. He signed with the Cornhuskers out of
high school as one of the top option quarterbacks in the country,
but chose baseball after the Devil Rays selected him in the second
round in 1999.
"This would have been my year,'' Crawford said if he went to
Sheets, who has homered in back-to-back games, hit a 1-1 pitch
from Sedlacek to center in the third with Toby Hall and Grieve on
base to put the Devil Rays up 9-3.
Sandberg led off the third with his 14th home run and hit a
two-run homer in the ninth off Ryan Bukvich. Twelve of Sandberg's
past 20 hits are for extra-bases, including eight home runs.
"I don't think of myself as a power hitter,'' Sandberg said.
"I'm trying to hit line drives. I'm not going to call myself a
Huff, who matched a career high with four hits, homered with two
outs in the first. Huff has a career-high eight-game hitting streak
with three home runs and nine RBI.
"I've felt pretty good all year at the plate,'' Huff said. "I
think the key for me is being more patient, getting in a hitter's
count, laying off offspeed pitches. I'm getting in 3-1, 2-1 counts.
Last year, too often I would chase the first pitch in the dirt and
Cox led off the seventh with his 14th home run off Scott Mullen.
Victor Zambrano (5-4) picked up the victory in his second career
start. He went five innings, allowing five runs on seven hits.
Wilson Alvarez worked the final four innings for his second
career save. His first was April 7, 1992, against the California
Angels while with the Chicago White Sox. He made 249 appearances
In the fifth, Joe Randa drove in his first run since July 21, a
span of 18 games with no RBI.
The Royals lead the majors in home runs allowed, 152. The
six home runs allowed tied a Kansas City club record, set three
times previously. ... The Royals are hopeful 1B Mike Sweeney will
return to the lineup by Tuesday. Sweeney, who is on a
rehabilitation assignment with Triple-A Omaha, has been out since
July 13 with a lower back and left hip strain. ... OF Randy Winn,
who is hitless in three straight games for the first time since May
15-19, was held out of the lineup Saturday. His .310 batting
average ranks seventh in the American League.
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