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Howell, Rays rip Royals
Devil Rays 5, Royals 1
B.J. Upton scores on Carl Crawford's double in the Rays' 5-1 win on Sunday.  (Steve Nesius/AP)
Making his first start of 2007, J.P. Howell gave the Rays a solid start, allowing just one run on five hits in eight innings, while striking out seven, to earn his first win since September 2006. The Rays' offense was paced by B.J. Upton, who went 2-for-3.
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Series at a glance:
KC
Kansas City (21-36)
Lost 1
Tampa Bay 5, Kansas City 1   TB
Tampa Bay (23-31)
Won 1
June 3, 2007
   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   R   H   E 
Kansas City
0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0   1 5 1
Tampa Bay
0 0 1 1 0 2 0 1 X   5 8 1
Standings thru 6/3/07  |  Gameday  |  Royals Stats  |  Devil Rays Stats
Kansas CityABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
German, 3B4010001.273
DeJesus, CF4000002.257
Grudzielanek, 2B4010011.269
Sweeney, DH4010001.242
Teahen, RF4000023.277
Brown, LF4010011.226
Shealy, 1B4000034.223
Pena, SS3000003.266
LaRue, C2111010.136
Totals331510816 

BATTING
2B: Sweeney (8, Howell).
HR: LaRue (2, 5th inning off Howell, 0 on, 0 out).
TB: German; Grudzielanek; Sweeney 2; Brown; LaRue 4.
RBI: LaRue (4).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Shealy; Pena 2; Sweeney.
Team LOB: 6.

BASERUNNING
SB: German (5, 2nd base off Howell/Navarro).

FIELDING
E: LaRue (1, catcher interference).

 
Tampa BayABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Dukes, CF4000011.212
Upton, 2B3120000.318
Crawford, LF3011001.296
Norton, DH4000004.167
Pena, 1B4221003.297
Wigginton, 3B4000001.242
Young, RF4111001.249
Navarro, C3111100.185
Harris, SS3011001.304
Totals325851112 

BATTING
2B: Upton 2 (14, Elarton, Elarton), Crawford (13, Elarton).
3B: Navarro (2, Elarton).
HR: Young (7, 4th inning off Elarton, 0 on, 1 out), Pena (11, 8th inning off Braun, 0 on, 0 out).
TB: Upton 4; Crawford 2; Pena 5; Young 4; Navarro 3; Harris.
RBI: Crawford (31), Young (28), Navarro (10), Harris (18), Pena (29).
2-out RBI: Navarro; Harris.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Pena 2; Norton; Dukes.
Team LOB: 6.

BASERUNNING
SB: Upton (11, 2nd base off Elarton/LaRue), Harris (2, 2nd base off Peralta/LaRue).

FIELDING
E: Upton (11, throw).

 
Kansas CityIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Elarton (L, 1-2)5.26441017.36
Peralta 0.11000104.37
Braun 2.01110017.42
 
Tampa BayIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Howell (W, 1-0)8.05110711.13
Reyes 1.00000102.19

HBP: Upton (by Elarton), LaRue (by Howell).
Pitches-strikes: Elarton 84-56, Peralta 8-5, Braun 25-15, Howell 100-63, Reyes 17-9.
Ground outs-fly outs: Elarton 7-10, Peralta 0-0, Braun 4-2, Howell 12-5, Reyes 1-1.
Batters faced: Elarton 26, Peralta 2, Braun 7, Howell 31, Reyes 3.
Inherited runners-scored: Peralta 1-1.
Umpires: HP: Joe West. 1B: Ed Rapuano. 2B: Ed Hickox. 3B: CB Bucknor.
Weather: 72 degrees, dome.
Wind: Indoors.
T: 2:26.
Att: 12,220.

Box score official statistics approved by Major League Baseball Office of the Commissioner
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