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Rays Notes: Homestand Rougher Than Hoped
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ST. PETERSBURG - Sunday's game was decided by a matchup that Rays manager Joe Maddon believed was tilted heavily toward the home team. The Rays and Royals were tied 2-2 in the sixth when Roberto Hernandez yielded a two-out double to former Tampa Bay infielder Elliot Johnson. Maddon ordered an intentional walk to Jeff Francoeur, preferring to pitch to No.?9 hitter Alcides Escobar, but the move backfired when Escobar lined a single for one of his three hits on the afternoon. Alex Gordon followed with another RBI single and Gordon added an eighth-inning sacrifice fly as the Royals won 5-3 to clinch their first series victory at Tropicana Field since 2004.

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