Rays' bats quiet in 6-1 loss to Royals

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Sonny2 KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Billy Butler homered and drove in four runs, Kyle Davies picked up his first victory in more than a month and the Kansas City Royals beat the Tampa Bay Rays 6-1 Sunday to salvage a split of their four-game series.

Carl Crawford singled in B.J. Upton in the sixth, and Ron Mahay replaced Davies with no outs and runners on second and third. The left-hander struck out Carlos Pena, retired Willy Aybar on an infield popup and got pinch-hitter Jonny Gomes to fly out to left to end the inning.

Andy Sonnanstine (10-6) allowed five runs and eight hits in 6 2-3 innings for AL East-leading Tampa Bay, which began the day with a two-game lead over Boston. Sonnanstine has lost his last three starts, yielding 14 runs and 22 hits in 19 innings.

(Pictured: Andy Sonnanstine pitches during the first inning. AP photo. Click to enlarge.)

[Last modified: Monday, December 21, 2009 12:37am]

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