Rays lose in 10th
Rays batter Evan Longoria throws his batting glove in disgust after striking out with bases loaded in the bottom of the second to end the inning. Stephen J. Coddington, Times]
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- The Tampa Bay Rays' seven-game winning streak ended when John Buck and Mike Aviles hit 10th-inning homers to lead the Kansas City Royals to a 7-4 win on Monday. (view photo gallery)
Carlos Pena hit a tying solo homer off All-Star closer Joakim Soria in the ninth, but it wasn't enough for the first-place Rays, who finished a seven-game homestand at 6-1.
Billy Butler reached second to start the 10th on a throwing error by Rays third baseman Evan Longoria. Pinch runner Esteban German advanced to third on Mark Teahen's grounder. After Dan Wheeler (2-4) intentionally walked Ross Gload, Buck lined his fourth homer of the season down the left-field line. Two pitches later, Aviles homered to make it 7-3.
Soria (1-1) blew his second save in 25 chances. The right-hander also allowed Eric Hinske's solo homer in the bottom of the 10th.
Tampa Bay, with the major's best record at 55-33, lost for the second time in the last 13 games.