Kansas City 6, Tampa Bay 5

Aug. 16, 2002 at 10:21 PM
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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., Aug. 16 (UPI) -- Raul Ibanez belted a two-run homer with two out in the ninth inning Friday night as the Kansas City Royals snapped a three-game losing streak with a 6-5 victory over the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.

Ibanez smacked an 0-1 pitch from closer Esteban Yan (5-7) off the foul pole in right field. The first baseman also knotted the contest at 4-4 in the seventh with a sacrifice fly, helping to increase his career highs to 19 home runs and 80 RBI.

Joe Randa recorded his 500th career RBI with a sacrifice fly in the fourth for the Royals, who beat the Devil Rays for the third time in four meetings this season.

Rookie reliever Ryan Bukvich (1-0) struck out two in a scoreless eighth to pick up his first major league win.

Tampa Bay rookie Carl Crawford had a solo shot and a season-high three RBI and Jared Sandberg drove home two runs. But the Devil Rays slipped to 1-3 on their current six-game homestand.

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