Final

Series: Game 3 of 3

Kansas City won 2-1

Game 1: Friday, August 1
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Kansas City6
Game 2: Saturday, August 2
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Game 3: Sunday, August 3
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Devil Rays 0

(41-68, 19-37 away)

Royals 2

(59-50, 31-27 home)

    2:05 PM ET, August 3, 2003

    Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri 

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    W: J. Gobble (1-0)

    L: G. Gonzalez (4-5)

    S: J. Affeldt (1)

    Rookie pitches shutout into the seventh

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Jimmy Gobble pitched into the seventh inning in his major league debut, and Aaron Guiel hit an inside-the-park homer as the Kansas City Royals beat the Tampa Bay Devil Rays 2-0 Sunday.

    Guiel hit Kansas City's second inside-the-park shot of the series, and Joe Randa was 2-for-4 with a home run as the Royals stayed atop the AL Central despite managing only four hits.

    Angel Berroa hit an inside-the-park homer Friday in a 9-6 loss.

    Gobble (1-0), called up from Double-A Wichita on Saturday, gave up six hits in six-plus innings with three strikeouts and one walk. He was replaced by Curtis Leskanic after giving up a leadoff double to Damian Rolls.

    Leskanic got out of the seventh, and Jeremy Affeldt struck out three in two perfect innings for his first career save.

    The six-hitter was Kansas City's fifth shutout of the season. Tampa Bay has been blanked eight times.

    Gobble is the eighth Royals pitcher to win his major league debut and the first since Glendon Rusch on April 6, 1997.

    Jeremi Gonzalez (4-5) took the complete-game loss for Tampa Bay despite retiring 15 batters in a row between Randa's third-inning single and Brent Mayne's one-out single in the eighth.

    Gonzalez struck out three and walked one in his third career complete game and first since 1998 with the Chicago Cubs.

    Gobble's toughest challenge came when Jared Sandberg and Julio Lugo opened the Devil Rays' third with back-to-back singles. Gobble got Carl Crawford to ground into a fielder's choice, advancing Sandberg to third, then struck out Antonio Perez and Rocco Baldelli.

    The last pitch to Baldelli was the most impressive of the day. With the count 2-2 and Crawford running from first, Gobble froze Baldelli with a breaking ball at the knees.

    Gobble also had runners in scoring position in the fifth and sixth, both times with two outs.

    Randa homered with one out in the first inning, and Guiel made it 2-0 with one out in the third when his line drive hit the wall in the right-field corner and skipped past Rolls. By the time Rolls tracked the ball down, Guiel was rounding third.

    Game notes


    Kansas City's three inside-the-park homers this season are its most since hitting four in 1992. The club record is seven in 1979. ... Baldelli went 0-for-4, snapping a 10-game hitting streak. ... Crawford stole two bases, giving him sole possession of the AL lead and the Devil Rays' single-season record with 33. He had been tied with Jason Tyner (31 steals in 2001). ... Kansas City is 37-0 this season when holding opponents to three or fewer runs.

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