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Matos homered, drove in three

8/10/2003

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- Julius Matos homered and drove in
three runs as the AL Central-leading Kansas City Royals beat the
Tampa Bay Devil Rays 7-3 Sunday.

Matos had a two-run single during the Royals' five-run first
inning and hit his second homer of the season in the fourth. Kansas
City has won two straight following a four-game losing streak.

Runelvys Hernandez (7-4) gave up three runs and five hits over
seven innings for the Royals. Jeremy Affeldt pitched a scoreless
eighth and Al Levine worked a perfect ninth to finish it.

Tampa Bay pitcher Jesus Colome and Kansas City's Aaron Guiel
were ejected in the ninth after Colome's first pitch went behind
the right fielder's back.

Royals manager Tony Pena pointed toward his bullpen immediately
after the pitch. The umpires got together and warned both benches.

Guiel then started walking toward the mound and both dugouts
emptied. There was pushing and shoving before order was restored.

Both teams were also warned in Saturday's game. Tampa Bay's
Victor Zambrano, who leads the AL in hit batsman, hit Mike Sweeney
with a pitch in the third. Marlon Anderson was plunked by Jimmy
Gobble's pitch in the bottom half.

Aubrey Huff drove in three runs for the Devil Rays, who are
13-11 since the All-Star break.

The Royals signed Matos as a minor league free agent during the
offseason and called him up from Triple-A Omaha for the second time
this year on Aug. 5.

Matos also made a great defensive play at third base in the
fourth. He leaped to grab a high-hopper by Rocco Baldelli, then
threw out the speedy rookie while falling to the ground.

Royals center fielder Carlos Beltran was scratched from the
starting lineup due to a hyperextended left elbow. He was hurt in
Saturday's 6-2 win over the Tampa Bay and is listed as day-to-day.

Kansas City first baseman Ken Harvey was also out of the lineup.
He strained his left pectoral muscle swinging a bat Saturday.

The Royals scored five times in the first off Jorge Sosa (4-9),
who lasted just one-third of an inning.

Raul Ibanez opened the scoring with a sacrifice fly. Desi
Relaford's RBI single and a run-scoring double by Mike DiFelice put
the Royals up by three. A two-run single by Matos ended Sosa's day.

Sosa gave up five runs and six hits. In his 13 starts, he has
allowed 18 runs in the first inning.

Chad Gaudin replaced Sosa and retired eight straight batters
until Matos homered leading off the fourth. Ibanez added an RBI
single to make it 7-0.

Huff hit a run-scoring double in the fourth and a two-run double
in the sixth.

Game notes
The Royals haven't been in first place this late in the
season since they won the AL West and the World Series in 1985. ...
Devil Rays LF Carl Crawford was back in the starting lineup one day
after spraining his right ankle running after a fly ball during
batting practice. He had the Devil Rays' first hit, a leadoff
double in the fourth. ... Tampa Bay's Lou Piniella managed his
2,570th game, moving past Miller Huggins into 23rd place on the
career list.