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Alex Gordon of the Royals reacts after his first-inning double broke his 0-for-37 streak during Monday’s game against the Rays in St. Petersburg, Fla.

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Kotchman homers in 9th to lift Rays over Royals

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Casey Kotchman led off the ninth inning with a home run to lift the Tampa Bay Rays to a 2-1 win over the Kansas City Royals on Monday night. Kotchman drove the first pitch from Blake Wood (5-1) over the center field fence. He also knocked in the other Tampa Bay run with a run-scoring single that tied it in the seventh. Rays closer Kyle Farnsworth (4-1) pitched a perfect ninth to earn the win. Luke Hochevar allowed one run and five hits over seven innings for the Royals. The right-hander, who had won his previous three starts, had seven strikeouts and two walks.

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