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Kevin Kiermaier hits homer as Rays finally beat Royals

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The Rays finally beat Kansas City, a win that left them feeling, well, like royalty.

After six straight defeats to the Royals, and being outscored 42-21, the Rays finally salvaged their final game of the year with a 3-2 win over  Kansas City, which allowed them to  come back to within two games of .500.

The Rays got a tie-breaking home run from Kevin Kiermaier, who had a strong homestand, and another from Brandon Guyer in the win. Brad Boxberger closed out the game for his 32nd save of the season.

The Rays now go on the road to Baltimore.

Kansas City threatened to tie the game, getting runners to the corners with one out in the eighth inning, before Xavier Cedeno coaxed a double-play ball to get out of the inning.

For the Rays, Nathan Karns pitched five innings, the longest stint a Rays starting pitcher has throw for the last five.

The Rays had lost 10 of their last 15 games, and five of the previous six. The Rays are now 23-23 on the season in one-run games. The Rays have played 75 games which have been decided by less than two runs, the most in the majors.

The Rays send Chris Archer (11-10) to the mound today to face Wie-Yin Chin of the Orioles.

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Gary Shelton is one of the most recognized and honored sportswriters in the history of the state. He has won the APSE's national columnist of the year twice and finished in the top 10 eight times. He was named the Florida Sportswriter of the Year six times. Gary joined SaintPetersBlog in the spring, helping to bring a sports presence to the website. Over his time in sports writing, Gary has covered 29 Super Bowls, 10 Olympics, Final Fours, Masters, Wimbledons and college national championships. He was there when the Bucs won a Super Bowl, when the Lightning won a Stanley Cup and when the Rays went to a World Series. He has seen Florida, FSU and Miami all win national championships, and he covered Bear Bryant, Bobby Bowden and Don Shula along the way. He and his wife Janet have four children: Eric, Kevin, K.C. and Tori. To contact, visit garysheltonsports@gmail.com.

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