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posted: 6/27/2012 4:40 PM

Royals hit three home runs, top Rays 5-4 for sweep

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  • The Tampa Bay Rays' Ben Zobrist, bottom, is tagged out by Kansas City Royals catcher Salvador Perez while trying to score Wednesday during the second inning in Kansas City, Mo.

      The Tampa Bay Rays' Ben Zobrist, bottom, is tagged out by Kansas City Royals catcher Salvador Perez while trying to score Wednesday during the second inning in Kansas City, Mo.
    Associated Press

 
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Billy Butler greeted reliever Burke Badenhop with a solo home run in the eighth inning, powering Kansas City to a 5-4 victory on a scorching Wednesday afternoon and a three-game sweep of the Tampa Bay Rays.

Mike Moustakas and Alcides Escobar also homered for the Royals, who got their first three-game home sweep of the Rays since 2001.

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Aaron Crow (1-1), the fifth Royals pitcher, was the winner after getting two outs in the eighth and Jonathan Broxton pitched the ninth for his 19th save in 22 opportunities.

Badenhop (1-2) recorded only one out after starter Matt Moore labored through 7 1-3 innings, giving up 10 hits and four runs.

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