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Burrell, Longoria power Rays past KC

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Evan Longoria and Pat Burrell hit two-run homers in consecutive innings to help the Tampa Bay Rays rally for an 8-7 win over the Kansas City Royals on Friday night.

Longoria, who missed Tuesday night's All-Star Game with an infected finger, connected against Juan Cruz (3-3) in the eighth to give the Rays the lead. Burrell's fifth homer off Jamey Wright in the seventh cut Kansas City's lead to 7-6.

Longoria and Burrell also had RBI singles for the Rays, who ended a 4-game road losing streak in the opener of a 10-day trip. Joe Nelson (3-0) pitched one inning for the win and J.P. Howell worked a perfect ninth for his seventh save in 12 opportunities.

Mike Jacobs and Mark Teahen drove in three runs apiece for the Royals.

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