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Kotchman, Ruggiano spark Rays past Cardinals 5-1

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St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Kyle McClellan delivers to the Tampa Bay Rays during the first inning of a baseball game, Saturday, July 2, 2011, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Brian Blanco) By Brian Blanco St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Kyle McClellan delivers to the Tampa Bay Rays during the first inning of a baseball game, Saturday, July 2, 2011, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Brian Blanco) By Brian Blanco
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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- Casey Kotchman drove in three runs with a double and Justin Ruggiano hit a two-run homer during a five-run sixth inning, and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the St. Louis Cardinals 5-1 on Saturday night.

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Kotchman's bases-clearing hit with two outs off Kyle McClellan (6-5) put the Rays ahead 3-1. Ruggiano followed with his fourth homer of the season to make it 5-1.

Jeff Niemann (3-4) allowed one run and nine hits in six-plus innings. The right-hander had been 0-3 with a 6.65 ERA in his previous four home starts this year.

Tampa Bay designated hitter Johnny Damon moved past Ted Williams, who had 2,654 hits, into 71st place on the all-time list with an opposite-field single to left leading off the first. Damon went 4 for 4 and has 2,658 hits overall.

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