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Upton homers, drives in 4 to lead Rays past Mets

Jun 21, 2009 - 11:51 PM By DAVE SKRETTA AP Sports Writer

NEW YORK(AP) -- Forget about the hip-hop and hard rock that reverberates through most big league clubhouses after an important win. The Tampa Bay Rays opted for something a little more fitting of a soggy Sunday.

"I can see clearly now," Johnny Nash's voice blared through a small stereo stuffed inside a locker, "the rain is gone."

B.J. Upton homered and matched a career high with four RBIs, Carl Crawford drove in a pair of runs and the Rays awoke from an offensive slumber with a 10-6 victory over the New York Mets, taking a road series twice interrupted by rain.

"When B.J. gets going, it gives guys a little more confidence," said Evan Longoria, who, like Upton, had four hits. "It was just one of those days where we felt pretty locked in."

The highest-scoring team in the majors managed only three runs in each of its last four games, but got four in the fifth inning and four more in the seventh, when Upton's two-run shot off Bobby Parnell (2-3) helped the Rays regain a lead they'd squandered an inning earlier.

"That ball was properly struck," Rays manager Joe Maddon said, adding an "Uff!" for emphasis.

Joe Nelson (2-0) won despite allowing a run for the first time in his last nine appearances, while the New York bullpen dropped to 1-7 in June.

The top three spots in the Rays order combined to go 11 for 16 with seven RBIs. A little further down, Jason Bartlett had a pair of hits and Gabe Kapler drove in two runs.

Brian Schneider hit a three-run homer and streaky David Wright added three hits for the Mets, who have won only one series this month, against last-place Washington.

"I felt that offensively we could still score on their bullpen," Mets manager Jerry Manuel said. "I was obviously wrong about that."

To make matters worse for Mets fans, a light sprinkle turned into a deluge that halted play for 34 minutes and sent them scurrying for the concourses - and in many cases the exits. That came after a 73-minute delay during a 3-1 Rays win the night before.

The Mets led 2-0 before Upton's two-run double in the fifth, and Crawford followed with a two-run single for the fifth consecutive hit off ineffective Mets starter Mike Pelfrey. He escaped the inning before getting pulled for a pinch hitter.

"If you don't execute your pitches, they're going to hurt you," Pelfrey said.

Maddon also turned to his bullpen early, yanking Jeff Niemann after four innings and 78 pitches - and with good reason. Tampa Bay relievers had allowed only two runs in their last 33 1-3 innings.

So much for that statistic.

Wright doubled into the gap in right-center leading off the sixth, and Ryan Church drew a one-out walk. Schneider followed with his second three-run homer of the series, a liner off the overhang in right that gave New York a short-lived 5-4 lead.

"It was good to get a little redemption for myself," Schneider said. "But what I'm really trying to do is just have a good at-bat."

The Rays know about hitting long balls too, getting homers from Carlos Pena and Ben Zobrist in Saturday's win. Upton provided the power this time, driving a 2-1 pitch from Parnell out to left in the seventh inning, and Longoria and Kapler drove in two more runs after that to make it 8-5.

"I just happened to put the barrel out quick enough," said Upton, whose homer was only the second to land in the second deck in left at expansive Citi Field, according to hittracker.com. Carlos Beltran also did it May 9 against Pittsburgh.

"B.J.'s home run was magnificent," Maddon said. "Again, you get that momentum coming back your way and we just worked our way through it after that."

NOTES: Plate umpire Jerry Crawford left in the second inning with lower back pain. First base umpire Scott Barry finished behind the plate. ... Mets catchers have 48 RBIs, tops among NL catchers. ... Rays LHP Scott Kazmir (right quad strain) plans to throw 85 pitches in a rehab start for Triple-A Durham on Monday. ... Mets starters John Maine (right shoulder weakness) and Oliver Perez (patella tendinitis) each plan to start in a doubleheader Monday for Class A St. Lucie.






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    FINAL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    TAMPA BAY 0 0 0 0 4 0 4 2 0 10 17 0
    NY METS 0 2 0 0 0 3 1 0 0 6 10 1 (FINAL)

    BATTERIES: TAM - JEFF NIEMANN, LANCE CORMIER (5TH), JOE NELSON (6TH), RANDY
    CHOATE (7TH), GRANT BALFOUR (7TH), J.P. HOWELL (9TH) AND
    DIONER NAVARRO
    NYM - MIKE PELFREY, BRIAN

    Jun 21 5:39 PM


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    AT NY METS - SCORING UPDATE
    SACRIFICE FLY BY GABE KAPLER SCORED CARL CRAWFORD.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, C PENA ON FIRST, E LONGORIA ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: TAMPA BAY 10
    NY METS 6 TOP, 8TH
    DUE UP FOR TAMPA BAY: J BARTLETT (.375, 2-FOR-3, BB)

    Rays 10, Mets 6  Top 8, 0 OutsJun 21 5:10 PM


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    AT NY METS - SCORING UPDATE
    BASES LOADED WALK TO CARLOS PENA SCORED B.J. UPTON.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, C PENA ON FIRST, E LONGORIA ON SECOND, C
    CRAWFORD ON THIRD, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: TAMPA BAY 9
    NY METS 6 TOP, 8TH
    DUE UP FOR TAMPA BAY: B ZOBRIST (.295, 0-FOR-4)

    Rays 9, Mets 6  Top 8, 0 OutsJun 21 5:06 PM


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    AT NY METS - SCORING UPDATE
    FIELDER'S CHOICE BY GARY SHEFFIELD SCORED DANIEL MURPHY.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, G SHEFFIELD ON FIRST, C BELTRAN ON THIRD, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: TAMPA BAY 8
    NY METS 6 BOTTOM, 7TH
    DUE UP FOR NY METS: R CHURCH (.278, 0-FOR-2, BB)

    Rays 8, Mets 6  Bot 7, 0 OutsJun 21 4:48 PM


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    AT NY METS - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY GABE KAPLER SCORED EVAN LONGORIA.
    SITUATION: 4 RUNS IN, G KAPLER ON SECOND, C PENA ON THIRD, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: TAMPA BAY 8
    NY METS 5 TOP, 7TH
    DUE UP FOR TAMPA BAY: J BARTLETT (.375, 2-FOR-3)

    Rays 8, Mets 5  Top 7, 0 OutsJun 21 3:50 PM


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    AT NY METS - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY EVAN LONGORIA SCORED CARL CRAWFORD.
    SITUATION: 3 RUNS IN, E LONGORIA ON SECOND, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: TAMPA BAY 7
    NY METS 5 TOP, 7TH
    DUE UP FOR TAMPA BAY: C PENA (.235, 0-FOR-3)

    Rays 7, Mets 5  Top 7, 0 OutsJun 21 3:40 PM


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    AT NY METS - SCORING UPDATE
    TWO-RUN HOME RUN BY B.J. UPTON (5) TO LEFT WITH 0 OUT IN
    THE 7TH OFF ROBERT PARNELL SCORED PAT BURRELL.
    CURRENT SCORE: TAMPA BAY 6, NY METS 5
    DUE UP FOR TAMPA BAY: C CRAWFORD (.302, 1-FOR-3, 2 RBI)

    Rays 6, Mets 5  Top 7, 0 OutsJun 21 3:34 PM


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    AT NY METS - SCORING UPDATE
    THREE-RUN HOME RUN BY BRIAN SCHNEIDER (2) TO RIGHT WITH 1
    OUT IN THE 6TH OFF JOE NELSON SCORED DAVID WRIGHT AND RYAN CHURCH.
    CURRENT SCORE: TAMPA BAY 4, NY METS 5
    DUE UP FOR NY METS: W VALDEZ (.227, 0-FOR-1, BB)

    Rays 4, Mets 5  Bot 6, 0 OutsJun 21 3:24 PM


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    AT NY METS - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY CARL CRAWFORD SCORED WILLY AYBAR AND B.J. UPTON.
    SITUATION: 4 RUNS IN, C CRAWFORD ON SECOND, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: TAMPA BAY 4
    NY METS 2 TOP, 5TH
    DUE UP FOR TAMPA BAY: E LONGORIA (.305, 2-FOR-2)

    Rays 4, Mets 2  Top 5, 0 OutsJun 21 2:53 PM


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    AT NY METS - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY B.J. UPTON SCORED JASON BARTLETT AND DIONER
    NAVARRO.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, B UPTON ON SECOND, W AYBAR ON THIRD, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: TAMPA BAY 2
    NY METS 2 TOP, 5TH
    DUE UP FOR TAMPA BAY: C CRAWFORD (.300, 0-FOR-2)

    Rays 2, Mets 2  Top 5, 0 OutsJun 21 2:51 PM
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    AT NY METS - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY MIKE PELFREY SCORED GARY SHEFFIELD.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, 1 LEFT ON, 3 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: TAMPA BAY 0
    NY METS 2 END BOTTOM, 2ND

    Rays 0, Mets 2  Bot 2, 0 OutsJun 21 2:07 PM


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    AT NY METS - SCORING UPDATE
    WILD PITCH BY JEFF NIEMANN ALLOWED DAVID WRIGHT TO SCORE.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, G SHEFFIELD ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: TAMPA BAY 0
    NY METS 1 BOTTOM, 2ND
    DUE UP FOR NY METS: B SCHNEIDER (.245, 0-FOR-0)

    Rays 0, Mets 1  Bot 2, 0 OutsJun 21 1:45 PM