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8 - 0 Final
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Three combine for shutout for Tampa Bay

Aug 11, 2010 - 3:19 AM DETROIT(AP) -- Jeremy Hellickson is making pitching in the majors look easy.

He and two other Tampa Bay pitchers combined on a four-hitter and the Rays beat the Detroit Tigers 8-0 on Tuesday night.

Hellickson (2-0), making his second major league start and appearance after being recalled Monday night from Triple-A Durham for the second time this month, gave up three hits and struck out seven without walking a batter over seven innings.

"For a kid who has made only two starts, he knows how to pitch," Detroit's Johnny Damon said. "He's in the majors to stay."

Hellickson has a 1.29 ERA, allowed two walks against 13 strikeouts and has given up only six hits in 14 innings in the majors.

Joaquin Benoit pitched the eighth and Mike Ekstrom the ninth.

After allowing Austin Jackson's single to lead off the game, Hellickson retired 18 straight batters and faced the minimum through six innings. Damon flied out after Jackson's hit and Brennan Boesch hit into a double play to end the inning.

"I felt really good," Hellickson said. "As long as I can throw my curveball for a strike, I feel I can be successful."

He struck out six of eight batters during a span from the second through fifth innings.

"His third pitch was his curveball and he dropped it in for strikes," Rays catcher John Jaso said. "And he was getting swings and misses with it."

Hellickson's first two pitches were his fastball and changeup.

Damon's one-out single in the seventh broke Hellickson's streak. Boesch followed with a single, but Hellickson induced Miguel Cabrera to hit into a double play to get out of the jam.

Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon said Hellickson always stays calm.

"He's able to control his emotions," Maddon said. "... That's been a big part of his success."

Max Scherzer (7-9), the opposing pitcher when the Rays' Matt Garza no-hit the Tigers in Tampa Bay on July 26, gave up one earned run and four hits in seven innings, walking four and striking out two.

Detroit is 6-21 since the All-Star Break. The Tigers are particularly struggling at the plate.

"We're pressing offensively ... hard to believe," Detroit manager Jim Leyland said sarcastically. "It's more like an over-effort. We've just got to get some offense going."

Jackson had two of the Tigers' four hits.

Tampa Bay got its first two runs on Detroit miscues. The Rays took a 1-0 lead in the fifth when Ryan Raburn bobbled Jason Bartlett's double to left-center field to allow Dan Johnson to score from first with one out.

Scherzer's wild pitch made it 2-0 in the seventh as Johnson, who had walked and advanced on two groundouts, scored from third.

Evan Longoria added an RBI double in the eighth. Jaso hit a run-scoring double, Ben Zobrist a sacrifice fly and Willy Aybar, Johnson and B.J. Upton walked with the bases loaded in the ninth.

NOTES: Maddon talked about using C Jaso as the team's leadoff man. Jaso, the first Rays C to ever bat leadoff, led off for the 19th time on Tuesday night. "He works good at-bats, he gets on base, he's a good baserunner ... he's going to make good reads," Maddon said. ... Maddon said 1B Carlos Pena, on the 15-day DL with a right plantar fascia sprain, looked good during a workout on the field before Tuesday night's game. ... Rays 1B Johnson walked four times. ... Detroit fans gave their largest cheer of the night when reliever Enrique Gonzalez, who threw seven straight balls when he entered the game with the bases loaded in the ninth, threw a strike to Upton on a 3-0 pitch. Gonzalez then walked Upton to force in another run. ... Tigers 3B Brandon Inge was 0 for 3 and is in a 0-for-21 skid.






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    Rays 8, Tigers 0  FinalAug 14 9:48 PM


  • Tigers 0, Rays 8 - FINAL
    TAMPA BAY ab r h rbi bb so lob avg
    J Jaso c 5 1 1 1 0 0 3 .272
    B Zobrist 2b 4 0 0 1 0 1 3 .262
    C Crawford lf 4 2 1 0 1 0 0 .297
    E Longoria 3b 5 0 2 1 0 1 2 .288
    M Joyce rf 3 1 1 0 2 1 1 .211
    W Aybar dh 3 0 0 1 2 0 3 .245
    D Johnson 1

    Aug 10 9:56 PM


  • AL
    AT DETROIT - SCORING UPDATE
    BASES LOADED WALK TO B.J. UPTON SCORED MATT JOYCE
    SITUATION: 5 RUNS IN, B UPTON ON FIRST, D JOHNSON ON SECOND, W
    AYBAR ON THIRD, 2 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: TAMPA BAY 8
    DETROIT 0 TOP,9TH
    DUE UP FOR TAMPA BAY: J BARTLETT (.246, 3-FOR-4)

    Rays 8, Tigers 0  Top 9, 0 OutsAug 10 9:45 PM


  • AL
    AT DETROIT - SCORING UPDATE
    BASES LOADED WALK TO DAN JOHNSON SCORED CARL CRAWFORD
    SITUATION: 4 RUNS IN, D JOHNSON ON FIRST, W AYBAR ON SECOND, M
    JOYCE ON THIRD, 2 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: TAMPA BAY 7
    DETROIT 0 TOP,9TH
    DUE UP FOR TAMPA BAY: B UPTON (.233, 1-FOR-4)

    Rays 7, Tigers 0  Top 9, 0 OutsAug 10 9:42 PM


  • AL
    AT DETROIT - SCORING UPDATE
    BASES LOADED WALK TO WILLY AYBAR SCORED JOHN JASO
    SITUATION: 3 RUNS IN, W AYBAR ON FIRST, M JOYCE ON SECOND, C
    CRAWFORD ON THIRD, 2 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: TAMPA BAY 6
    DETROIT 0 TOP,9TH
    DUE UP FOR TAMPA BAY: D JOHNSON (.176, 0-FOR-1, 3 BB)

    Rays 6, Tigers 0  Top 9, 0 OutsAug 10 9:38 PM


  • AL
    AT DETROIT - SCORING UPDATE
    SACRIFICE FLY BY BEN ZOBRIST SCORED JASON BARTLETT
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, J JASO ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: TAMPA BAY 5
    DETROIT 0 TOP,9TH
    DUE UP FOR TAMPA BAY: C CRAWFORD (.297, 1-FOR-4)

    Rays 5, Tigers 0  Top 9, 0 OutsAug 10 9:31 PM


  • AL
    AT DETROIT - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY JOHN JASO SCORED B.J. UPTON
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, J JASO ON SECOND, J BARTLETT ON THIRD, 0 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: TAMPA BAY 4
    DETROIT 0 TOP,9TH
    DUE UP FOR TAMPA BAY: B ZOBRIST (.262, 0-FOR-4)

    Rays 4, Tigers 0  Top 9, 0 OutsAug 10 9:29 PM


  • AL
    AT DETROIT - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY EVAN LONGORIA SCORED CARL CRAWFORD
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, E LONGORIA ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: TAMPA BAY 3
    DETROIT 0 TOP,8TH
    DUE UP FOR TAMPA BAY: M JOYCE (.213, 1-FOR-2, BB)

    Rays 3, Tigers 0  Top 8, 0 OutsAug 10 9:06 PM


  • AL
    AT DETROIT - SCORING UPDATE
    WILD PITCH BY MAX SCHERZER ALLOWED DAN JOHNSON TO SCORE.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, NONE ON, 2 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: TAMPA BAY 2
    DETROIT 0 TOP,7TH
    DUE UP FOR TAMPA BAY: J JASO (.270, 0-FOR-3)

    Rays 2, Tigers 0  Top 7, 0 OutsAug 10 8:51 PM


  • AL
    AT DETROIT - SCORING UPDATE
    ERROR BY RYAN RABURN ALLOWED DAN JOHNSON TO SCORE.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, J BARTLETT ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: TAMPA BAY 1
    DETROIT 0 TOP,5TH
    DUE UP FOR TAMPA BAY: J JASO (.272, 0-FOR-2)

    Rays 1, Tigers 0  Top 5, 0 OutsAug 10 8:20 PM
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