Longoria, Niemann power Rays past BrewersJun 21, 2011 - 5:26 AM
Longoria finished with four RBI while B.J. Upton drove in two for the Rays, who have won four straight.
Niemann (2-4) gave up just four hits and three walks with five strikeouts while pitching for the first time since May 4. He was on the disabled list with a lower back strain.
"Every starting pitcher has been giving us a chance to win and that's big for our offense," Longoria said. "I had complete confidence that (Niemann) was going to comeback the way he did. You come to the ballpark and you expect to win everyday."
Yuniesky Betancourt drove in two, Jonathan Lucroy hit a solo home run and Prince Fielder plated the other run for the Brewers, who have lost four of five and six of eight. Chris Narveson (4-5) was tagged for four runs on five hits with three walks and six strikeouts over 6 2/3 innings.
"I'm alarmed that some of our starters have been giving up these kinds of numbers early in games," said Milwaukee manager Ron Roenicke. "I shouldn't say alarmed, I should say surprised."
The Rays jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first inning when Upton grounded into a fielder's choice that saw Johnny Damon score.
The score remained that way until the seventh inning when the Rays surged ahead. Justin Ruggiano got the scoring started when he doubled home Kelly Shoppach, who led off with a walk and moved to second on a sac bunt. Ben Zobrist later doubled home Ruggiano and came home himself on an RBI single from Longoria. Upton then made it a 5-0 game with an RBI single of his own.
Lucroy got the Brewers on the board in the bottom of the seventh with a leadoff home run, his seventh of the season.
Longoria got that run back and two more in the eighth when he laced a shot over the left field wall with two men on for an 8-1 lead.
Milwaukee chipped away in the bottom of the eighth on a two-run single from Betancourt. The Brewers had runners on first and second with one out, but Lucroy flied out and Kyle Farnsworth struck out Craig Counsell to end the frame.
Farnsworth gave up a one-out double to Nyjer Morgan in the ninth and Fielder later doubled him home, but he got Casey McGehee to fly out to left to end the game.
The last time these teams met was in 2005 when the Rays took two of three from Milwaukee in Tampa Bay...Jeremy Hellickson pitches for Tampa on Tuesday while Zack Greinke goes for Milwaukee...Milwaukee batting coach Dale Sveum and Roenicke were thrown out in the sixth inning by home plate umpire Bob Davidson for arguing.
- TAMPA BAY: 8
Jun 20 11:49 PM
- Prince Fielder single to left scored Nyjer Morgan with two out. Runner on first and Casey McGehee due up.
Rays 8, Brewers 4 Bot 9, 2 OutsJun 20 11:47 PM
- Yuniesky Betancourt single to left scored Corey Hart and Prince Fielder with one out. On the play, Casey McGehee advances to second. Runners on first and second and Jonathan Lucroy due up.
Rays 8, Brewers 3 Bot 8, 1 OutJun 20 11:12 PM
- Evan Longoria two-out, three-run Home Run (6) to left scored Sam Fuld and Ben Zobrist. B.J. Upton due up.
Rays 8, Brewers 1 Top 8, 2 OutsJun 20 10:47 PM
- Jonathan Lucroy lead-off Home Run (7) to center. Tim Dillard due up.
Rays 5, Brewers 1 Bot 7, 0 OutsJun 20 10:29 PM
- B.J. Upton single to right scored Evan Longoria with two out. Runner on first and Sean Rodriguez due up.
Rays 5, Brewers 0 Top 7, 2 OutsJun 20 10:21 PM
- Evan Longoria single to center scored Ben Zobrist with two out. Runner on first and B.J. Upton due up.
Rays 4, Brewers 0 Top 7, 2 OutsJun 20 10:18 PM
- Ben Zobrist double to center scored Justin Ruggiano with two out. Runner on second and Evan Longoria due up.
Rays 3, Brewers 0 Top 7, 2 OutsJun 20 10:14 PM
- Pinch-Hitter Justin Ruggiano double to left scored Kelly Shoppach with none out. Runner on second and Johnny Damon due up.
Rays 2, Brewers 0 Top 7, 1 OutJun 20 10:10 PM
- B.J. Upton grounded into a fielder's choice, third to second scoring Johnny Damon with two out. Ben Zobrist out at second. Runner on first and Sean Rodriguez due up.
Rays 1, Brewers 0 Top 1, 2 OutsJun 20 8:18 PM
- TAMPA BAY: 0
Top 1, 0 Outs
Jun 20 8:10 PM
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