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Young's walk-off homer leads Devil Rays to first sweep

May 18, 2007 - 5:51 AM ORLANDO, Florida (Ticker) -- Rookie Delmon Young doubled up to help the Tampa Bay Devil Rays continue their magic in Orlando.

Young hit a walk-off homer in the 10th - his second of the game - and drove in five runs as the Devil Rays posted an 8-6 victory over the Texas Rangers on Thursday to complete their first three-game sweep of the season.

After Carlos Pena grounded out to start the inning, Brendan Harris drew a walk against Willie Eyre (1-2), setting the stage for Young.

Young, who recorded the first two-homer game of his career, finished off a stellar series in which he hit .500 (6-for-12) with eight RBI by blasting a 2-2 pitch just over the wall in right field for his sixth home run of the season.

Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon was happy to see Young go to the opposite field.

"Primarily, he is hitting the ball to right field again," Maddon said. "He's working to get batter at-bats and see more pitches. I think those are the two main things."

Prior to this contest, he had not homered since April 25 and was just 2-for-23 coming into this series.

"I just fixed my swing," Young said. "It just feels a lot better. I haven't been trying to hit the ball the other way, I've just fixed my swing."

His first blast - a three-run shot in the fourth off Texas starter Kameron Loe - provided a 5-3 lead.

Gary Glover (1-2) pitched a scoreless 10th to pick up the win for the Devil Rays, who got four scoreless innings from the their bullpen and have won all three games played at the Walt Disney Wide World of Sports complex.

"When we came over here originally, driving over I was concerned and wondering how this was going to be," Maddon said. "As soon as I got out there and saw the facility and the fans, there was a buzz about the place. I had a good vibe about this. We played well, the fans were great and the atmosphere setting, the whole thing worked."

Carl Crawford had two hits and an RBI for the Devil Rays, who have won a season-high four straight games for the first time since May 18-21 of last season.

"It makes the clubhouse a bit easier to come to every day," Young said of their recent success. "After the road trip where we were losing every game, it just didn't feel right coming in there."

Mark Teixeira went 2-for-2 with three walks and three RBI for the Rangers, who were just 2-for-18 with runners in scoring position and have lost eight of their last 10.

"I thought we played a (heck) of a game," Texas manager Ron Washington said. "They busted their butts out there I feel for these guys out there. We had opportunities, we just didn't cash in on them."

Texas scored two runs in the sixth and another in the seventh to wipe out a 6-3 deficit. The Rangers took advantage of a pair of errors to score twice in the second.

With one out, rookie Kevin Mahar - who later doubled off Scott Kazmir for his first major league hit - reached on an error by third baseman Josh Wilson. Matt Kata, who was playing for starting third baseman Hank Blalock (shoulder), also reached on an error by Harris at shortstop.

One out later, Teixeira followed with a two-run single up the middle to pull Texas within one run.

Texas tied the game at 6-6 when Victor Diaz led off the seventh by hitting a first-pitch slider from reliever Chad Orvella over the left field wall.

Meanwhile, Young's first homer bailed out Kazmir, who displayed brilliance as well as youth in four shaky innings. The 23-year-old lefthander struck out nine but walked a career-high six. He allowed three runs - one earned - and four hits in four innings and left with a 5-3 lead.

Holding a 2-0 lead, Kazmir walked three in the fourth and allowed the Rangers to take a 3-2 lead despite getting only one hit - an RBI single from Mahar. Kazmir departed after just four innings and 109 pitches.








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    FINAL 10
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
    - - - - - - - - -
    TEXAS 0 0 0 3 0 2 1 0 0
    TAMPA BAY 0 0 2 3 1 0 0 0 0
    10 R H E
    -- - - -
    TEXAS 0 6 8 1
    TAMPA BAY 2 8 14 3 (FINAL 10)

    BATTERIES: TEX

    May 17 11:26 PM


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    AT TAMPA BAY - SCORING UPDATE
    TWO-RUN HOME RUN BY DELMON YOUNG (6) TO RIGHT WITH 1 OUT IN
    THE 10TH OFF WILLIE EYRE SCORED BRENDAN HARRIS.
    FINAL SCORE: TAMPA BAY 8, TEXAS 6

    Rangers vs. RaysMay 17 11:26 PM
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    AT TAMPA BAY - MID INNING UPDATE
    PLAY: G Glover relieved Al Reyes.
    SITUATION: 0 RUNS IN, NONE ON, 0 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: TEXAS 6
    TAMPA BAY 6 TOP, 10TH
    DUE UP FOR TEXAS: M Kata (.245, 0-FOR-5)

    May 17 11:02 PM


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    AT TAMPA BAY - PITCHING CHANGE
    TAM: GARY GLOVER (0-2, 7.02) STARTING THE 10TH
    CURRENT SCORE: TEXAS 6, TAMPA BAY 6
    DUE UP FOR TEXAS: M KATA (.245, 0-FOR-5)

    May 17 11:02 PM


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    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    TEXAS 0 0 0 3 0 2 1 0 0 6 7 1
    TAMPA BAY 0 0 2 3 1 0 0 0 0 6 13 3 (TOP 10)

    CURRENT PITCHERS: TEX - AKINORI OTSUKA
    TAM - AL REYES

    DUE UP FOR TEXAS: M KATA (.245, 0-FOR-5)
    M YOUNG (.229, 0-FOR-3, 2 BB, RBI)
    M TEIXEIRA (.301, 2-FOR-2, 2 BB, SF, 3 RBI)

    May 17 11:01 PM
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    AT TAMPA BAY - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY VICTOR DIAZ (3) TO LEFT WITH 0 OUT IN THE
    7TH OFF CHAD ORVELLA.
    CURRENT SCORE: TEXAS 6, TAMPA BAY 6
    DUE UP FOR TEXAS: N CRUZ (.196, 0-FOR-2, BB)

    Rangers vs. RaysMay 17 9:46 PM


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    AT TAMPA BAY - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY MARK TEIXEIRA SCORED KEVIN MAHAR AND MATT KATA.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, M TEIXEIRA ON FIRST, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: TEXAS 5
    TAMPA BAY 6 TOP, 6TH
    DUE UP FOR TEXAS: S SOSA (.274, 1-FOR-3)

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    AT TAMPA BAY - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY CARLOS PENA SCORED CARL CRAWFORD.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, C PENA ON FIRST, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: TEXAS 3
    TAMPA BAY 6 BOTTOM, 5TH
    DUE UP FOR TAMPA BAY: B HARRIS (.355, 1-FOR-2)

    Rangers vs. RaysMay 17 9:15 PM


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    AT TAMPA BAY - SCORING UPDATE
    THREE-RUN HOME RUN BY DELMON YOUNG (5) TO LEFT WITH 0 OUT
    IN THE 4TH OFF KAMERON LOE SCORED CARLOS PENA AND BRENDAN HARRIS.
    CURRENT SCORE: TEXAS 3, TAMPA BAY 5
    DUE UP FOR TAMPA BAY: J PAUL (.256, 1-FOR-1)

    Rangers vs. RaysMay 17 8:51 PM


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    AT TAMPA BAY - SCORING UPDATE
    SACRIFICE FLY BY MARK TEIXEIRA SCORED KEVIN MAHAR.
    SITUATION: 3 RUNS IN, M YOUNG ON FIRST, M KATA ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: TEXAS 3
    TAMPA BAY 2 TOP, 4TH
    DUE UP FOR TEXAS: S SOSA (.276, 1-FOR-2)

    Rangers vs. RaysMay 17 8:39 PM


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    AT TAMPA BAY - SCORING UPDATE
    BASES LOADED WALK TO MICHAEL YOUNG SCORED IAN KINSLER.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, M YOUNG ON FIRST, M KATA ON SECOND, K MAHAR
    ON THIRD, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: TEXAS 2
    TAMPA BAY 2 TOP, 4TH
    DUE UP FOR TEXAS: M TEIXEIRA (.291, 0-FOR-0, 2 BB)

    Rangers vs. RaysMay 17 8:38 PM


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    AT TAMPA BAY - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY KEVIN MAHAR SCORED NELSON CRUZ.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, K MAHAR ON FIRST, I KINSLER ON THIRD, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: TEXAS 1
    TAMPA BAY 2 TOP, 4TH
    DUE UP FOR TEXAS: M KATA (.261, 0-FOR-2)

    Rangers vs. RaysMay 17 8:35 PM


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    AT TAMPA BAY - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY CARL CRAWFORD SCORED JOSH PAUL. ERROR BY IAN
    KINSLER ALLOWED JOSH WILSON TO SCORE.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, C CRAWFORD ON FIRST, B UPTON ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: TEXAS 0
    TAMPA BAY 2 BOTTOM, 3RD
    DUE UP FOR TAMPA BAY: T WIGGINTON (.250, 0-FOR-1)

    Rangers vs. RaysMay 17 8:17 PM