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Crawford, Young lead Devil Rays past White Sox

May 27, 2007 - 11:33 PM CHICAGO (Ticker) -- Carl Crawford and B.J. Upton made sure the Tampa Bay Devil Rays didn't waste a gutsy effort from their ace on Sunday.

Crawford drove in a pair of runs and Upton had four hits and an RBI as the Devil Rays notched an 11-5 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Sunday.

Kazmir (3-2) pitched seven solid innings, surrendering four runs and eight hits in seven innings to earn the win. On a day when he did not have his best stuff, Tampa Bay 's 23-year-old ace threw 107 pitches, striking out seven and working out of jams in the first and sixth.

"As the game got deeper, (Kazmir) got better," Devil Rays manager Joe Maddon said. "I like the way he battled through today. He's keeping us in every game he pitches. He's not as sharp as he can be yet, and I'm really looking forward to that moment."

"It's real fun watching him pitch, and I think he's going to be Cy Young (winner) one day," Upton said. "This guy just comes out and continues to throw good games for us, and he keeps us in the game."

Crawford's triple in the seventh plated the go-ahead run and chased White Sox starter Javier Vazquez, and rookie Delmon Young and Upton each plated runs in the eighth to put the game away.

"We swung the bats well, kept poking at it and just got a bunch of hits," Crawford said. "That's the way we've always been. We try to come back and win the game anyway possible."

"We had a lot of opportunities to score runs, but we didn't take advantage," White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said. "We have to make better pitches and keep the ball on the ground."

Kazmir had struggled with his command recently, throwing 109 pitches and walking six in just four innings on May 17 and following it with a five-inning, 96-pitch effort on Tuesday.

"I just have to focus on what I have to do," Kazmir said. "I have to go as deep as I can in the ball games."

Vazquez (2-3) has not recorded a win since April 13 at Cleveland and has allowed 14 earned runs over his past three starts.

"I was so-so today," Vazquez said. "I lost, so (today) was not a good outing. I threw some good pitches, but we lost the game, and that's the bottom line."

The Devil Rays got on the board in the second, when Ty Wigginton hit a solo blast into the seats in left field. Vazquez ran into trouble in the third when he yielded singles to Brendan Harris and Upton, bringing the All-Star Crawford to the plate with runners on first and second with one out. Crawford doubled to deep center, plating Harris to make the advantage 2-0.

The White Sox wasted little time jumping on top in the home half of the third. After Rob Mackowiak drew a one-out walk, Tadihito Iguchi singled to right, bringing up the middle of the order. Jim Thome fouled out, but Jermaine Dye singled to bring in Mackowiak and Paul Konerko followed with a double to right, tying the score at 2-2.

Chicago took the lead when the next batter, Joe Crede, singled to right-center field to bring in Dye and Konerko for a 4-2 lead. Tampa Bay fought back in the sixth, tying the score on Carlos Pena's 10th homer of the season. The Devil Rays had lost six of their last seven games coming into Sunday's contest.

"It was a nice day offensively," Maddon said. "We had good at-bats up and down the lineup. Carlos' opposite-field home run was huge. It really brought a lot of life back into the dugout. Good at-bats against a good pitcher, and that's what I really like to see."








  • AL
    FINAL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    TAMPA BAY 0 1 1 0 0 2 1 3 3 11 15 0
    CHI WHITE SOX 0 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 1 5 11 0 (FINAL)

    BATTERIES: TAM - SCOTT KAZMIR, SHAWN CAMP (8TH), AL REYES (9TH) AND SHAWN
    RIGGANS
    CHA - JAVIER VAZQUEZ, MATT THORNTON (7TH), MIKE
    MACDOUGAL (8TH), NICK MASSET (8TH), ANDREW S

    May 27 5:28 PM


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    AT CHI WHITE SOX - SCORING UPDATE
    GROUND RULE DOUBLE BY JIM THOME SCORED ROB MACKOWIAK.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, J THOME ON SECOND, T IGUCHI ON THIRD, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: TAMPA BAY 11
    CHI WHITE SOX 5 BOTTOM, 9TH
    DUE UP FOR CHI WHITE SOX: J DYE (.235, 1-FOR-4, RBI)

    Rays vs. White SoxMay 27 5:27 PM


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    AT CHI WHITE SOX - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY BRENDAN HARRIS SCORED SHAWN RIGGANS.
    SITUATION: 3 RUNS IN, B HARRIS ON FIRST, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: TAMPA BAY 11
    CHI WHITE SOX 4 TOP, 9TH
    DUE UP FOR TAMPA BAY: E DUKES (.225, 0-FOR-4, BB)

    Rays vs. White SoxMay 27 5:10 PM


  • AL
    AT CHI WHITE SOX - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY SHAWN RIGGANS SCORED GREG NORTON AND DELMON
    YOUNG.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, S RIGGANS ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: TAMPA BAY 10
    CHI WHITE SOX 4 TOP, 9TH
    DUE UP FOR TAMPA BAY: B HARRIS (.304, 1-FOR-3, BB)

    Rays vs. White SoxMay 27 5:08 PM


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    AT CHI WHITE SOX - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY B.J. UPTON SCORED BRENDAN HARRIS.
    SITUATION: 3 RUNS IN, B UPTON ON FIRST, E DUKES ON THIRD, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: TAMPA BAY 8
    CHI WHITE SOX 4 TOP, 8TH
    DUE UP FOR TAMPA BAY: C CRAWFORD (.319, 3-FOR-4, 2 RBI)

    Rays vs. White SoxMay 27 4:49 PM


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    AT CHI WHITE SOX - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY DELMON YOUNG SCORED CARLOS PENA AND TY WIGGINTON.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, D YOUNG ON FIRST, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: TAMPA BAY 7
    CHI WHITE SOX 4 TOP, 8TH
    DUE UP FOR TAMPA BAY: S RIGGANS (.000, 0-FOR-3)

    Rays vs. White SoxMay 27 4:37 PM


  • AL
    AT CHI WHITE SOX - SCORING UPDATE
    TRIPLE BY CARL CRAWFORD SCORED B.J. UPTON.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, C CRAWFORD ON THIRD, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: TAMPA BAY 5
    CHI WHITE SOX 4 TOP, 7TH
    DUE UP FOR TAMPA BAY: G NORTON (.167, 0-FOR-2, BB)

    Rays vs. White SoxMay 27 4:14 PM


  • AL
    AT CHI WHITE SOX - SCORING UPDATE
    TWO-RUN HOME RUN BY CARLOS PENA (10) TO LEFT WITH 0 OUT IN
    THE 6TH OFF JAVIER VAZQUEZ SCORED GREG NORTON.
    CURRENT SCORE: TAMPA BAY 4, CHI WHITE SOX 4
    DUE UP FOR TAMPA BAY: T WIGGINTON (.242, 1-FOR-2, HR, RBI)

    Rays vs. White SoxMay 27 3:45 PM


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    AT CHI WHITE SOX - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY JOE CREDE SCORED JERMAINE DYE AND PAUL KONERKO.
    SITUATION: 4 RUNS IN, J CREDE ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: TAMPA BAY 2
    CHI WHITE SOX 4 BOTTOM, 3RD
    DUE UP FOR CHI WHITE SOX: T HALL (.500, 0-FOR-1)

    Rays vs. White SoxMay 27 3:11 PM


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    AT CHI WHITE SOX - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY PAUL KONERKO SCORED TADAHITO IGUCHI.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, P KONERKO ON SECOND, J DYE ON THIRD, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: TAMPA BAY 2
    CHI WHITE SOX 2 BOTTOM, 3RD
    DUE UP FOR CHI WHITE SOX: J CREDE (.223, 0-FOR-0, BB)

    Rays vs. White SoxMay 27 3:10 PM


  • AL
    AT CHI WHITE SOX - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY JERMAINE DYE SCORED ROB MACKOWIAK.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, J DYE ON FIRST, T IGUCHI ON THIRD, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: TAMPA BAY 2
    CHI WHITE SOX 1 BOTTOM, 3RD
    DUE UP FOR CHI WHITE SOX: P KONERKO (.211, 0-FOR-1)

    Rays vs. White SoxMay 27 3:08 PM


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    AT CHI WHITE SOX - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY CARL CRAWFORD SCORED BRENDAN HARRIS.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, C CRAWFORD ON SECOND, B UPTON ON THIRD, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: TAMPA BAY 2
    CHI WHITE SOX 0 TOP, 3RD
    DUE UP FOR TAMPA BAY: G NORTON (.182, 0-FOR-1)

    Rays vs. White SoxMay 27 2:49 PM


  • AL
    AT CHI WHITE SOX - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY TY WIGGINTON (10) TO LEFT WITH 1 OUT IN
    THE 2ND OFF JAVIER VAZQUEZ.
    CURRENT SCORE: TAMPA BAY 1, CHI WHITE SOX 0
    DUE UP FOR TAMPA BAY: D YOUNG (.246, 6 HR, 24 RBI)

    Rays vs. White SoxMay 27 2:31 PM