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Kazmir, Crawford help Devil Rays rout Orioles

Aug 5, 2007 - 3:22 AM ST. PETERSBURG, Florida (Ticker) -- For the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, eight finally was enough.

Scott Kazmir threw seven strong innings and Carl Crawford had three hits, drove in a pair of runs and scored three times as the Devil Rays snapped an eight-game losing streak to the Baltimore Orioles with a 9-2 victory on Saturday.

Carlos Pena added his team-leading 26th home run for the Devil Rays, who had lost 10 of the previous 11 meetings between the clubs.

"Early on, I thought the Orioles were beating us late a lot," Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon said. "We have not hit well against them. We have not matched up well against them."

Kazmir (8-7) allowed one run and scattered seven hits with two walks and nine strikeouts. The 23-year-old, who won his third straight home start, threw 74-of-110 pitches for strikes.

"It seems like I'm not doing any over-analyzing," Kazmir said. "I'm just going out there making pitches. You don't have to worry about your mechanics. It's a huge difference."

Kazmir's home struggles have come full circle. The lefthander was 0-4 in his first 10 home starts this season but is 3-0 with a 0.69 ERA in his last four.

"Everyone is working for Scott," catcher Josh Paul said. "He had focus all game long. It's good to see."

Pena gave Kazmir a cushion with which to work by hitting a two-run homer in the first inning, and Crawford plated two with a single in the second as Tampa Bay jumped to a 5-0 lead.

Crawford, who turns 26 on Sunday, continued his torrid hitting. He has hit safely in 13 of his last 15 games, batting .411 (23-for-56) during that stretch.

"Overall we got good at-bats today," Maddon said. "Our lefties don't mind lefties. (Pena's) home run in the first got us going."

Tampa Bay got two more runs in the fourth on an RBI single by B.J. Upton and a groundout by Delmon Young. Young added a two-run double in the sixth to make it 9-1.

The Devil Rays reached Brian Burres (5-5) for seven runs - six earned - and eight hits in 3 1/3 innings. Burres left with one out in the fourth after allowing consecutive hits by Akinori Iwamura, Crawford and Upton.

"It really was just that everything was flat," Burres said. "I tried to get through more pitches. I tried to get things going. The ball wasn't feeling right coming out of my hand."

Iwamura, who was one of three Devil Rays with two hits, extended his hitting streak to a career-high 10 games.

Corey Patterson had an RBI single in the fourth for Baltimore, which has lost four of six.

"I don't like to see us give outs away and I don't like to see us not make plays that we should make," Baltimore manager Dave Trembley said. "The whole thing starts with pitching for us and I think that is how the game is for everybody. It wasn't a good night for us."








  • AL
    FINAL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    BALTIMORE 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 8 1
    TAMPA BAY 2 3 0 2 0 2 0 0 x 9 12 0 (FINAL)

    BATTERIES: BAL - BRIAN BURRES, KURT BIRKINS (4TH), PAUL SHUEY (6TH), JOHN
    PARRISH (8TH) AND RAMON HERNANDEZ
    TAM - SCOTT KAZMIR, GRANT BALFOUR (8TH), BRIAN STOKES
    (9TH) AND JO

    Aug 4 9:57 PM


  • AL
    AT TAMPA BAY - SCORING UPDATE
    GROUND OUT BY JAY PAYTON SCORED RAMON HERNANDEZ.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, A HUFF ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: BALTIMORE 2
    TAMPA BAY 9 TOP, 9TH
    DUE UP FOR BALTIMORE: L HERNANDEZ (.343, 1-FOR-3)

    Orioles vs. RaysAug 4 9:56 PM


  • AL
    AT TAMPA BAY - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY DELMON YOUNG SCORED AKINORI IWAMURA AND CARL
    CRAWFORD.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, D YOUNG ON SECOND, C PENA ON THIRD, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: BALTIMORE 1
    TAMPA BAY 9 BOTTOM, 6TH
    DUE UP FOR TAMPA BAY: B HARRIS (.301, 1-FOR-3)

    Orioles vs. RaysAug 4 9:09 PM


  • AL
    AT TAMPA BAY - SCORING UPDATE
    FIELDER'S CHOICE BY DELMON YOUNG SCORED CARL CRAWFORD.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, D YOUNG ON FIRST, B UPTON ON THIRD, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: BALTIMORE 1
    TAMPA BAY 7 BOTTOM, 4TH
    DUE UP FOR TAMPA BAY: B HARRIS (.302, 1-FOR-2)

    Orioles vs. RaysAug 4 8:34 PM


  • AL
    AT TAMPA BAY - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY B.J. UPTON SCORED AKINORI IWAMURA.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, B UPTON ON FIRST, C CRAWFORD ON THIRD, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: BALTIMORE 1
    TAMPA BAY 6 BOTTOM, 4TH
    DUE UP FOR TAMPA BAY: C PENA (.278, 1-FOR-2, HR, 2 RBI)

    Orioles vs. RaysAug 4 8:27 PM


  • AL
    AT TAMPA BAY - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY COREY PATTERSON SCORED AUBREY HUFF.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, L HERNANDEZ ON THIRD, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: BALTIMORE 1
    TAMPA BAY 5 TOP, 3RD
    DUE UP FOR BALTIMORE: C GOMEZ (.301, 0-FOR-1)

    Orioles vs. RaysAug 4 7:58 PM


  • AL
    AT TAMPA BAY - SCORING UPDATE
    ERROR BY BRIAN BURRES ALLOWED CARL CRAWFORD TO SCORE.
    SITUATION: 3 RUNS IN, B UPTON ON THIRD, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: BALTIMORE 0
    TAMPA BAY 5 BOTTOM, 2ND
    DUE UP FOR TAMPA BAY: C PENA (.279, 1-FOR-1, HR, 2 RBI)

    Orioles vs. RaysAug 4 7:47 PM


  • AL
    AT TAMPA BAY - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY CARL CRAWFORD SCORED JONNY GOMES AND JOSH PAUL.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, C CRAWFORD ON FIRST, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: BALTIMORE 0
    TAMPA BAY 4 BOTTOM, 2ND
    DUE UP FOR TAMPA BAY: B UPTON (.325, 0-FOR-0, BB)

    Orioles vs. RaysAug 4 7:45 PM


  • AL
    AT TAMPA BAY - SCORING UPDATE
    TWO-RUN HOME RUN BY CARLOS PENA (26) TO RIGHT WITH 2 OUT IN
    THE 1ST OFF BRIAN BURRES SCORED B.J. UPTON.
    CURRENT SCORE: BALTIMORE 0, TAMPA BAY 2
    DUE UP FOR TAMPA BAY: D YOUNG (.290, 9 HR, 54 RBI)

    Orioles vs. RaysAug 4 7:22 PM