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Catalanotto powers Rangers past Devil Rays

Aug 11, 2007 - 4:53 AM By Randy Krone PA SportsTicker Contributing Writer

ARLINGTON, Texas (Ticker) -- Frank Catalanotto helped the struggling Texas Rangers get back on track.

Catalanotto homered and drove in five runs as the Rangers posted a 7-4 victory over the Tampa Bay Devil Rays on Friday in the opener of a three-game series.

Jarrod Saltalamacchia had two hits and scored twice for Texas, which had lost six of its last seven and nine of its previous 12 contests.

Catalanotto gave the Rangers a 5-3 advantage in the fifth inning when he sent a 2-2 offering from rookie Andy Sonnanstine (1-8) over the right field wall.

Saltalamacchia made up for a fielding mistake in the top half of the inning by leading off the fifth with a double down the right field line. After Ramon Vazquez's bunt single, Catalanotto blasted his eighth home run.

"He (Sonnanstine) threw me a good 2-1 pitch and I figured he might come back with it again," Catalanotto said. "He did throw me another changeup but he left this one up and I got a good swing on it."

Catalanotto struck again in the sixth, delivering a bloop two-run single down the left field line to open a 7-4 lead. The 11-year veteran is batting .252 with 33 RBI this season and is 11-for-24 (.458) with nine RBI in his last seven games.

"I was happy to get the fifth RBI," Catalanotto said. "I've driven in four runs several times but getting that fifth is special. It's nice to come up with men on base and you don't expect to get opportunities like that hitting leadoff."

Mike Wood (2-1) recorded the win for the Rangers after pitching 2 1/3 innings of one-run relief.

C.J. Wilson pitched the final 1 1/3 frames to garner his fourth save. Wilson has not allowed a run in 13 consecutive appearances.

"I wanted C.J. to get Crawford to end the eighth," Rangers manager Ron Washington said. "Then in the ninth, I wanted him to get Pena. He got through (B.J.) Upton, got Pena swinging and at that point there's no way I'm going to take the ball out of his hands."

Tampa Bay took a 3-2 lead when Carlos Pena, Delmon Young and Brendan Harris each drove in runs in the fifth inning that ended starter Brandon McCarthy's night. None of the runs were earned due to first baseman Saltalamacchia's fielding error to begin the inning.

"I thought in the fifth, if we had made some plays, we could have gotten McCarthy through the inning," Washington said. "We tried to let him work through it but when the lead run got on, we had to shut it down."

Sonnanstine surrendered five runs and seven hits over 4 1/3 innings en route to dropping his eighth straight decision since earning his first major league win on June 10.

"The turning point of the game was when I left that changeup on that three-run home run," Sonnanstine said. "I'm going to the well too often with the changeup and the slider. I need to go more with the fastball."

Michael Young started the scoring for Texas in third frame with a two-run double to center field off the glove of a diving Upton, scoring Vazquez and Ian Kinsler. The 30-year-old Young is 35-for-83 (.422) over his last 21 games.

McCarthy lasted just 4 2/3 innings after tossing 102 pitches, yielding three unearned runs and six hits with three walks and three strikeouts.








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

    BATTERIES: TAM - ANDY SONNANSTINE, JUAN SALAS (5TH), GRANT BALFOUR (6TH), JON
    SWITZER (8TH) AND DIONER NAVARRO
    TEX - BRANDON MCCARTHY, MIKE WOOD (5TH), FRANK
    FRANCISCO (8TH),

    Aug 10 11:45 PM


  • AL
    AT TEXAS - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY FRANK CATALANOTTO SCORED GERALD LAIRD AND JARROD
    SALTALAMACCHIA.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, F CATALANOTTO ON FIRST, R VAZQUEZ ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: TAMPA BAY 4
    TEXAS 7 BOTTOM, 6TH
    DUE UP FOR TEXAS: I KINSLER (.256, 1-FOR-3)

    Rays vs. RangersAug 10 10:52 PM


  • AL
    AT TEXAS - SCORING UPDATE
    GROUND OUT BY AKINORI IWAMURA SCORED DIONER NAVARRO.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, NONE ON, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: TAMPA BAY 4
    TEXAS 5 TOP, 6TH
    DUE UP FOR TAMPA BAY: C CRAWFORD (.318, 2-FOR-3)

    Rays vs. RangersAug 10 10:35 PM


  • AL
    AT TEXAS - SCORING UPDATE
    THREE-RUN HOME RUN BY FRANK CATALANOTTO (8) TO RIGHT WITH 0
    OUT IN THE 5TH OFF ANDY SONNANSTINE SCORED JARROD SALTALAMACCHIA AND
    RAMON VAZQUEZ.
    CURRENT SCORE: TAMPA BAY 3, TEXAS 5
    DUE UP FOR TEXAS: I KINSLER (.257, 1-FOR-2)

    Rays vs. RangersAug 10 10:19 PM


  • AL
    AT TEXAS - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY BRENDAN HARRIS SCORED B.J. UPTON.
    SITUATION: 3 RUNS IN, B HARRIS ON FIRST, C PENA ON THIRD, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: TAMPA BAY 3
    TEXAS 2 TOP, 5TH
    DUE UP FOR TAMPA BAY: J GOMES (.262, 0-FOR-2)

    Rays vs. RangersAug 10 10:06 PM


  • AL
    AT TEXAS - SCORING UPDATE
    SACRIFICE FLY BY DELMON YOUNG SCORED CARL CRAWFORD.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, C PENA ON FIRST, B UPTON ON THIRD, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: TAMPA BAY 2
    TEXAS 2 TOP, 5TH
    DUE UP FOR TAMPA BAY: B HARRIS (.297, 0-FOR-2)

    Rays vs. RangersAug 10 10:05 PM


  • AL
    AT TEXAS - SCORING UPDATE
    BASES LOADED WALK TO CARLOS PENA SCORED AKINORI IWAMURA.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, C PENA ON FIRST, B UPTON ON SECOND, C
    CRAWFORD ON THIRD, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: TAMPA BAY 1
    TEXAS 2 TOP, 5TH
    DUE UP FOR TAMPA BAY: D YOUNG (.296, 0-FOR-2)

    Rays vs. RangersAug 10 10:02 PM


  • AL
    AT TEXAS - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY MICHAEL YOUNG SCORED RAMON VAZQUEZ AND IAN
    KINSLER.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, M YOUNG ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: TAMPA BAY 0
    TEXAS 2 BOTTOM, 3RD
    DUE UP FOR TEXAS: M BYRD (.317, 0-FOR-1)

    Rays vs. RangersAug 10 9:33 PM