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Young's milestone blast sends Rangers to easy win

Aug 13, 2007 - 5:25 AM By Jay Miller PA Sportsticker Contributing Writer

ARLINGTON, Texas (Ticker) -- Michael Young blasted his 100th career home run as the Texas Rangers cruised to a 9-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Devil Rays on Sunday.

Young's solo shot to left-center off Tampa Bay starter Jason Hammel (1-2) to lead off the fifth marked the Rangers' return to the long ball ledger after being held homerless in Saturday's four-hit shutout by Tampa Bay's Edwin Jackson.

Three Texas pitchers almost returned the favor, holding the Devil Rays scoreless until Frank Francisco allowed Jonny Gomes' RBI double in the eighth. The feat was impressive as Rangers starter Kason Gabbard left the game with stiffness in his left forearm after throwing his first pitch of the second inning, forcing Willie Eyre (4-5) into early action.

"I've never had a forearm strain," Gabbard said. "It's just a minor little setback and I'll be ready to throw Friday."

Eyre earned the win after throwing 3 1/3 scoreless innings, allowing only four hits.

The Rangers gave the lefthander all the support he required in the third, the first of three consecutive innings Texas scored in. David Murphy, who came over with Gabbard from Boston at the trade deadline, opened the frame with a double. Walks to Kinsler and Young loaded the bases with one out.

Marlon Byrd then singled to left to plate Murphy and Kinsler for an early 2-0 advantage.

After Texas posted one run in the fourth, Young's homer sparked four consecutive hits by the Rangers, highlighted by Brad Wilkerson's RBI single and Jason Botts' run-scoring double to advance the lead to 5-0.

"Things seem to be clicking right now," Young said. "I'm here and that's all that matters. I'm getting an opportunity and I'm going to try to make the most of it. I've had some good games lately, but there's some time left until the end of the season."

Murphy's ended the scoring in the four-run fifth with the second of his three doubles to score Botts.

Kinsler added a two-run double in the eighth to complete the scoring for the Rangers, who improved to 45-25 in contests in which they score four or more runs.

Tampa Bay's Carl Crawford fell short of matching a career-high 13-game hitting steak by going 0-for-5 Sunday. He also snapped his club-record eight-game multiple-hit streak. However, it is the number 100 he wants to avoid - the number of losses the 45-71 Devil Rays are on pace to reach.

"In the back of your mind you want to do everything you can to avoid that big round number," Crawford said.








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

    BATTERIES: TAM - JASON HAMMEL, JON SWITZER (5TH), BRIAN STOKES (6TH), DAN
    WHEELER (8TH) AND DIONER NAVARRO
    TEX - KASON GABBARD, WILLIE EYRE (2ND), WES LITTLETON
    (6TH), FRANK

    Aug 13 12:06 AM


  • AL
    AT TEXAS - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY IAN KINSLER SCORED RAMON VAZQUEZ AND DAVID
    MURPHY.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, I KINSLER ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: TAMPA BAY 1
    TEXAS 9 BOTTOM, 8TH
    DUE UP FOR TEXAS: A MELHUSE (.233, 1 HR, 9 RBI)

    Rays vs. RangersAug 12 11:51 PM


  • AL
    AT TEXAS - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY JONNY GOMES SCORED JOSH WILSON.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, J GOMES ON SECOND, B ZOBRIST ON THIRD, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: TAMPA BAY 1
    TEXAS 7 TOP, 8TH
    DUE UP FOR TAMPA BAY: C CRAWFORD (.315, 0-FOR-4)

    Rays vs. RangersAug 12 11:36 PM


  • AL
    AT TEXAS - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY DAVID MURPHY SCORED JASON BOTTS.
    SITUATION: 4 RUNS IN, D MURPHY ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: TAMPA BAY 0
    TEXAS 7 BOTTOM, 5TH
    DUE UP FOR TEXAS: F CATALANOTTO (.253, 1-FOR-3, RBI)

    Rays vs. RangersAug 12 10:40 PM


  • AL
    AT TEXAS - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY JASON BOTTS SCORED BRAD WILKERSON.
    SITUATION: 3 RUNS IN, J BOTTS ON SECOND, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: TAMPA BAY 0
    TEXAS 6 BOTTOM, 5TH
    DUE UP FOR TEXAS: J SALTALAMACCHIA (.190, 1-FOR-2)

    Rays vs. RangersAug 12 10:33 PM


  • AL
    AT TEXAS - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY BRAD WILKERSON SCORED MARLON BYRD.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, B WILKERSON ON SECOND, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: TAMPA BAY 0
    TEXAS 5 BOTTOM, 5TH
    DUE UP FOR TEXAS: J BOTTS (.220, 1-FOR-2)

    Rays vs. RangersAug 12 10:31 PM


  • AL
    AT TEXAS - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY MICHAEL YOUNG (6) TO CENTER WITH 0 OUT IN
    THE 5TH OFF JASON HAMMEL.
    CURRENT SCORE: TAMPA BAY 0, TEXAS 4
    DUE UP FOR TEXAS: M BYRD (.315, 1-FOR-2, 2 RBI)

    Rays vs. RangersAug 12 10:23 PM


  • AL
    AT TEXAS - SCORING UPDATE
    TRIPLE BY FRANK CATALANOTTO SCORED DAVID MURPHY.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, F CATALANOTTO ON THIRD, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: TAMPA BAY 0
    TEXAS 3 BOTTOM, 4TH
    DUE UP FOR TEXAS: I KINSLER (.251, 0-FOR-1, BB)

    Rays vs. RangersAug 12 10:09 PM


  • AL
    AT TEXAS - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY MARLON BYRD SCORED DAVID MURPHY AND IAN KINSLER.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, M BYRD ON FIRST, M YOUNG ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: TAMPA BAY 0
    TEXAS 2 BOTTOM, 3RD
    DUE UP FOR TEXAS: B WILKERSON (.227, 0-FOR-1)

    Rays vs. RangersAug 12 9:47 PM