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Kazmir sharp as Rays pound Orioles

Aug 30, 2008 - 3:39 AM ST. PETERSBURG, Florida (Ticker) -- The Tampa Bay Rays made history Friday night. Yet, they still have much bigger goals on the horizon.

Ben Zobrist hit his first career grand slam and Cliff Floyd had three hits and five RBI as the Rays routed the Baltimore Orioles, 14-3, at Tropicana Field.

Gabe Gross also homered and Scott Kazmir pitched 5 1/3 scoreless innings for the Rays (82-51), who own both the American League's best overall record and its top home mark (50-19).

They also maintained their 4 1/2-game lead over the Boston Red Sox (78-56) for first place in the AL East Division and, in the process, clinched their first winning season in franchise history.

"To get to 82 wins obviously is important for us as an organization," Rays manager Joe Maddon said. "We've done it. It's behind us, now we can go past it. We've got our eyes on the playoffs."

Kazmir (10-6) allowed three hits and won for just the second time in his last seven starts. The All-Star lefthander struck out six and walked three.

"Fifty wins at home is almost as many wins as we had last year," Kazmir said. "We're not showing any signs of letting up. Hopefully, we can carry on in the future."

Leading, 3-0, after two frames, the Rays broke open the game with a seven-run fourth. Floyd's two-run double made it 5-0, chasing Orioles starter Jeremy Guthrie (10-11).

Fernando Cabrera retired Willy Aybar on a ground out, but then intentionally walked Eric Hinske to face Zobrist with the bases loaded. Zobrist sent Cabrera's first pitch into the right-field stands, and Gross followed three pitches later with a solo shot to center for a 10-0 cushion.

"I knew I hit it good off the bat," said Zobrist, who received his first curtain call. "It's fantastic so many guys contributed tonight. We continue to win as a team."

Guthrie lasted just a career-low three innings, allowing seven hits and seven runs. He walked six and struck out two.

"I didn't have much of anything and threw a lot of balls, got behind in most counts," Guthrie said. "It just didn't feel great out there."

Juan Salas and Jason Hammel pitched the final 3 2/3 innings to finish out the game for the Rays.

"It just goes to show how good of a team Tampa has," Baltimore manager Dave Trembley said. "They're on a roll right now and they play very well at home."

In the third, Melvin Mora left after suffering a Grade One hamstring strain while trying to beat out a ground ball to second and is listed as day-to-day.

In the bottom of the fourth, Orioles catcher Ramon Hernandez was ejected by home plate umpire Sam Holbrook for arguing balls and strikes while the Rays were batting.

"I really respect what Ramon did as far as standing up for the team and also for the pitchers," Guthrie said.

B.J. Upton had three hits and scored three runs and Shawn Riggans homered in the eighth to cap the scoring for Tampa Bay.








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    FINAL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    BALTIMORE 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 3 8 1
    TAMPA BAY 1 2 0 7 0 3 0 1 x 14 15 0 (FINAL)

    BATTERIES: BAL - JEREMY GUTHRIE, FERNANDO CABRERA (4TH), RANDOR BIERD (6TH),
    JAMIE WALKER (8TH) AND RAMON HERNANDEZ, GUILLERMO QUIROZ (4TH)
    TAM - SCOTT KAZMIR, JUAN SALAS (6TH

    Aug 29 10:42 PM


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    AT TAMPA BAY - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY SHAWN RIGGANS (6) TO LEFT WITH 0 OUT IN
    THE 8TH OFF JAMIE WALKER.
    CURRENT SCORE: BALTIMORE 3, TAMPA BAY 14
    DUE UP FOR TAMPA BAY: J RUGGIANO (.224, 1 HR, 3 RBI)

    Orioles 3, Rays 14  Bot 8, 0 OutsAug 29 10:39 PM


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    AT TAMPA BAY - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY LUKE SCOTT SCORED AUBREY HUFF.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, L SCOTT ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: BALTIMORE 3
    TAMPA BAY 13 TOP, 8TH
    DUE UP FOR BALTIMORE: J PAYTON (.257, 1-FOR-3)

    Orioles 3, Rays 13  Top 8, 0 OutsAug 29 10:21 PM


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    AT TAMPA BAY - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY AUBREY HUFF SCORED ALEX CINTRON.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, A HUFF ON SECOND, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: BALTIMORE 2
    TAMPA BAY 13 TOP, 8TH
    DUE UP FOR BALTIMORE: G QUIROZ (.193, 0-FOR-1)

    Orioles 2, Rays 13  Top 8, 0 OutsAug 29 10:10 PM


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    AT TAMPA BAY - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY JUAN CASTRO SCORED JAY PAYTON.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, J CASTRO ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: BALTIMORE 1
    TAMPA BAY 13 TOP, 7TH
    DUE UP FOR BALTIMORE: B ROBERTS (.299, 0-FOR-2, BB)

    Orioles 1, Rays 13  Top 7, 0 OutsAug 29 9:53 PM


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    AT TAMPA BAY - SCORING UPDATE
    SACRIFICE FLY BY CLIFF FLOYD SCORED B.J. UPTON.
    SITUATION: 3 RUNS IN, C PENA ON FIRST, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: BALTIMORE 0
    TAMPA BAY 13 BOTTOM, 6TH
    DUE UP FOR TAMPA BAY: W AYBAR (.247, 1-FOR-4)

    Orioles 0, Rays 13  Bot 6, 0 OutsAug 29 9:44 PM


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    AT TAMPA BAY - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY CARLOS PENA SCORED AKINORI IWAMURA.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, C PENA ON FIRST, B UPTON ON THIRD, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: BALTIMORE 0
    TAMPA BAY 12 BOTTOM, 6TH
    DUE UP FOR TAMPA BAY: C FLOYD (.271, 3-FOR-3, BB, 4 RBI)

    Orioles 0, Rays 12  Bot 6, 0 OutsAug 29 9:41 PM


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    AT TAMPA BAY - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY B.J. UPTON SCORED GABE GROSS.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, B UPTON ON FIRST, A IWAMURA ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: BALTIMORE 0
    TAMPA BAY 11 BOTTOM, 6TH
    DUE UP FOR TAMPA BAY: C PENA (.244, 0-FOR-1, 3 BB, RBI)

    Orioles 0, Rays 11  Bot 6, 0 OutsAug 29 9:39 PM
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    Orioles 0, Rays 10  Bot 6, 0 OutsAug 29 9:35 PM


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    AT TAMPA BAY - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY GABE GROSS (11) TO CENTER WITH 1 OUT IN
    THE 4TH OFF FERNANDO CABRERA.
    CURRENT SCORE: BALTIMORE 0, TAMPA BAY 10
    DUE UP FOR TAMPA BAY: S RIGGANS (.217, 0-FOR-2)

    Orioles 0, Rays 10  Bot 4, 0 OutsAug 29 8:52 PM


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    AT TAMPA BAY - SCORING UPDATE
    GRAND SLAM BY BEN ZOBRIST (7) TO RIGHT WITH 1 OUT IN THE
    4TH OFF FERNANDO CABRERA SCORED CARLOS PENA, CLIFF FLOYD AND ERIC
    HINSKE.
    CURRENT SCORE: BALTIMORE 0, TAMPA BAY 9
    DUE UP FOR TAMPA BAY: G GROSS (.244, 2-FOR-2)

    Orioles 0, Rays 9  Bot 4, 0 OutsAug 29 8:52 PM


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    AT TAMPA BAY - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY CLIFF FLOYD SCORED AKINORI IWAMURA AND B.J.
    UPTON.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, C FLOYD ON SECOND, C PENA ON THIRD, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: BALTIMORE 0
    TAMPA BAY 5 BOTTOM, 4TH
    DUE UP FOR TAMPA BAY: W AYBAR (.245, 0-FOR-2)

    Orioles 0, Rays 5  Bot 4, 0 OutsAug 29 8:44 PM
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    Orioles 0, Rays 3  Bot 4, 0 OutsAug 29 8:38 PM


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    AT TAMPA BAY - SCORING UPDATE
    BASES LOADED WALK TO CLIFF FLOYD SCORED AKINORI IWAMURA.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, C FLOYD ON FIRST, C PENA ON SECOND, B UPTON
    ON THIRD, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: BALTIMORE 0
    TAMPA BAY 3 BOTTOM, 2ND
    DUE UP FOR TAMPA BAY: W AYBAR (.246, 0-FOR-1)

    Orioles 0, Rays 3  Bot 2, 0 OutsAug 29 7:59 PM


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    AT TAMPA BAY - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY CLIFF FLOYD SCORED B.J. UPTON.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, C FLOYD ON SECOND, C PENA ON THIRD, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: BALTIMORE 0
    TAMPA BAY 1 BOTTOM, 1ST
    DUE UP FOR TAMPA BAY: W AYBAR (.247, 8 HR, 21 RBI)

    Orioles 0, Rays 1  Bot 1, 0 OutsAug 29 7:31 PM