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15 - 3 Final
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Crawford propels Rays to rout of Marlins

Jun 26, 2008 - 3:31 AM By Christopher Stock PA SportsTicker Contributing Writer

MIAMI (Ticker) -- Carl Crawford hit two home runs and drove in a career-high five runs as the Tampa Bay Rays continued their success against their cross-state rivals with a 15-3 victory over the Florida Marlins on Wednesday.

Evan Longoria hit a two-run homer and drove in a run with a base hit during the fifth inning as the Rays scored 10 times in the inning. The first nine batters all reached base and scored as the Rays sent 14 batters to plate.

"It was nice to watch, I'll tell you that," Rays manager Joe Maddon said. "We needed to do that. Hopefully that will give us confidence."

James Shields (5-5) pitched seven innings allowing one run and four hits, while striking out five for the Rays, who have won four of five against the Marlins this season during interleague play.

"I thought I pitched well," Shields said. "When you score 15 runs in a game, it's a lot easier to pitch that way,"

Crawford hit a 421-foot three-run homer in the third inning and added a 429-foot solo blast in the fifth to give him seven homers on the season. It was the fourth multi-homer game in his career and his first since June 30, 2006.

"I was just looking for something over the plate that I could drive," Crawford said. "I got the count in my favor both times. I got good wood to them."

The Rays led 4-0 heading into the pivotal fifth inning. Crawford led off with a homer, and three batters later, Longoria followed with his two-run shot giving the Rays a commanding 8-0 advantage. The Marlins were unable to get out of the inning as the next five batters reached base, including an RBI double by Akinori Iwamura.

Crawford came up again in the inning and grounded out driving in a run for the first out of the inning. B.J. Upton followed with an RBI single and Longoria also drove in a run with a single. Dioner Navarro struck out to end the inning falling a run short of tying the franchise record of 11 runs in an inning.

"That was a big inning for us," Crawford said. "It was fun to do and guys weren't giving up their at-bats. It was just nice to see everybody get in on the action like that."

Ben Zobrist hit his first home run of the season in the eighth inning to cap off the scoring for the Rays.

"Everybody has been saying that we have not been swinging our bats up to our potential, so hopefully this will be the start of us doing that," Crawford said.

Ryan Tucker (2-2) pitched four innings and surrendered seven runs and eight hits in his fourth career start. Eulogio De La Cruz gave up six runs -- five earned -- in the fifth inning without recording an out.

Mike Jacobs hit his 18th homer of the season for the Marlins.

"It just wasn't a good day for the Fish," Marlins manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "We could go on and on for two hours and talk about every pitcher or play, but we're not going to do that."








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    FINAL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    TAMPA BAY 0 0 3 1 10 0 0 1 0 15 15 4
    FLORIDA 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 1 3 9 1 (FINAL)

    BATTERIES: TAM - JAMES SHIELDS, JASON HAMMEL (8TH), GARY GLOVER (9TH) AND
    DIONER NAVARRO
    FLA - RYAN TUCKER, EULOGIO DE LA CRUZ (5TH), LOGAN
    KENSING (5TH), RENYEL PINTO (7TH),

    Jun 25 10:16 PM


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    AT FLORIDA - SCORING UPDATE
    ERROR BY AKINORI IWAMURA ALLOWED MATT TREANOR TO SCORE.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, R ANDINO ON FIRST, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: TAMPA BAY 15
    FLORIDA 3 BOTTOM, 9TH
    DUE UP FOR FLORIDA: J HERMIDA (.273, 1-FOR-4)

    Rays 15, Marlins 3  Bot 9, 0 OutsJun 25 10:15 PM


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    AT FLORIDA - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY DAN UGGLA SCORED JORGE CANTU.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, D UGGLA ON FIRST, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: TAMPA BAY 15
    FLORIDA 2 BOTTOM, 8TH
    DUE UP FOR FLORIDA: M JACOBS (.240, 1-FOR-3, HR, RBI)

    Rays 15, Marlins 2  Bot 8, 0 OutsJun 25 9:50 PM


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    AT FLORIDA - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY BEN ZOBRIST (1) TO RIGHT WITH 1 OUT IN THE
    8TH OFF JUSTIN MILLER.
    CURRENT SCORE: TAMPA BAY 15, FLORIDA 1
    DUE UP FOR TAMPA BAY: J SHIELDS (.333, 1-FOR-3, BB, RBI)

    Rays 15, Marlins 1  Top 8, 0 OutsJun 25 9:46 PM


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    AT FLORIDA - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY MIKE JACOBS (18) TO RIGHT WITH 2 OUT IN
    THE 6TH OFF JAMES SHIELDS.
    CURRENT SCORE: TAMPA BAY 14, FLORIDA 1
    DUE UP FOR FLORIDA: C ROSS (.218, 0-FOR-1, HBP)

    Rays 14, Marlins 1  Bot 6, 0 OutsJun 25 9:14 PM


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    AT FLORIDA - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY EVAN LONGORIA SCORED B.J. UPTON.
    SITUATION: 10 RUNS IN, E LONGORIA ON FIRST, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: TAMPA BAY 14
    FLORIDA 0 TOP, 5TH
    DUE UP FOR TAMPA BAY: D NAVARRO (.330, 2-FOR-2, BB)

    Rays 14, Marlins 0  Top 5, 0 OutsJun 25 8:53 PM


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    AT FLORIDA - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY B.J. UPTON SCORED AKINORI IWAMURA.
    SITUATION: 9 RUNS IN, B UPTON ON FIRST, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: TAMPA BAY 13
    FLORIDA 0 TOP, 5TH
    DUE UP FOR TAMPA BAY: E HINSKE (.259, 1-FOR-3, RBI)

    Rays 13, Marlins 0  Top 5, 0 OutsJun 25 8:48 PM


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    AT FLORIDA - SCORING UPDATE
    GROUND OUT BY CARL CRAWFORD SCORED JAMES SHIELDS.
    SITUATION: 8 RUNS IN, A IWAMURA ON THIRD, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: TAMPA BAY 12
    FLORIDA 0 TOP, 5TH
    DUE UP FOR TAMPA BAY: B UPTON (.281, 0-FOR-2, BB)

    Rays 12, Marlins 0  Top 5, 0 OutsJun 25 8:47 PM


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    AT FLORIDA - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY AKINORI IWAMURA SCORED BEN ZOBRIST.
    SITUATION: 7 RUNS IN, A IWAMURA ON SECOND, J SHIELDS ON THIRD, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: TAMPA BAY 11
    FLORIDA 0 TOP, 5TH
    DUE UP FOR TAMPA BAY: C CRAWFORD (.286, 2-FOR-3, 2 HR, 4 RBI)

    Rays 11, Marlins 0  Top 5, 0 OutsJun 25 8:46 PM


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    AT FLORIDA - SCORING UPDATE
    FIELDER'S CHOICE BY JAMES SHIELDS SCORED DIONER NAVARRO AND
    GABE GROSS.
    SITUATION: 6 RUNS IN, J SHIELDS ON FIRST, B ZOBRIST ON THIRD, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: TAMPA BAY 10
    FLORIDA 0 TOP, 5TH
    DUE UP FOR TAMPA BAY: A IWAMURA (.271, 0-FOR-2, BB)

    Rays 10, Marlins 0  Top 5, 0 OutsJun 25 8:46 PM


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    AT FLORIDA - SCORING UPDATE
    TWO-RUN HOME RUN BY EVAN LONGORIA (13) TO LEFT WITH 0 OUT
    IN THE 5TH OFF EULOGIO DE LA CRUZ SCORED ERIC HINSKE.
    CURRENT SCORE: TAMPA BAY 8, FLORIDA 0
    DUE UP FOR TAMPA BAY: D NAVARRO (.330, 2-FOR-2)

    Rays 8, Marlins 0  Top 5, 0 OutsJun 25 8:34 PM


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    AT FLORIDA - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY ERIC HINSKE SCORED B.J. UPTON.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, E HINSKE ON SECOND, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: TAMPA BAY 6
    FLORIDA 0 TOP, 5TH
    DUE UP FOR TAMPA BAY: E LONGORIA (.250, 1-FOR-2)

    Rays 6, Marlins 0  Top 5, 0 OutsJun 25 8:30 PM


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    AT FLORIDA - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY CARL CRAWFORD (7) TO RIGHT WITH 0 OUT IN
    THE 5TH OFF RYAN TUCKER.
    CURRENT SCORE: TAMPA BAY 5, FLORIDA 0
    DUE UP FOR TAMPA BAY: B UPTON (.281, 0-FOR-2)

    Rays 5, Marlins 0  Top 5, 0 OutsJun 25 8:26 PM


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    AT FLORIDA - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY GABE GROSS SCORED EVAN LONGORIA.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, G GROSS ON FIRST, D NAVARRO ON SECOND, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: TAMPA BAY 4
    FLORIDA 0 TOP, 4TH
    DUE UP FOR TAMPA BAY: B ZOBRIST (.250, 0-FOR-1)

    Rays 4, Marlins 0  Top 4, 0 OutsJun 25 8:09 PM


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    AT FLORIDA - SCORING UPDATE
    THREE-RUN HOME RUN BY CARL CRAWFORD (6) TO RIGHT WITH 1 OUT
    IN THE 3RD OFF RYAN TUCKER SCORED JAMES SHIELDS AND AKINORI
    IWAMURA.
    CURRENT SCORE: TAMPA BAY 3, FLORIDA 0
    DUE UP FOR TAMPA BAY: B UPTON (.282, 0-FOR-1)

    Rays 3, Marlins 0  Top 3, 0 OutsJun 25 7:51 PM