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HART Grad Shields pitches gem for Tampa Bay Rays

Former Indian earns his first win in eight starts

Posted: June 26, 2008 1:53 a.m.
Updated: August 27, 2008 5:03 a.m.
 

MIAMI (AP) - Carl Crawford had two home runs and a career-high five RBIs, and the first nine Tampa Bay batters reached and scored in what became a 10-run fifth inning in the Rays' 15-3 win over the Florida Marlins on Wednesday night.

Evan Longoria had three hits, including his 13th homer, and drove in three runs for the Rays, who came within one run of matching the biggest inning in franchise history.

James Shields (5-5) allowed four hits, one run and struck out five over seven innings, getting his first win in eight starts for the Rays, who beat Florida for the second straight night and clinched the season series against their Sunshine State rival.

Ben Zobrist also homered for Tampa Bay, which remained one game behind Boston in the AL East. Mike Jacobs hit his 18th home run and Dan Uggla notched his 58th RBI for Florida, which has lost eight of its last 12 games.

Jeremy Hermida and Uggla each finished with two hits, and Matt Treanor scored in the ninth on the Rays' fourth error of the game, when second baseman Akinori Iwamura threw wide of first. The Rays took a 4-0 lead into the fifth, then simply began teeing off against Marlins starting pitcher Ryan Tucker (2-2) and just about everyone else who relieved him in the 32-minute barrage.

Crawford led off with his second homer of the game and seventh of the year, B.J. Upton walked, then scored one batter later on Eric Hinske's double in the game.

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