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Sweet series victory
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Rays 7, Rangers 4
Carlos Pena rounds the bases after his three-run shot Sunday. (Tony Gutierrez/AP)
Backed by a three-run shot from Carlos Pena and a two-run blast off the bat of B.J. Upton, the Rays put up seven runs over the third and fourth innings en route to an easy win in the finale. Scott Kazmir twirled a two-run outing while mowing down seven and stifling the Rangers' offense.
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Series at a glance:
TB
Tampa Bay (75-48)
Won 1
Tampa Bay 7, Texas 4   TEX
Texas (62-63)
Lost 1
August 17, 2008
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Tampa Bay
0 0 4 3 0 0 0 0 0   7 10 0
Texas
0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 2   4 7 0
Standings thru 8/17/08  |  Recap: TB | TEX  |  Gameday  |  Rays stats  |  Rangers stats
Tampa Bay AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Upton, B, CF 5 2 3 3 0 1 0 .267
Zobrist, 2B 4 1 1 0 0 0 1 .235
Pena, C, 1B 3 1 1 3 1 0 0 .241
Floyd, C, DH 4 0 0 0 0 0 1 .259
Aybar, W, 3B 4 0 2 0 0 0 0 .236
Hinske, LF 4 1 1 0 0 0 2 .252
  Ruggiano, LF 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .233
Navarro, D, C 3 0 0 0 1 0 2 .296
Gross, RF 4 1 1 0 0 0 2 .229
Bartlett, SS 4 1 1 1 0 0 1 .266
Totals 35 7 10 7 2 1 9  

BATTING
2B: Gross (11, Nippert), Upton, B (28, Nippert), Hinske (19, Nippert), Aybar, W (12, Loe).
HR: Pena, C (25, 3rd inning off Nippert, 2 on, 1 out), Upton, B (8, 4th inning off Nippert, 1 on, 2 out).
TB: Bartlett; Gross 2; Upton, B 7; Pena, C 4; Zobrist; Aybar, W 3; Hinske 2.
RBI: Upton, B 3 (57), Pena, C 3 (71), Bartlett (21).
2-out RBI: Bartlett; Upton, B 2.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Hinske.
GIDP: Gross.
Team RISP: 5-for-9.
Team LOB: 3.

 
Texas AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Kinsler, 2B 4 1 1 0 0 0 0 .319
  Vazquez, R, 2B 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .308
Boggs, LF 4 0 1 1 1 1 2 .239
Young, M, SS 3 0 0 0 2 0 3 .289
Hamilton, CF 4 0 2 2 1 0 0 .304
Byrd, RF 4 0 1 0 1 1 7 .290
Laird, C 4 0 0 0 0 2 2 .284
Saltalamacchia, DH 3 1 1 0 1 2 0 .239
Davis, C, 1B 3 1 0 0 1 3 2 .259
Metcalf, 3B 4 1 1 1 0 1 2 .171
Totals 33 4 7 4 8 10 18  

BATTING
2B: Kinsler (41, Kazmir), Hamilton (28, Kazmir).
HR: Metcalf (2, 5th inning off Kazmir, 0 on, 0 out).
TB: Hamilton 3; Kinsler 2; Metcalf 4; Boggs; Saltalamacchia; Byrd.
RBI: Hamilton 2 (114), Metcalf (5), Boggs (33).
2-out RBI: Hamilton 2.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Davis, C; Byrd 5.
Team RISP: 1-for-8.
Team LOB: 10.

FIELDING
DP: 2 (Young, M-Kinsler-Davis, C, Kinsler-Davis, C).

 
Tampa Bay IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Kazmir (W, 9-6) 6.0 4 2 2 4 7 1 3.21
Bradford 1.0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2.20
Miller, T 0.1 1 0 0 0 0 0 4.50
Salas 1.0 1 2 2 1 2 0 18.00
Balfour 0.1 0 0 0 3 0 0 1.19
Wheeler, D (S, 5) 0.1 0 0 0 0 1 0 2.60
 
Texas IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Nippert (L, 1-3) 4.0 8 7 7 0 1 2 7.83
Loe 5.0 2 0 0 2 0 0 2.93

IBB: Hamilton (by Balfour).
Pitches-strikes: Kazmir 114-72, Bradford 10-8, Miller, T 9-5, Salas 27-17, Balfour 25-10, Wheeler, D 5-4, Nippert 74-45, Loe 59-35.
Groundouts-flyouts: Kazmir 3-5, Bradford 3-0, Miller, T 0-1, Salas 0-0, Balfour 1-0, Wheeler, D 0-0, Nippert 4-6, Loe 7-4.
Batters faced: Kazmir 26, Bradford 4, Miller, T 2, Salas 4, Balfour 4, Wheeler, D 1, Nippert 20, Loe 17.
Inherited runners-scored: Salas 1-0, Balfour 2-2, Wheeler, D 3-0.
Umpires: HP: Fieldin Culbreth. 1B: Jim Reynolds. 2B: Tim Timmons. 3B: Gary Cederstrom.
Weather: 84 degrees, cloudy.
Wind: 4 mph, Out to RF.
T: 3:15.
Att: 18,363.
Venue: Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.
August 17, 2008
August 17, 2008

Box score official statistics approved by Major League Baseball Office of the Commissioner
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