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Nippert stumbles
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Rays 7, Rangers 4
Josh Hamilton makes an over-the-shoulder grab in Sunday's second inning. (Tony Gutierrez/AP)
Dustin Nippert made his first start since 2006 in place of Vicente Padilla, but even Travis Metcalf's solo blast and Josh Hamilton's two RBIs -- his 113th and 114th RBIs of the season -- couldn't undo the seven runs Nippert allowed as the Rangers watched the series slip away.
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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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