Jeff Niemann struck out one and walked two in 7 1/3 innings on Monday. (Darren Calabrese/AP)
By Erika Gilbert / MLB.com
The Rays knew Rod Barajas was making his first start since Friday, when he left the game with a sore hamstring, and they tried to take advantage of it. Tampa Bay stole three bases (and were caught twice) and used home runs by Carl Crawford and Pat Burrell to back a strong Jeff Niemann.
BATTING HR: Crawford, C (7, 3rd inning off Halladay, 1 on, 0 out), Burrell (3, 7th inning off Accardo, 0 on, 0 out). TB: Navarro, D; Bartlett 2; Gross 2; Crawford, C 5; Burrell 4. RBI: Crawford, C 2 (37), Burrell (23), Upton, B (30). Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Navarro, D. SF: Upton, B. GIDP: Pena, C, Longoria. Team RISP: 2-for-4. Team LOB: 3.
BASERUNNING SB: Crawford, C (40, 2nd base off Halladay/Barajas), Upton, B (29, 2nd base off Halladay/Barajas), Bartlett (17, 2nd
base off Accardo/Barajas). CS: Gross (3, 2nd base by Accardo/Barajas), Navarro, D (1, 2nd base by Accardo/Barajas).