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Hunter's first MLB win
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Rangers 3, Rays 1
Andruw Jones (left) celebrates with Hank Blalock, who hit a two-run homer in the fourth. (AP)
Tommy Hunter had pitched in five games over the past two seasons, but none had ended in victory for him. But in his sixth, the rookie earned his first Major League win -- and on his 23rd birthday. Hank Blalock smacked his 17th homer.
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Series at a glance:
  • Fri. 07/03: TEX 3, TB 1
  • Sat. 07/04: TEX 12, TB 4
  • Sun. 07/05: TEX 5, TB 2
TB
Tampa Bay (44-37)
Lost 2
Texas 3, Tampa Bay 1   TEX
Texas (43-35)
Won 3
July 3, 2009
   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   R   H   E 
Tampa Bay
0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0   1 3 2
Texas
0 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 X   3 5 1
Standings thru 7/3/09  |  Recap: TB | TEX  |  Gameday  |  Rays stats  |  Rangers stats
Tampa Bay AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Upton, B, CF 4 0 1 1 0 2 2 .246
Crawford, C, LF 4 0 1 0 0 0 2 .319
Longoria, 3B 3 0 0 0 1 0 1 .294
Pena, C, 1B 2 0 0 0 2 1 1 .236
Zobrist, 2B 4 0 0 0 0 1 3 .292
Burrell, DH 4 1 1 0 0 3 1 .225
Gross, RF 4 0 0 0 0 0 1 .274
Bartlett, SS 3 0 0 0 1 1 1 .357
Navarro, D, C 2 0 0 0 1 0 1 .211
Totals 30 1 3 1 5 8 13  

BATTING
TB: Upton, B; Crawford, C; Burrell.
RBI: Upton, B (32).
2-out RBI: Upton, B.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Upton, B; Crawford, C 2.
Team RISP: 1-for-4.
Team LOB: 7.

BASERUNNING
SB: Navarro, D (2, 2nd base off Hunter, T/Saltalamacchia).

FIELDING
E: Bartlett (6, throw), Zobrist (3, throw).

 
Texas AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Kinsler, 2B 4 1 0 0 0 0 1 .259
Young, M, 3B 3 0 0 0 1 1 1 .312
Byrd, CF 4 0 1 1 0 2 1 .286
Jones, An, LF 4 1 1 0 0 0 1 .239
  Murphy, Dv, LF 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .258
Blalock, DH 3 1 1 2 1 1 1 .247
Cruz, N, RF 4 0 1 0 0 1 1 .264
Saltalamacchia, C 2 0 0 0 1 2 2 .245
Davis, C, 1B 3 0 0 0 0 2 4 .201
Andrus, SS 3 0 1 0 0 1 2 .270
Totals 30 3 5 3 3 10 14  

BATTING
2B: Cruz, N (14, Kazmir), Byrd (26, Kazmir).
HR: Blalock (17, 4th inning off Kazmir, 1 on, 0 out).
TB: Andrus; Jones, An; Blalock 4; Cruz, N 2; Byrd 2.
RBI: Blalock 2 (37), Byrd (40).
2-out RBI: Byrd.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Davis, C 2; Jones, An; Andrus.
Team RISP: 2-for-8.
Team LOB: 6.

BASERUNNING
SB: Blalock (2, 2nd base off Nelson, J/Navarro, D).

FIELDING
E: Kinsler (6, fielding).
Outfield assists: Byrd (Crawford, C at 1st base).
DP: (Byrd-Davis, C).

 
Tampa Bay IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Kazmir (L, 4-5) 5.0 5 3 1 1 6 1 6.79
Nelson, J 0.1 0 0 0 2 1 0 4.41
Balfour 2.0 0 0 0 0 2 0 4.26
Choate 0.1 0 0 0 0 1 0 1.42
Wheeler, D 0.1 0 0 0 0 0 0 3.58
 
Texas IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Hunter, T (W, 1-1) 5.1 3 1 1 3 5 0 3.18
Jennings (H, 6) 1.2 0 0 0 1 2 0 3.45
Wilson, C (H, 6) 1.0 0 0 0 1 0 0 2.65
Francisco, F (S, 13) 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2.19

WP: Nelson, J.
IBB: Saltalamacchia (by Nelson, J).
Pitches-strikes: Kazmir 99-63, Nelson, J 17-7, Balfour 32-19, Choate 3-3, Wheeler, D 3-2, Hunter, T 90-55, Jennings 30-13, Wilson, C 20-10, Francisco, F 13-11.
Groundouts-flyouts: Kazmir 5-3, Nelson, J 0-0, Balfour 0-3, Choate 0-0, Wheeler, D 0-1, Hunter, T 6-2, Jennings 1-1, Wilson, C 3-0, Francisco, F 0-2.
Batters faced: Kazmir 22, Nelson, J 3, Balfour 6, Choate 1, Wheeler, D 1, Hunter, T 22, Jennings 6, Wilson, C 4, Francisco, F 3.
Inherited runners-scored: Balfour 2-0, Jennings 1-0.
Umpires: HP: Doug Eddings. 1B: Dana DeMuth. 2B: Hunter Wendelstedt. 3B: Brian Knight.
Weather: 100 degrees, clear.
Wind: 15 mph, In from CF.
T: 2:57.
Att: 39,123.
Venue: Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.
July 3, 2009
July 3, 2009

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