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Power and ace
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Rays 5, Rangers 3
Ben Zobrist watches his fifth-inning homer clear the wall on Friday. (Mike Carlson/AP)
Scott Kazmir turned in a stellar performance, tossing 7 1/3 innings of three-run ball, while the Rays' offense flexed its muscle, with Ben Zobrist and Carlos Pena hitting back-to-back homers in the fifth. The win, combined with a Red Sox loss, has Tampa Bay three games back in the Wild Card race.
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Series at a glance:
TEX
Texas (68-53)
Lost 1
Tampa Bay 5, Texas 3   TB
Tampa Bay (66-55)
Won 1
August 21, 2009
   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   R   H   E 
Texas
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0   3 6 2
Tampa Bay
1 1 0 0 3 0 0 0 X   5 7 0
Standings thru 8/21/09  |  Recap: TEX | TB  |  Gameday  |  Rangers stats  |  Rays stats
Texas AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Kinsler, 2B 3 1 0 0 1 0 1 .247
Young, M, 3B 4 1 3 0 0 0 0 .326
Byrd, LF 4 0 1 1 0 1 3 .286
Jones, An, DH 4 0 0 1 0 2 4 .217
  1-Borbon, PR-DH 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .485
Hamilton, CF 4 0 0 0 0 1 0 .262
Cruz, N, RF 3 0 0 0 1 0 0 .266
Blalock, 1B 3 0 0 0 1 1 1 .240
Teagarden, C 4 1 1 1 0 1 2 .199
Andrus, SS 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 .270
Totals 32 3 6 3 3 6 11  

1-Ran for Jones, An in the 8th.

BATTING
2B: Young, M (35, Kazmir).
HR: Teagarden (6, 8th inning off Kazmir, 0 on, 0 out).
TB: Andrus; Young, M 4; Teagarden 4; Byrd.
RBI: Teagarden (21), Byrd (65), Jones, An (41).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Jones, An 2.
Team RISP: 1-for-4.
Team LOB: 5.

BASERUNNING
SB: Kinsler (24, 3rd base off Balfour/Zaun), Young, M (8, 2nd base off Balfour/Zaun).
CS: Borbon (1, 2nd base by Balfour/Zaun).

FIELDING
E: Teagarden (5, throw), Nippert (1, pickoff).
Pickoffs: Nippert (Upton, B at 2nd base).

 
Tampa Bay AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Bartlett, SS 3 1 1 1 0 0 0 .344
Crawford, C, LF 4 0 0 1 0 0 1 .318
Longoria, 3B 4 1 2 0 0 0 0 .278
Zobrist, 2B 3 1 2 2 1 0 1 .292
Pena, C, 1B 3 1 1 1 1 1 2 .214
Burrell, DH 3 0 0 0 1 2 3 .229
Zaun, C 3 0 0 0 1 0 2 .250
Gross, RF 3 1 1 0 0 0 1 .261
  a-Kapler, PH-RF 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .239
Upton, B, CF 3 0 0 0 1 1 3 .237
Totals 29 5 7 5 6 4 13  

a-Walked for Gross in the 8th.

BATTING
2B: Longoria (35, Nippert).
HR: Zobrist (22, 5th inning off Nippert, 1 on, 2 out), Pena, C (32, 5th inning off Nippert, 0 on, 2 out).
TB: Bartlett; Gross; Longoria 3; Pena, C 4; Zobrist 5.
RBI: Crawford, C (59), Bartlett (57), Zobrist 2 (67), Pena, C (80).
2-out RBI: Zobrist 2; Pena, C.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Burrell 2; Upton, B 2.
SAC: Bartlett.
Team RISP: 0-for-7.
Team LOB: 7.

BASERUNNING
SB: Bartlett (23, 2nd base off Nippert/Teagarden), Zobrist (15, 2nd base off Nippert/Teagarden).
CS: Upton, B (12, 3rd base by Nippert/Teagarden), Zaun (1, 2nd base by Eyre/Teagarden).
PO: Upton, B (2nd base by Nippert).

 
Texas IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Nippert (L, 4-2) 5.0 7 5 4 2 3 2 3.95
Eyre 2.0 0 0 0 1 0 0 3.48
Wilson, C 0.2 0 0 0 3 0 0 2.91
O'Day 0.1 0 0 0 0 1 0 1.83
 
Tampa Bay IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Kazmir (W, 8-7) 7.1 5 3 3 2 4 1 6.17
Balfour (H, 14) 0.2 1 0 0 0 0 0 4.37
Howell (S, 15) 1.0 0 0 0 1 2 0 2.15

WP: Wilson, C.
IBB: Burrell (by Wilson, C).
Pitches-strikes: Nippert 95-60, Eyre 17-11, Wilson, C 22-8, O'Day 3-3, Kazmir 106-67, Balfour 16-10, Howell 18-10.
Groundouts-flyouts: Nippert 6-3, Eyre 2-2, Wilson, C 1-0, O'Day 0-0, Kazmir 5-6, Balfour 1-0, Howell 1-0.
Batters faced: Nippert 24, Eyre 6, Wilson, C 5, O'Day 1, Kazmir 29, Balfour 2, Howell 4.
Inherited runners-scored: O'Day 3-0, Balfour 2-2.
Umpires: HP: Tim McClelland. 1B: Jerry Layne. 2B: Andy Fletcher. 3B: Greg Gibson.
Weather: 72 degrees, dome.
Wind: Indoors.
T: 2:53.
Att: 20,639.
Venue: Tropicana Field.
August 21, 2009
August 21, 2009

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