Ben Zobrist watches his fifth-inning homer clear the wall on Friday. (Mike Carlson/AP)
By Bill Chastain / MLB.com
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.
BATTING 2B: Young, M (35, Kazmir). HR: Teagarden (6, 8th inning off Kazmir, 0 on, 0 out). TB:
Young, M 4; Byrd; Teagarden 4; Andrus. 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.
Young, M (8, 2nd base off Balfour/Zaun), Kinsler (24, 3rd 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
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; Longoria 3; Zobrist 5; Pena, C 4; Gross. RBI:
Crawford (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
BASERUNNING SB: Zobrist (15, 2nd base off Nippert/Teagarden), Bartlett (23, 2nd base
off Nippert/Teagarden). CS: Zaun (1, 2nd base by Eyre/Teagarden), Upton, B (12, 3rd base by Nippert/Teagarden). PO:
Upton, B (2nd base by Nippert).
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