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: 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).
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).