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Shields struggles
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Rangers 8, Rays 3
Gabe Kapler hit his seventh homer of the season in the third inning. (Tony Gutierrez/AP)
James Shields allowed five runs in seven innings and took the loss. Gabe Kapler kicked off a three-run third inning with a solo home run, his seventh of the season, and Evan Longoria and Ben Zobrist added RBI singles, but the Rays were unable to counter the Rangers' late runs as they swallowed the loss.
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Series at a glance:
TB
Tampa Bay (78-75)
Lost 1
Texas 8, Tampa Bay 3   TEX
Texas (84-69)
Won 1
September 25, 2009
   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   R   H   E 
Tampa Bay
0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0   3 6 0
Texas
2 1 0 1 1 0 0 3 X   8 8 1
Standings thru 9/25/09  |  Recap: TB | TEX  |  Gameday  |  Rays stats  |  Rangers stats
Tampa Bay AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Bartlett, SS 2 1 0 0 2 0 0 .318
Crawford, C, LF 2 1 0 0 2 1 3 .304
Longoria, 3B 4 0 1 1 0 1 3 .283
Zobrist, 2B 4 0 1 1 0 1 0 .287
Burrell, DH 4 0 0 0 0 1 2 .228
Aybar, W, 1B 4 0 1 0 0 1 0 .253
Kapler, RF 2 1 1 1 0 0 0 .237
  a-Gross, PH-RF 2 0 0 0 0 1 1 .237
Navarro, D, C 3 0 0 0 0 1 0 .218
  b-Zaun, PH 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .258
Upton, B, CF 3 0 2 0 0 0 0 .240
Totals 31 3 6 3 4 7 10  

a-Struck out for Kapler in the 6th. b-Grounded out for Navarro, D in the 9th.

BATTING
2B: Upton, B (31, Holland, D).
HR: Kapler (7, 3rd inning off Holland, D, 0 on, 0 out).
TB: Aybar, W; Longoria; Kapler 4; Upton, B 3; Zobrist.
RBI: Kapler (30), Longoria (109), Zobrist (78).
2-out RBI: Longoria; Zobrist.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Burrell; Zaun.
Team RISP: 2-for-5.
Team LOB: 5.

BASERUNNING
CS: Crawford, C (16, 2nd base by Holland, D/Rodriguez, I), Upton, B (14, 2nd base by Holland, D/Rodriguez, I).
PO: Upton, B (1st base by Holland, D).

FIELDING
DP: 3 (Zobrist, Zobrist-Aybar, W, Longoria-Aybar, W).

 
Texas AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Borbon, LF 4 2 3 0 0 0 0 .325
Andrus, SS 3 1 1 0 0 0 1 .268
Hamilton, DH 4 0 0 1 0 2 2 .267
Byrd, CF 3 1 1 2 1 0 1 .280
Blalock, 1B 3 0 0 0 1 1 1 .242
  1-Gentry, PR 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  Vizquel, 3B 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .269
Kinsler, 2B 2 2 1 3 2 0 0 .250
Murphy, Dv, RF 4 0 1 0 0 3 2 .276
Rodriguez, I, C 3 0 0 0 0 2 1 .249
Davis, C, 3B-1B 3 1 1 1 0 1 0 .220
Totals 29 8 8 7 4 9 8  

1-Ran for Blalock in the 8th.

BATTING
2B: Byrd (43, Shields), Borbon (3, Shields).
HR: Davis, C (20, 2nd inning off Shields, 0 on, 1 out), Kinsler (30, 8th inning off Balfour, 2 on, 2 out).
TB: Kinsler 4; Davis, C 4; Andrus; Borbon 4; Murphy, Dv; Byrd 2.
RBI: Byrd 2 (83), Davis, C (54), Hamilton (50), Kinsler 3 (83).
2-out RBI: Kinsler 3.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Murphy, Dv.
SAC: Andrus.
GIDP: Rodriguez, I.
Team RISP: 3-for-9.
Team LOB: 2.

BASERUNNING
SB: Borbon 2 (19, 2nd base off Shields/Navarro, D, 2nd base off Shields/Navarro, D).

FIELDING
E: Francisco, F (1, missed catch).
DP: (Kinsler-Blalock).
Pickoffs: Holland, D (Upton, B at 1st base).

 
Tampa Bay IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Shields (L, 10-12) 7.0 7 5 5 2 7 1 4.17
Balfour 1.0 1 3 3 2 2 1 5.01
 
Texas IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Holland, D (W, 8-12) 5.0 5 3 3 3 3 1 6.14
Feliz (H, 9) 1.0 1 0 0 0 1 0 1.84
O'Day (H, 20) 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1.77
Wilson, C (H, 19) 1.0 0 0 0 1 1 0 2.90
Francisco, F 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 3.21

WP: Shields.
Pitches-strikes: Shields 104-72, Balfour 28-15, Holland, D 91-56, Feliz 14-10, O'Day 7-6, Wilson, C 13-6, Francisco, F 24-17.
Groundouts-flyouts: Shields 6-2, Balfour 1-0, Holland, D 4-3, Feliz 0-1, O'Day 0-2, Wilson, C 0-0, Francisco, F 2-1.
Batters faced: Shields 28, Balfour 6, Holland, D 21, Feliz 4, O'Day 3, Wilson, C 3, Francisco, F 4.
Umpires: HP: Ed Rapuano. 1B: Paul Schrieber. 2B: Paul Nauert. 3B: Joe West.
Weather: 78 degrees, clear.
Wind: 3 mph, In from CF.
T: 2:38.
Att: 29,232.
Venue: Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.
September 25, 2009
September 25, 2009

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