ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- Victor Zambrano made dubious history
and caused a few bruises in the process.
The Tampa Bay starter tied an AL record by hitting four batters
in the Devil Rays' 7-3 loss to the Texas Rangers on Saturday night.
Zambrano (6-5) became the 24th pitcher, and first since Scott
Schoeneweis on June 7, 2001, to hit four batters in a game."I don't want to hit anybody," Zambrano said. "I try to pitch
inside. My ball had a lot of movement today. I tied the record.
That's all I can say."Doug Glanville hit a two-run double in Texas' four-run second
inning. He went 3-for-5, and has 16 hits in 30 at-bats in his last
seven games for the Rangers."It felt like a long time coming," Glanville said. "Usually,
I like the summer. It's nice to get an opportunity to go out there
and get my groove."Joaquin Benoit (5-4) gave up three runs and six hits in five
innings for the win.Rangers right fielder Juan Gonzalez left with tightness in his
right calf during the second inning. He was hurt as he ran from
first to second base.Gonzalez is listed as day-to-day, but he didn't rule out the
possibility of missing some time."I don't know," Gonzalez said. "It's day by day now, but it
could. Right now, it's painful."The Texas slugger reached base after being hit in the arm by a
pitch from Zambrano. Gonzalez left after advancing to third on Mark
Teixeira's double.Gonzalez was in the starting lineup the past 13 games after
missing time with a sore right elbow, tight left groin and sore
left quadriceps last month.Glanville then drove in newly acquired Shane Spencer,
pinch-running for Gonzalez, and Teixeira to give Texas a 2-0 lead.
Einar Diaz's RBI single and Hank Blalock's sacrifice fly made it
4-0.Marlon Anderson hit a sacrifice fly and Antonio Perez had an RBI
double during the Devil Rays' three-run third, capped by Perez
scoring on an error by Diaz.Tampa Bay grounded into three double plays, committed two errors
and left six runners on base. Texas left 13 runners stranded."It wasn't a pretty game," Devil Rays manager Lou Piniella
said.Rafael Palmeiro gave Texas a 5-3 lead with an RBI grounder in
the eighth.Michael Young hit a two-run double in the ninth to make it 7-3.
Young went 2-for-5, and has 41 multihit games this season.Both benches were warned by plate umpire Alfonso Marquez in the
bottom of the fourth after Benoit threw his first pitch behind
Tampa Bay's Damian Rolls.Diaz and Young were hit by pitches by Zambrano on consecutive
at-bats in the top of the fourth."He's just trying to get the ball in there, that's his
strength," Young said. "He missed a couple times in. That's part
of the game. It's no biggie."Zambrano hit Diaz again in the fifth, but no action was taken by
the umpires. The right-hander, who allowed four runs, seven hits,
three walks and struck out five over five innings, has hit 12
batters this season.
Tampa Bay DH Ben Grieve remained hospitalized for a second
straight day with a small blood clot under his right armpit. He
will be re-evaluated Sunday. ... Zambrano has issued an AL-high 61
walks. ... Palmeiro singled in the first for his 2,712th hit. The
total ties him for 51st place on the career list with Dave Parker.
... Anderson started in left field, replacing the suspended Carl
Crawford. It's the first time Anderson has played the outfield
during his 565-game major league career. ... Crawford started
serving a three-game suspension for his participation in a fight
during a game with Pittsburgh last month. ... Rangers SS Alex
Rodriguez went 0-for-4. He has just two hits in his past 24
at-bats. ... Spencer, acquired from Cleveland in a three-player
deal Friday, stayed in after pinch-running for Gonzalez, went to
left field and was 0-for-4. Starting left fielder Laynce Nix moved