Final

Series: Game 1 of 3

Tampa Bay leads 1-0 (as of 8/2)

Game 1: Tuesday, August 2
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Game 2: Wednesday, August 3
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Game 3: Thursday, August 4
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Devil Rays 10

(41-66, 13-38 away)

Rangers 8

(53-52, 28-25 home)

    8:05 PM ET, August 2, 2005

    Globe Life Park in Arlington, Arlington, Texas 

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    TB 310401001 10 14 0
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    W: S. McClung (2-6)

    L: C. Young (8-7)

    S: D. Baez (21)

    Crawford drives in three runs for Tampa Bay

    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- Carl Crawford's speed helped the surging Tampa Bay Devil Rays to another victory.

    Crawford had two triples, two doubles and three RBI, and the Devil Rays hung on to beat the Texas Rangers 10-8 Tuesday night for Tampa Bay's season-high fifth straight win.

    "He could have had four triples," Tampa Bay manager Lou Piniella said. "He had a big game."

    Crawford matched a team record for the most extra-base hits in a game, previously set by Jose Cruz Jr. and Randy Winn, and took over the AL lead with 11 triples.

    "I just tried to put the bat on the ball to get some runs," Crawford said. "We needed every run."

    A native of Houston, Crawford said he feels relaxed whenever he plays in Texas.

    "I like coming back to Texas," Crawford said. "It feels like I'm back home."

    Alex Gonzalez homered and Jorge Cantu drove in three runs for the Devil Rays, who are 13-5 since the All-Star break.

    "We've got a lot of young kids we're trying to develop," Piniella said. "We're playing hard and giving ourselves a chance to win."

    Hank Blalock and Gary Matthews Jr. connected for the Rangers, who began a six-game homestand after a 5-2 road trip. Matthews had three hits, but Texas lost its sixth straight at home.

    Devil Rays starter Seth McClung (2-6) gave up seven runs and six hits over 5 1/3 innings. Danys Baez got three outs for his 21st save in 28 chances.

    Tampa Bay grabbed a 3-0 lead in the first against Chris Young (8-7) on consecutive RBI doubles by Crawford and Cantu, and a run-scoring single from Aubrey Huff.

    Gonzalez's solo homer in the second -- his sixth -- stretched the Devil Rays' advantage to 4-0.

    Texas rallied with a two-run second on Matthews' RBI single and Rod Barajas' run-scoring double.

    The Rangers took a 5-4 lead in the third, capitalizing on two walks by McClung followed by Blalock's three-run shot, his 20th.

    Tampa Bay went ahead 8-5 with a four-run fourth on Gonzalez's RBI double, Crawford's two-run triple and Cantu's sacrifice fly.

    "Our kids didn't back off," Piniella said. "They came out swinging."

    Young, who gave up seven runs and eight hits in 3 1-3 innings, hasn't won since June 30.

    Young has been unable to throw his breaking ball for strikes and opponents are waiting on his fastball.

    "Players have hot and cold spells and I'm in a cold one," Young said. "I need to get better and I will get better."

    Rangers manager Buck Showalter said Young, the only member of the team's rotation at the start of this season who's currently pitching, has put additional pressure on himself.

    "He's trying to keep his team in the game and he's frustrated that he isn't able to do that," Showalter said.

    The Devil Rays made it 9-5 in the sixth against reliever James Baldwin on Cantu's RBI double.

    In the sixth, Alfonso Soriano's RBI double off McClung and Matthews' two-run homer off Trever Miller -- Matthews' 12th -- got the Rangers to 9-8.

    Tampa Bay extended its lead to 10-8 in the ninth on Toby Hall's RBI single.

    Game notes


    A small fire on the roof of Ameriquest Field during the game -- started by embers from a fireworks display -- resulted in a visit from the local fire department and evacuation of a youth sports park inside the stadium. There were no injuries, according to Rangers media relations director Gregg Elkin. ...Blalock has 16 homers at home. ... Crawford had his fifth career two-triple game. ... Young has lasted four innings or less in five of his last six starts. ... McClung's last start against Texas was on May 22, 2003, his final appearance before Tommy John surgery. McClung pitched only 3 1-3 innings and got a no-decision in a 10-8 Rangers victory. ... Travis Lee of the Devil Rays left in the ninth after being hit in the right foot by a pitch from Kameron Loe. Lee is day-to-day.

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