ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- Seattle shortstop Jose Lopez helped
Tampa Bay win without even touching the ball.
Carl Crawford scored the winning run when Lopez was called for
obstruction in the 10th inning, giving the Devil Rays a 2-1 win on
Crawford was on third with the bases loaded and one out when
Tino Martinez hit a fly ball to left field. On the play, Lopez
moved toward third and took a position between Crawford and left
fielder Raul Ibanez.
Third base umpire Paul Emmel ruled that Lopez obstructed
Crawford's view of the catch and awarded Crawford home.
"Once the umpire told me to go home, I went home," said
Crawford, who claimed he had to move to the side a little bit to
Devil Rays third base coach Tom Foley saw the play develop.
"On the replay, we saw the shortstop, when he came in behind
C.C., throw his shoulder up and that was the call," Foley said.
"(Crawford) was going to bluff it, go down the line and the throw
came in and he wasn't going. All of a sudden Paul yelled out
Lopez, who was charged with an error on the play, said he was
just covering third base.
"That's all I did," he said through an interpreter. "I was
doing everything all at once. I was looking at Raul, looking at
home, seeing what was going to happen. I looked back and the
umpires pointed at me. Everybody was in shock to see what
Seattle manager Bob Melvin argued the call unsuccessfully.
Crawford opened the 10th with a single off Clint Nageotte (1-6)
and went to second on Julio Lugo's sacrifice bunt. After Aubrey
Huff was intentionally walked, Rocco Baldelli loaded the bases by
drawing a walk on four pitches.
"I've never seen a game end like that," Tampa Bay manager Lou
Brazelton allowed one unearned run and two hits in eight
The Mariners didn't get a hit after Brazelton gave up singles to
Boone and Edgar Martinez in the third. Martinez was the only
Seattle baserunner after the third inning, reaching on a walk in
Seattle's Ichiro Suzuki went 0-for-4 with an intentional walk,
dropping his AL-leading average to .356.
Mariners starter Ryan Franklin gave up one run and seven hits
over seven innings.
Seattle failed to score after loading the bases with two outs in
the third. Brazelton ended the threat by retiring Justin Leone on a
fly to right.
Tampa Bay tied it at 1-all in the fourth when Baldelli scored
from third on Cruz's pop fly to shallow left that was caught by
"If Ibanez's catches it, Rock's not going to go," Foley said.
"When the shortstop caught it backing up, Rocco just took off.
It's a good play by him, heads up."
^Notes:@ Melvin said the game-ending play can't be protested because
it was a judgment call. ... The Mariners traded LHP Mike Myers to
Boston for a player to be named or cash. RHP Cha Seung Baek was
recalled from Triple-A Tacoma to replace Myers. ... Crawford stole
second in the first inning. He leads the majors with 46 stolen