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