Oakland at Tampa Bay

Tampa Bay
W: S. Kazmir (2-4) L: J. Blanton (0-5)
HR: OAK - None   TB - C. Crawford (5), D. Hollins (5), J. Phelps (4)

Crawford, Devil Rays explode in first vs. Athletics

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Tampa Bay manager Lou Piniella never had a first inning like this.

Carl Crawford tripled and homered during a 10-run first, and Scott Kazmir won his second straight start as the Devil Rays beat the Oakland Athletics 14-6 Wednesday night.

Tampa Bay set a team record for runs scored in the first inning and was one shy of the club mark for any frame, set in the eighth inning of a 14-4 win over Seattle on May 28, 2000.

"That was as fine a first inning as I've ever seen," Piniella said. "Crawford got us started. Everybody was involved. I don't remember seeing an inning like that to start a ballgame."

Crawford finished with three RBI in his first multihit game since May 9.

Kazmir (2-4), a 21-year-old left-hander acquired from the New York Mets last summer, gave up two runs -- one earned -- and seven hits in six innings.

"We were just teeing off," Kazmir said. "It was awesome."

Oakland, which held a players-only meeting before batting practice, has lost four straight and 13 of 16.

"I guess you could say it didn't work," third baseman Eric Chavez said. "We're just going through a bad time and we've all just got to pull out of it. Right now, as we're getting our licking, you've got to keep your head up and keep going. You can't quit."

At 17-28, the Athletics fell 11 games under .500 for the first time since finishing the 1998 season with a 74-88 record.

"I know our club's better than this," Oakland manager Ken Macha said. "We're not lighting it up on any aspect of the game."

Joe Blanton (0-5) gave up eight runs -- seven earned -- six hits and a walk in one-third of an inning. He has lasted five innings or fewer in four of his last five starts.

"Coming out of the bullpen, that's the best I've felt in four or five starts at least," Blanton said. "Sometimes you feel awful going into the game and wind up going six innings and don't give up a run. Some days you come out feeling great and it happens like this."

Tampa Bay's first eight hitters reached against Blanton, whose ERA to rose from 5.15 to 6.55.

"You have to be pleased with the ballgame, you're going to be pleased with effort and you're got to be pleased that our young starter got his second win in a row," Piniella said.

It was the shortest non-injury related outing by an Oakland starter since Blake Stein faced eight batters without recording an out at Cleveland on Aug. 31, 1998. The Athletics also allowed 10 runs in the first inning in that game, a 15-6 loss to the Indians.

Crawford tripled and scored on Julio Lugo's double, Damon Hollins had an infield single and Travis Lee made it 2-0 with a double.

Josh Phelps walked, and Jorge Cantu hit a two-run double. Alex Sanchez drove in a run with an infield hit and Nick Green hit a sacrifice fly to make it 6-0.

Britt Reames, who had been called up before the game from Triple-A Sacramento, relieved and gave up a three-run homer to Crawford on an 0-2 pitch. Hollins added his fourth homer in five games, a solo shot.

"I've never been through anything like that," Crawford said.

Reames gave up five runs and seven hits in 4 2/3 innings.

"No one wants to lose like that," Reames said. "There's not one guy in here that doesn't feel embarrassed about it."

Tampa Bay reliever Jon Switzer walked five and got just three outs, allowing four runs -- three earned. Devil Rays' pitchers walked eight in becoming the first AL team to surpass 200 this season.


  • Sanchez bruised his right shin when he fouled a ball off it in the fourth. He finished the at-bat but left after grounding out. X-rays were negative, and he's day to day.
  • The Athletics activated OF Nick Swisher (right shoulder) from the 15-day DL. They also optioned OF Matt Watson to Sacramento and designated OF Jermaine Clark for assignment.
  • Tampa Bay RF Aubrey Huff missed his second straight game with a stomach virus.
  • Athletics RHP Justin Duchscherer, slowed by back pain, threw a scoreless inning in his first appearance in 13 games.
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Joe Blanton gives up eight runs -- seven earned -- six hits and a walk in one-third of an inning. (AP)
Joe Blanton gives up eight runs -- seven earned -- six hits and a walk in one-third of an inning. (AP)

Players of the Game
Tampa Bay

C. Crawford
AB 5
R 2
H 2
HR 1
Tampa Bay

D. Hollins
AB 4
R 2
H 3
HR 1

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Oakland Athletics
Mark Kotsay, CF3021010 .294
    Charles Thomas, CF2000003 .098
Eric Byrnes, LF4100125 .254
Jason Kendall, C3010001 .235
   a- Adam Melhuse, PH-C2100011 .095
Eric Chavez, 3B4000024 .219
   b- Keith Ginter, PH1012000 .177
Bobby Kielty, RF4020100 .316
Scott Hatteberg, DH4100123 .280
Mark Ellis, 2B3210203 .276
Nick Swisher, 1B3100205 .210
Marco Scutaro, SS3022100 .252
a-struck out for Kendall in the 7th
b-doubled for Chavez in the 9th
2B - Keith Ginter (3, Switzer)
RBI - Mark Kotsay (22), Keith Ginter 2 (18), Marco Scutaro 2 (12)
2-OUT RBI - Marco Scutaro 2 (9)
PK - Mark Kotsay (1, Kazmir)
Team LOB - 11
DP - Ellis-Scutaro-Swisher, Scutaro-Ellis-Swisher
E - Eric Chavez (8, Misplayed grounder)
Oakland Athletics
Joe Blanton (L,0-5) 0.1687100 6.55
Britt Reames 4.2755222 9.64
Justin Duchscherer 1000000 1.27
Tim Harikkala 1000000 10.29
Juan Cruz 1211011 8.00
HBP - Cantu (by Britt Reames)
WP - Britt Reames (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Joe Blanton 32-21, Britt Reames 82-49, Justin Duchscherer 5-4, Tim Harikkala 13-8, Juan Cruz 14-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Joe Blanton 1-1, Britt Reames 5-6, Justin Duchscherer 1-2, Tim Harikkala 2-1, Juan Cruz 1-0
Batters Faced - Joe Blanton 9, Britt Reames 23, Justin Duchscherer 3, Tim Harikkala 3, Juan Cruz 4
Tampa Bay Devil Rays
Carl Crawford, LF5223012 .258
Julio Lugo, SS5122000 .277
Damon Hollins, CF4231100 .348
Travis Lee, 1B4111101 .286
Josh Phelps, DH4321113 .286
Jorge Cantu, 3B4222010 .275
Alex Sanchez, RF2112001 .343
    Eduardo Perez, RF1000000 .259
Toby Hall, C4100001 .320
Nick Green, 2B3122000 .313
2B - Julio Lugo 2 (7, Blanton, Reames), Travis Lee (7, Blanton), Jorge Cantu (8, Blanton), Nick Green (5, Reames)
3B - Carl Crawford (3, Blanton)
HR - Carl Crawford (5, Reames), Damon Hollins (5, Reames), Josh Phelps (4, Cruz)
SF - Alex Sanchez (1), Nick Green (1)
RBI - Carl Crawford 3 (25), Julio Lugo 2 (23), Damon Hollins (12), Travis Lee (12), Josh Phelps (23), Jorge Cantu 2 (20), Alex Sanchez 2 (8), Nick Green 2 (12)
2-OUT RBI - Julio Lugo (4), Damon Hollins (8), Josh Phelps (9), Nick Green (6)
Team LOB - 4
DP - Green-Lugo-Lee
E - Jorge Cantu 2 (6, Wild throw), Nick Green (4, Wild throw)
Tampa Bay Devil Rays
Scott Kazmir (W,2-4) 6721250 4.13
Seth McClung 1000110 10.80
Jon Switzer 1243510 6.75
Lance Carter 1000010 4.10
WP - Scott Kazmir (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Scott Kazmir 105-68, Seth McClung 16-7, Jon Switzer 45-19, Lance Carter 16-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Scott Kazmir 6-6, Seth McClung 1-1, Jon Switzer 1-2, Lance Carter 1-1
Batters Faced - Scott Kazmir 26, Seth McClung 4, Jon Switzer 11, Lance Carter 3
Game Information
Attendance - 8785
Game Time - 3:00
Temperature - 72
Umpires - Home - Gerry Davis, First Base - Bill Hohn, Second Base - Doug Eddings, Third Base - Bruce Dreckman