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Devil Rays 2, Rangers 1

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Devil Rays manager Lou Piniella knows exactly why his team is playing well.

"The secret really is for our starting pitchers to give us an opportunity," Piniella said. "That's exactly what happened here."

Seth McClung allowed one run and three hits in seven innings, leading Tampa Bay Devil Rays past the Texas Rangers 2-1 on Friday night.

McClung (4-7) struck out five and walked one as the Devil Rays improved to 21-12 since the All-Star break.

"I didn't feel like I had my best stuff," McClung said. "I really just try to keep the game close. The team won this game."

Joe Borowski ran his scoreless stretch to 16 1/3 innings with a perfect eighth before Danys Baez got three outs for his 27th save in 34 opportunities.

"I go out there with the belief that I can get everybody I face out," said Borowski, who signed with Tampa Bay on July 11 after being released by the Chicago Cubs. "That's key. When the inevitable happens, I'll look back on it, but right now you've just got to ride with it. I'm just going to run with this as long as it lasts."

Alex Gonzalez had an RBI single during a two-run sixth for Tampa Bay, which has won three straight and six of seven. Center fielder Joey Gathright made a leaping catch at the wall to take an extra-base hit away from Alfonso Soriano in the seventh.

"I'll try to catch everything hit," Gathright said. "I didn't know the wall was that close. All I was thinking was see the ball, catch the ball."

The Rangers got a run-scoring single from Mark Teixeira, one of their three hits overall. It's only the third time this year they have been held to three or fewer. Texas has lost 10 of 11 during a 13-game road trip.

Jonny Gomes opened the Tampa Bay sixth with a double and went to third on Travis Lee's single. Lee screened second baseman Soriano on Gonzalez's single that wound up in center and drove in Gomes.

"Tough play," Texas manager Buck Showalter said.

Toby Hall put the Devil Rays up 2-1 with a sacrifice fly later in the sixth.

Texas took a 1-0 lead on Teixeira's run-scoring single off McClung in the first. He has 12 RBI in his last 14 games.

McClung retired 13 straight after Teixeira's hit before Adrian Gonzalez singled with two outs in the fifth.

Tampa Bay had two hits in the first and one in each of the next four innings, but failed to score. Gomes popped out to end the first with runners on first and third. Julio Lugo singled and then stole second and third in the fifth, but was stranded when Juan Dominguez (0-3) struck out Aubrey Huff for the third out.

Dominguez allowed two runs and nine hits over 5 1/3 innings in his second start and 14th appearance of the season. He struck out five and walked one.

"I felt fine," Dominguez said. "Everything was working. You have to give them credit for adjusting to me."

Notes

McClung won consecutive starts for the first since May 2003. He missed last season after undergoing right elbow surgery. ... Rangers RF Kevin Mench was back in the lineup after missing two games with a sore back and went 0-for-3. ... Lugo started after being limited to pinch-hitting duty the previous two games because of a sore left hand. ... Dominguez threw 105 pitches. ... The Rangers, who lead the majors with 199 homers, have not connected in two straight games for the fourth time this season.

 
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Players of the Game
Tampa Bay

A. Gonzalez
AB 3
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
Tampa Bay

S. McClung
IP 7.0
H 3
ER 1
BB 1
K 5
 
Texas Rangers
David Dellucci, LF3100110 .260
Michael Young, SS4000000 .323
Mark Teixeira, 1B3021100 .279
Hank Blalock, 3B4000013 .276
Alfonso Soriano, 2B4000012 .283
Gary Matthews Jr., CF3000010 .278
Kevin Mench, RF3000000 .270
Adrian Gonzalez, DH3010010 .222
Rod Barajas, C3000011 .256
Totals30131266 
Batting
RBI - Mark Teixeira (98)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
DP - Young-Teixeira
Texas Rangers
Juan Dominguez (L,0-3) 5.1922150 5.11
Steve Karsay 2.2000020 4.91
Pitches-Strikes - Juan Dominguez 105-73, Steve Karsay 22-17
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Juan Dominguez 6-5, Steve Karsay 5-0
Batters Faced - Juan Dominguez 26, Steve Karsay 7
Tampa Bay Devil Rays
Julio Lugo, SS4010010 .295
Carl Crawford, LF4010001 .287
Jorge Cantu, 2B3020100 .291
Aubrey Huff, RF4000014 .262
    Damon Hollins, RF0000000 .258
Jonny Gomes, DH4110022 .280
Travis Lee, 1B4120010 .272
Alex Gonzalez, 3B3021011 .269
Toby Hall, C2001002 .282
Joey Gathright, CF3000012 .284
Totals312921712 
Batting
2B - Jonny Gomes (6, Dominguez)
SF - Toby Hall (5)
RBI - Alex Gonzalez (29), Toby Hall (38)
SB - Julio Lugo 2 (32, 2nd base off Dominguez/Barajas, 3rd base off Dominguez/Barajas)
Team LOB - 7
Tampa Bay Devil Rays
Seth McClung (W,4-7) 7311150 6.63
Joe Borowski (H,12) 1000000 2.63
Danys Baez (S,27) 1000110 2.80
Pitches-Strikes - Seth McClung 96-61, Joe Borowski 16-11, Danys Baez 19-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Seth McClung 8-8, Joe Borowski 2-1, Danys Baez 1-1
Batters Faced - Seth McClung 25, Joe Borowski 3, Danys Baez 4
Game Information
Attendance - 10188
Game Time - 2:20
Temperature - 72
Umpires - Home - Mike DiMuro, First Base - Brian Gorman, Second Base - Mark Carlson, Third Base - Joe West