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Crawford's double off Rivera lifts Rays to extra-inning triumph

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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NEW YORK -- The New York Yankees did plenty of walking -- just not enough hitting.

Carl Crawford delivered a tiebreaking double off Mariano Rivera in the 10th inning and the Tampa Bay Devil Rays beat New York 4-2 Wednesday night despite setting a team record by walking 14 batters.

"I guess it was one of those games you weren't supposed to win. We certainly had plenty of chances," Yankees manager Joe Torre said. "We did all the right things and the wrong things happened. These games spring up from out of nowhere. There's no explaining it."

Gary Sheffield hit a two-run homer for the Yankees, who wasted a strong start by Chien-Ming Wang and fell to 1-9 when scoring fewer than six runs. They stranded 16 runners, the last three when Shawn Camp retired Sheffield on a bases-loaded grounder for his second save.

"We got ourselves in some holes. Fortunately tonight we were able to dig ourselves out," said third baseman Ty Wigginton, who knocked down Sheffield's hard grounder and calmly threw to first for the final out. "I'm sure if you ask anybody around here, you're not going to expect to win too many ballgames when you walk that many guys. But they pitched their hearts out and came through with the 'W' for us."

Jason Giambi drew four of New York's walks, but incredibly, none of those batters came around to score. The Yankees had their leadoff man reach nine times in 10 innings, with seven walks and two hits.

It was the first time in exactly 13 years that a team won when it walked at least 14 in 10 innings or less, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. Philadelphia walked 14 and beat San Francisco 9-8 in 10 innings on April 26, 1993.

"That's the game of baseball -- amazing things happen," Rivera said.

The Devil Rays snapped a four-game skid and improved to 2-6 on their nine-game trip. New York had won three in a row.

Chad Orvella (1-1) pitched three hitless innings, walking four.

Joey Gathright singled on an 0-2 pitch leading off the 10th against Rivera (0-2) and stole second. After Nick Green walked, Crawford sliced an RBI double over third baseman Alex Rodriguez for a 3-2 lead.

"I just tried to fight it off and luckily it got over Alex's head," Crawford said.

Wigginton added a bases-loaded sacrifice fly to right, his second RBI of the game.

Rivera gave up four hits in two innings, his longest outing of the year.

"I want that back -- 0-2 I have a lot to play with. I didn't finish Gathright and everything was bad after that. It wasn't away enough, it was over the plate," Rivera said. "I made a lot of mistakes."

The Devil Rays put hard-hitting second baseman Jorge Cantu on the 15-day disabled list before the game, leaving them without three-quarters of their starting infield.

Cantu, who hit 28 homers with 117 RBI last season, has a broken bone on the top of his left foot and is expected to miss two to three weeks.

Crawford, who missed Tuesday night's 9-1 loss to attend his grandmother's funeral, drew a walk in the first inning, stole second and scored on Wigginton's two-out single.

In the second, Damon Hollins singled and stole second before scoring on an RBI grounder by Gathright.

Sheffield connected in the fifth off starter Seth McClung, tying Frank Thomas for 27th place on baseball's career list with 453 homers.

Pitching in short sleeves on a 50-degree night, the 6-foot-6, 250-pound McClung walked the leadoff batter in the first four innings but escaped unscathed despite throwing 87 pitches.

The right-hander, who entered with a 10.90 ERA in four starts, threw 58 strikes and 56 balls in five innings. He has walked 22 batters in 22 1/3 innings.

Wang gave up two runs and three hits, all singles, in seven innings. He retired 12 in a row during one stretch and did not yield a hit after the third.

The Yankees ran themselves into an inning-ending double play in the sixth. With runners at second and third, Robinson Cano and Bubba Crosby were both tagged out in rundowns after Derek Jeter's grounder to third.

"This was a real intense game," Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon said. "I think it was a growth moment for our group."

Notes

  • Johnny Damon tied a career high with three stolen bases for the Yankees. He also had three steals exactly six years before with Kansas City against Tampa Bay.
  • Cano extended his team-high hitting streak to 13 games, matching a career best. It is the longest current streak in the majors.
  • Tampa Bay is also missing injured SS Julio Lugo (abdominal strain) and third baseman Aubrey Huff (sprained left knee). Speedy outfielder Rocco Baldelli has been on the DL all season, too.
  • The Yankees have not made an error in eight games at home, where they are 6-2.
  • New York reliever Kyle Farnsworth struck out two in a perfect eighth.
 
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Derek Jeter walks off the field as the Devil Rays celebrate the final out and the victory.  (AP)
Derek Jeter walks off the field as the Devil Rays celebrate the final out and the victory. (AP)

Players of the Game
New York

G. Sheffield
AB 5
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 2
Tampa Bay

T. Wigginton
AB 4
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 2
 

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Tampa Bay Devil Rays
Carl Crawford, LF4111121 .266
Tomas Perez, SS5000013 .218
Jonny Gomes, DH3010201 .300
Ty Wigginton, 3B4022011 .297
Travis Lee, 1B5010005 .205
Damon Hollins, RF4110022 .296
Josh Paul, C3000001 .250
   a- Toby Hall, PH-C1000002 .339
Joey Gathright, CF3111100 .222
Nick Green, 2B3100111 .088
Totals354745717 
a-flied out for Paul in the 9th
Batting
2B - Carl Crawford (3, M. Rivera)
SF - Ty Wigginton (1)
RBI - Carl Crawford (9), Ty Wigginton 2 (22), Joey Gathright (3)
2-OUT RBI - Ty Wigginton (9)
SB - Carl Crawford (5, 2nd base off Wang/Posada), Damon Hollins (1, 2nd base off Wang/Posada), Joey Gathright 2 (5, 2nd base off Wang/Posada, 2nd base off M. Rivera/Posada)
CS - Joey Gathright (2, 2nd base by Wang/Posada), Nick Green (2, 2nd base by Wang/Posada)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Wigginton-Paul-Green-T. Perez, Green-T. Perez-Lee
Tampa Bay Devil Rays
Seth McClung 5322751 9.27
Travis Harper 1200100 2.79
Chad Orvella (W,1-1) 3000410 1.69
Dan Miceli (H,1) 0.2100220 6.00
Shawn Camp (S,2) 0.1000000 2.53
IBB - Matsui by Seth McClung
Pitches-Strikes - Seth McClung 114-58, Travis Harper 18-9, Chad Orvella 48-21, Dan Miceli 22-11, Shawn Camp 4-2
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Seth McClung 1-9, Travis Harper 2-0, Chad Orvella 6-1, Shawn Camp 1-0
Batters Faced - Seth McClung 25, Travis Harper 5, Chad Orvella 12, Dan Miceli 5, Shawn Camp 1
New York Yankees
Johnny Damon, DH3110211 .286
Derek Jeter, SS4010213 .384
Gary Sheffield, RF5112108 .338
Alex Rodriguez, 3B4000124 .292
Jason Giambi, 1B1000401 .340
    Miguel Cairo, PR-1B0000000 .313
Hideki Matsui, LF4000104 .257
Jorge Posada, C4000116 .279
Robinson Cano, 2B4020122 .358
Bubba Crosby, CF2010102 .143
   a- Bernie Williams, PH1000011 .239
Totals3226214832 
a-struck out for Crosby in the 10th
Batting
HR - Gary Sheffield (4, McClung)
SH - Johnny Damon (2), Bubba Crosby (1)
RBI - Gary Sheffield 2 (16)
SB - Johnny Damon 3 (5, 2nd base off McClung/Paul, 2nd base off McClung/Paul, 2nd base off Orvella/Paul), Alex Rodriguez (3, 2nd base off McClung/Paul), Bubba Crosby (1, 2nd base off McClung/Paul)
Team LOB - 16
New York Yankees
Chien-Ming Wang 7322330 4.80
Kyle Farnsworth 1000020 3.86
Mariano Rivera (L,0-2) 2422220 4.91
IBB - Gomes by Mariano Rivera
Pitches-Strikes - Chien-Ming Wang 99-59, Kyle Farnsworth 12-9, Mariano Rivera 38-23
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chien-Ming Wang 9-8
Batters Faced - Chien-Ming Wang 26, Kyle Farnsworth 3, Mariano Rivera 12
Game Information
Attendance - 35642
Game Time - 3:56
Temperature - 50
Umpires - Home - Derryl Cousins, First Base - Chris Guccione, Second Base - Jeff Nelson, Third Base - Tim Timmons