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He thought the park's dimensions were just fine afterward.
"I didn't hit one out in batting practice so I was definitely just trying to hit line drives," Crawford said after his third career multihomer game. "I wasn't even thinking about home runs today."
Corcoran (2-0) allowed three hits in his third career start with Tampa Bay.
Washington, reeling after a 1-8 road trip to Boston, Baltimore and Toronto, had its worst loss of the season. The RFK Stadium crowd of 21,854 reserved most of its noise to boo the home team, which lost its fourth straight.
At the midway point, the Nationals are a season-worst 15 games under .500 and in last place in the National League East. Last year, the Nationals were 50-31 and in first place after 81 games.
Second baseman Jose Vidro, who was drafted out of high school by the Montreal Expos in 1992 and remained in the organization through the team's toughest years -- before sparse crowds at Olympic Stadium and in "home" series in Puerto Rico -- said this stretch has been the worst.
"Looking back at the times back at Montreal, and the times here last year I don't remember, this organization, this ballclub being this bad," Vidro said. "It's frustrating. ... In the time that I've been here this is the worst."
Corcoran struck out eight and walked three, and allowed only one Nationals runner to reach third. He has allowed two runs in 15 1/3 innings this year.
Not bad for a minor league journeyman, who was twice selected in the Rule 5 draft and had a 5.96 ERA in 10 major league appearances last year.
"I felt like I could throw it and get outs," Corcoran said. "I felt like I could throw any pitch in there and get an out. I just let the infielders play."
Nationals rookie Michael O'Connor (3-5) struggled in five innings, allowing five runs, eight hits and two home runs in his shortest outing since May 13. Reliever Jason Bergmann followed with two rough innings, giving up six runs and nine hits, including three home runs.
Tampa Bay's Julio Lugo led off the third with a single for his eighth consecutive plate appearance reaching base and Crawford followed with a home run to right field to make it 3-0. In the fifth, Crawford reached on an infield single to lead off the inning, and Baldelli followed with a home run to increase the lead to five.
Crawford and Cantu both hit two-run homers off Bergmann in the sixth. It was Crawford's 12th drive of the season and Cantu's fourth.
"We do have some power but our biggest concern is hitting with runners in scoring position and we did that," manager Joe Maddon said.
Lugo went 3-for-5 and scored two runs and Crawford went 3-for-4 and scored three times.
Ryan Zimmerman singled in Royce Clayton in the eighth for the Nationals.
|Tim Corcoran improves to 2-0 by throwing seven innings and striking out eight batters. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
|Tampa Bay Devil Rays|
|Julio Lugo, SS||5||2||3||0||0||0||1||.306|
|Tomas Perez, SS||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.168|
|Carl Crawford, LF||4||3||3||4||0||1||2||.311|
|Rocco Baldelli, CF||5||2||3||4||0||0||0||.355|
|Jorge Cantu, 2B||5||1||1||2||0||0||2||.293|
|Aubrey Huff, 3B||3||0||3||0||1||0||0||.263|
|Travis Lee, 1B||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.201|
|Ty Wigginton, 1B-3B||4||0||1||0||1||1||2||.257|
|Damon Hollins, RF||5||1||1||1||0||2||4||.230|
|Dioner Navarro, C||4||2||2||0||1||0||0||.284|
|Tim Corcoran, P||3||0||0||0||0||2||3||.000|
|Edwin Jackson, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Jonny Gomes, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.248|
|Jon Switzer, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-grounded out for Jackson in the 9th|
|2B - Aubrey Huff 3 (10, O'Connor, O'Connor, Bergmann)|
|HR - Carl Crawford 2 (12, O'Connor, Bergmann), Rocco Baldelli (4, O'Connor), Jorge Cantu (4, Bergmann), Damon Hollins (10, Bergmann)|
|SH - Carl Crawford (8), Tim Corcoran (1)|
|RBI - Carl Crawford 4 (41), Rocco Baldelli 4 (14), Jorge Cantu 2 (25), Damon Hollins (18)|
|2-OUT RBI - Carl Crawford 2 (25), Rocco Baldelli (4), Jorge Cantu 2 (15)|
|SB - Julio Lugo (12, 3rd base off O'Connor/Schneider)|
|Team LOB - 8|
|E - Dioner Navarro (2, throwing error)|
|Tampa Bay Devil Rays|
|Tim Corcoran (W,2-0)||7||3||0||0||3||8||0||1.17|
|Pitches-Strikes - Tim Corcoran 101-59, Edwin Jackson 34-19, Jon Switzer 13-9|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tim Corcoran 4-8, Jon Switzer 1-2|
|Batters Faced - Tim Corcoran 26, Edwin Jackson 7, Jon Switzer 4|
|Alfonso Soriano, LF||5||0||0||0||0||0||1||.267|
|Royce Clayton, SS||4||1||2||0||0||0||0||.266|
|Jose Vidro, 2B||3||0||1||0||1||1||1||.308|
|Nick Johnson, 1B||3||0||0||0||1||1||2||.300|
|Ryan Zimmerman, 3B||4||0||2||1||0||2||0||.271|
|Jose Guillen, RF||2||0||0||0||2||1||3||.204|
|Brian Schneider, C||3||0||0||0||1||0||3||.222|
|Marlon Byrd, CF||3||0||0||0||0||1||3||.228|
|Mike Stanton, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Robert Fick, PH||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||.260|
|Michael O'Connor, P||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.045|
|b- Matt LeCroy, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||1||.222|
|Jason Bergmann, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Marlon Anderson, CF||2||0||0||0||0||1||1||.259|
|a-singled for Stanton in the 9th|
|b-struck out for O'Connor in the 5th|
|RBI - Ryan Zimmerman (50)|
|2-OUT RBI - Ryan Zimmerman (14)|
|SB - Royce Clayton (5, 3rd base off Corcoran/Navarro)|
|CS - Ryan Zimmerman (5, 3rd base by Corcoran/Navarro)|
|Team LOB - 9|
|Outfield Assists - Alfonso Soriano 1|
|Michael O'Connor (L,3-5)||5||8||5||5||3||4||2||3.77|
|IBB - Navarro by Michael O'Connor, by Wigginton|
|Pitches-Strikes - Michael O'Connor 86-56, Jason Bergmann 50-37, Mike Stanton 16-12|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Michael O'Connor 6-4, Jason Bergmann 2-2, Mike Stanton 3-3|
|Batters Faced - Michael O'Connor 25, Jason Bergmann 15, Mike Stanton 6|
|Attendance - 21854|
|Game Time - 2:46|
|Temperature - 83|
|Umpires - Home - John Hirschbeck, First Base - Wally Bell, Second Base - Mark Carlson, Third Base - C.B. Bucknor|