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Devil Rays finish off first winning month with win over Nats

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WASHINGTON -- Carl Crawford had heard so many things about how spacious RFK Stadium was that power hitting was the last thing on his mind as the Devil Rays started a series with the Nationals.

He thought the park's dimensions were just fine afterward.

Crawford hit a pair of two-run homers, Tim Corcoran tossed seven shutout innings and Tampa Bay beat Washington 11-1 Friday night.

"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."

Rocco Baldelli, Jorge Cantu and Damon Hollins also homered for Tampa Bay, which set a season high for runs and tied their season best with 17 hits. The Devil Rays finished June with a 14-13 record.

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.

Notes

  • Nationals LHP Mike Stanton made the 1,071st appearance of his career, tying him for third on the career list with Hall-of-Famer Dennis Eckersley. Jesse Orosco is first with 1,252, followed by John Franco's 1,119.
  • Lugo singled in the first, third and seventh, giving him 17 hits in his last 27 at-bats.
  • 3B Aubrey Huff doubled three times, tying a Tampa Bay record achieved six previous times. Huff is 26-for-55 in interleague play; he entered the game with the majors' third-best average in interleague play.
  • The Devil Rays' last shutout was June 5 against the Los Angeles Angels.
  • Tampa Bay improved to 11-5 in interleague play. The Nationals dropped to 5-11.
 
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Tim Corcoran improves to 2-0 by throwing seven innings and striking out eight batters.  (AP)
Tim Corcoran improves to 2-0 by throwing seven innings and striking out eight batters. (AP)

Players of the Game
Tampa Bay

C. Crawford
AB 4
R 3
H 3
HR 2
RBI 4
Tampa Bay

T. Corcoran
IP 7.0
H 3
ER 0
BB 3
K 8
 
Tampa Bay Devil Rays
Julio Lugo, SS5230001 .306
    Tomas Perez, SS1000000 .168
Carl Crawford, LF4334012 .311
Rocco Baldelli, CF5234000 .355
Jorge Cantu, 2B5112002 .293
Aubrey Huff, 3B3030100 .263
    Travis Lee, 1B1000000 .201
Ty Wigginton, 1B-3B4010112 .257
Damon Hollins, RF5111024 .230
Dioner Navarro, C4220100 .284
Tim Corcoran, P3000023 .000
    Edwin Jackson, P0000000 .000
   a- Jonny Gomes, PH1000000 .248
    Jon Switzer, P0000000 .000
Totals411117113614 
a-grounded out for Jackson in the 9th
Batting
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
Fielding
E - Dioner Navarro (2, throwing error)
Tampa Bay Devil Rays
Tim Corcoran (W,2-0) 7300380 1.17
Edwin Jackson 1211210 6.75
Jon Switzer 1100000 2.45
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
Washington Nationals
Alfonso Soriano, LF5000001 .267
Royce Clayton, SS4120000 .266
Jose Vidro, 2B3010111 .308
Nick Johnson, 1B3000112 .300
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B4021020 .271
Jose Guillen, RF2000213 .204
Brian Schneider, C3000103 .222
Marlon Byrd, CF3000013 .228
    Mike Stanton, P0000000 .000
   a- Robert Fick, PH1010000 .260
Michael O'Connor, P1000010 .045
   b- Matt LeCroy, PH1000011 .222
    Jason Bergmann, P0000000 .000
    Marlon Anderson, CF2000011 .259
Totals321615915 
a-singled for Stanton in the 9th
b-struck out for O'Connor in the 5th
Batting
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
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Alfonso Soriano 1
Washington Nationals
Michael O'Connor (L,3-5) 5855342 3.77
Jason Bergmann 2966023 9.00
Mike Stanton 2000000 4.76
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
Game Information
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