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DENVER -- Joe Maddon called Carlos Pena's monster shot into the third deck at Coors Field "prodigious."
The usually eloquent Pena couldn't come up with a better word than "blast."
"He had time," Pena said with a grin, adding that his manager probably went on the computer and looked up the word prodigious.
Maddon definitely had time to think of the perfect word choice after being tossed from the game in the seventh inning by home-plate umpire Ted Barrett for arguing a checked swing call.
Maddon even claimed he called Pena's home run, which was just the 27th homer at Coors Field to reach the third deck in right and first since a ball hit by Todd Helton on July 7, 2005.
"I did call it," Maddon said. "I said, 'He's going upper tank today."'
Jonny Gomes vouched for his manager. However, Gomes said it was called earlier in the game, not before Pena hit it in the sixth.
"He said it in the first inning," Gomes said. "And sure enough."
Gomes marveled at Pena's 452-foot blast, and Gomes also did damage with his bat, hitting a pair of two-run homers Sunday.
Gomes had quite the three-game series, going 7-for-11 with two doubles and two homers.
He definitely got Maddon's attention.
"Jonny wants to play every day," Maddon said. "I believe he's the kind of player and the kind of guy we're looking for. He brings a lot of energy."
Gomes doesn't think he's won anything yet, especially an every day job.
"This is tryout what number this year?" said Gomes, who was called back up from Triple-A Durham last Thursday. "I've got to keep going. A guy on a mission -- that's what you've got to be to stay up here."
Gomes had the fourth multi-homer game of his career and first since June 11 of last season against Kansas City. Gomes, who now has four homers this season, finished Sunday with three hits and four RBI.
Ty Wigginton extended his hitting streak to 11 games with two doubles and a single and Carl Crawford had four singles for the Devil Rays, who snapped a four-game losing streak.
The loss ended the Rockies' four-game winning streak and a bid for their first sweep at home this season.
Scott Kazmir (5-3) moved up the Devil Rays' all-time win list with his 26th career win, tying Albie Lopez and Esteban Yan for second place. Victor Zambrano leads with 35 wins.
Kazmir went six innings, giving up three runs and six hits. He also had his first major-league hit and RBI when he lined a single to left in the fifth to tie the score at 3.
He was beaming about the hit after the game. Kazmir borrowed a bat from B.J. Upton, but won't be able to return it since he cracked it on the bloop single.
"I'm going to have to get (another bat) for him," Kazmir said.
Aaron Cook (4-4) lost for the third time in four starts. He gave up 10 hits and a season-high six runs.
"I had trouble commanding my pitches," Cook said. "You leave pitches up in the zone, they get hit hard."
The Devil Rays rallied for a win for the 21st time this season, the most come-from-behind victories in the majors. The Rays trailed 3-2 before scoring a run in the fifth and three more in the sixth to take the lead.
"It's nice after they kicked us twice to come back and beat them like we did," Maddon said.
Matt Holliday walked twice and had two hits, including his 12th homer of the season. He leads the majors with 102 hits.
Brad Hawpe hit his 12th homer of the season in the eighth, a solo shot to right. Hawpe has now hit homers in three straight games.
Kaz Matsui knocked his second homer of the season, a solo shot to left in the first inning. It was his first homer from the right side of the plate since May 23, 2004, while he was with the New York Mets. That homer came against the Rockies.
As Maddon sat behind his desk, he couldn't stop grinning over the fact he called Pena's mammoth shot. Asked if his predictions always come true, Maddon laughed.
"I'm right all the time," he said.
Atkins has reached base on a walk or hit in 18 straight games. ... Reyes extended the club record with his 16th straight save. ... The Rockies have now won five straight series, which ties a club record. ... The Rays and Rockies combined for 14 homers at Coors, the most in a series this season. ... It's the first time Maddon's been ejected this season.
|Players of the Game|
|Tampa Bay Devil Rays|
|Akinori Iwamura, 3B||5||0||1||0||0||1||1||.315|
|Brendan Harris, SS||5||0||0||0||0||0||2||.313|
|Carl Crawford, LF||5||1||4||0||0||0||0||.292|
|Ty Wigginton, 2B||5||1||3||0||0||0||2||.282|
|Carlos Pena, 1B||4||1||2||2||0||0||3||.317|
|Delmon Young, CF||4||1||1||0||0||0||3||.264|
|Jonny Gomes, RF||3||3||3||4||1||0||0||.270|
|Dioner Navarro, C||4||0||0||0||0||0||3||.172|
|Scott Kazmir, P||2||0||1||1||0||0||0||.500|
|a- Elijah Dukes, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.191|
|Jay Witasick, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Gary Glover, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Greg Norton, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.188|
|Al Reyes, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-lined out for Kazmir in the 7th|
|b-lined out for Glover in the 9th|
|2B - Ty Wigginton 2 (16, Cook, Affeldt), Carlos Pena (13, Affeldt), Jonny Gomes (4, Cook)|
|HR - Carlos Pena (16, Cook), Jonny Gomes 2 (4, Cook, Cook)|
|RBI - Carlos Pena 2 (42), Jonny Gomes 4 (11), Scott Kazmir (1)|
|2-OUT RBI - Carlos Pena (19), Jonny Gomes 4 (7)|
|Team LOB - 6|
|DP - Wigginton-Pena|
|Tampa Bay Devil Rays|
|Scott Kazmir (W,5-3)||6||6||3||3||4||5||2||4.10|
|Jay Witasick (H,2)||1||1||0||0||2||0||0||4.00|
|Al Reyes (S,16)||1||0||0||0||0||2||0||2.17|
|Pitches-Strikes - Scott Kazmir 114-64, Jay Witasick 23-12, Gary Glover 18-10, Al Reyes 12-7|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Scott Kazmir 8-3, Jay Witasick 1-2, Gary Glover 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Scott Kazmir 26, Jay Witasick 6, Gary Glover 4, Al Reyes 3|
|Willy Taveras, CF||5||0||2||0||0||2||1||.318|
|Kaz Matsui, 2B||4||1||1||1||0||1||1||.320|
|Matt Holliday, LF||3||1||2||1||2||1||0||.363|
|Todd Helton, 1B||2||0||0||0||2||0||1||.322|
|Garrett Atkins, 3B||3||0||0||0||1||0||5||.244|
|Brad Hawpe, RF||4||1||1||1||0||1||1||.298|
|Troy Tulowitzki, SS||3||1||1||0||1||0||0||.267|
|Chris Iannetta, C||4||0||1||1||0||2||0||.196|
|Aaron Cook, P||2||0||0||0||0||1||1||.250|
|Tom Martin, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Cory Sullivan, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.500|
|Jeremy Affeldt, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Ryan Spilborghs, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.283|
|Manuel Corpas, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-flied out for Martin in the 7th|
|b-struck out for Affeldt in the 8th|
|2B - Chris Iannetta (5, Kazmir)|
|HR - Kaz Matsui (2, Kazmir), Matt Holliday (12, Kazmir), Brad Hawpe (12, Glover)|
|SH - Kaz Matsui (3)|
|RBI - Kaz Matsui (16), Matt Holliday (53), Brad Hawpe (47), Chris Iannetta (12)|
|SB - Willy Taveras (16, 2nd base off Witasick/Navarro), Troy Tulowitzki (2, 2nd base off Kazmir/Navarro)|
|CS - Troy Tulowitzki (3, 2nd base by Kazmir/Navarro)|
|Team LOB - 8|
|Outfield Assists - Willy Taveras 1|
|DP - Cook-Tulowitzki-Helton, Atkins-Helton|
|Aaron Cook (L,4-4)||6||10||6||6||0||0||3||4.65|
|IBB - Gomes by Jeremy Affeldt|
|Pitches-Strikes - Aaron Cook 75-52, Tom Martin 11-7, Jeremy Affeldt 20-10, Manuel Corpas 17-14|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Aaron Cook 11-5, Manuel Corpas 1-2|
|Batters Faced - Aaron Cook 26, Tom Martin 3, Jeremy Affeldt 6, Manuel Corpas 5|
|Attendance - 31190|
|Game Time - 2:56|
|Temperature - 93|
|Umpires - Home - Ted Barrett, First Base - Mark Carlson, Second Base - Larry Young, Third Base - Angel Hernandez|