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Crawford hits 11th-inning blast in spot duty, Rays clip Jays

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Carl Crawford's sore right wrist had been a big reason for him playing 42 games without hitting a home run. It didn't stop him from going deep in his first at-bat in three days.

Crawford, who scored the tying run as a pinch runner in the ninth inning, led off the bottom of the 11th with a homer to give the Tampa Bay Devil Rays a 5-4 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays on Monday night.

"When he went up I said, 'Listen, do whatever you can do,"' Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon said. "I mean I didn't know what he was able to do today. Then he worked the count and took the hack and then boom. I mean that ball was crushed. He knew it was a homer the second he hit it. So I officially declare him well."

Crawford, who was out of the starting lineup for three games because of the sprained wrist, hit a 3-2 pitch from Brian Wolfe (2-1) over the fence in center field as Tampa Bay won for the second time in 10 games.

"It surprised me," Crawford said. "Really, I was just trying to get on base, and let the guys behind me do all the work. I definitely wasn't expecting that. There's probably not a better feeling than a walkoff. That's the best feeling you're going to get."

Crawford's last homer came on June 5 off Toronto ace Roy Halladay, a span of 175 at-bats. Four of his seven homers this season have been against the Blue Jays.

"I didn't feel good because I didn't get a chance to warm up my wrist," Crawford said. "I didn't know I'd be hitting today, so I didn't have a chance to loosen it up. I took a hack and I missed it, and it kind of hurt a little bit. But there was nothing I could do about it, so I was just trying to get on base any way I could."

The All-Star outfielder had tied the game at 4 on pinch-hitter Josh Wilson's two-out RBI single off Jeremy Accardo, who was charged with his fourth blown save of the season.

"He's the last guy you would want to see up there in that situation," Toronto manager John Gibbons said. "He can beat you in so many ways. That's why he is one of the best in the league."

Scott Dohmannn (1-0) worked out of a bases loaded, one-out jam in the 11th for the win.

Both teams threatened in the 10th. The Blue Jays failed to score after getting a man on third with one out. Tampa Bay's Brendan Harris was thrown out at the plate by shortstop John McDonald in the bottom half when he tried to score from second on Delmon Young's infield single.

Toronto's Dustin McGowan, looking to win his third consecutive start, allowed two runs and four hits in six innings.

Jonny Gomes and B.J. Upton homered for the Devil Rays. Tampa Bay rookie Andy Sonnanstine gave up four runs and six hits in 6 2-3 innings. He is winless in his last nine starts, including seven losses.

Alex Rios had a run-scoring triple and Troy Glaus stopped an 0-for-13 skid with an RBI single to put the Blue Jays up 2-0 in the first inning. Tampa Bay has been outscored 80-35 in the first inning this season.

The Devil Rays pulled within 2-1 in the third when Ben Zobrist scored from third on McGowan's wild pitch. The right-hander had not allowed a run in his previous 15 innings.

Toronto went ahead 3-1 on Vernon Wells' fourth-inning sacrifice fly.

Gomes' solo shot, that went an estimated 465 feet, made it 3-2 in the fifth.

Reed Johnson extended the Toronto lead to 4-2 on an RBI single in the seventh. Upton's shot off Casey Jannsen in the eighth made it 4-3.

Gibbons was ejected in the eighth by third base umpire Tim Welke for arguing on a check-swing call.

Notes

  • Tampa Bay minor league RHP Jeff Niemann, taken fourth overall in the 2004 amateur draft, left his start at Triple-A Durham with right shoulder fatigue. The Devil Rays said Niemann will be undergo further examination, but the problem is not thought to be serious.
  • There was a large group of scouts at the game, including the Yankees, Mets, White Sox, Seattle, Texas, Cleveland, St. Louis, Arizona and Houston. Among the players who have drawn interest include Devil Rays closer Al Reyes and Blue Jays reliever Jason Frasor.
 
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Carl Crawford greets a busy home plate after the injured Ray connects on a game-winning homer.  (AP)
Carl Crawford greets a busy home plate after the injured Ray connects on a game-winning homer. (AP)

Players of the Game
Tampa Bay

C. Crawford
AB 1
R 2
H 1
HR 1
RBI 1
Toronto

A. Rios
AB 5
R 2
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
 
Toronto Blue Jays
Reed Johnson, LF6011025 .274
Lyle Overbay, 1B3110303 .257
Alex Rios, RF5221005 .305
Troy Glaus, 3B5011012 .267
Vernon Wells, CF4001003 .254
Frank Thomas, DH4000100 .250
    Howie Clark, PR-DH0000000 .204
Aaron Hill, 2B5020020 .276
Gregg Zaun, C2110201 .236
John McDonald, SS3010021 .275
   a- Matt Stairs, PH0000100 .278
    Royce Clayton, PR-SS0000000 .254
Totals3749477  
a-was walked intentionally for McDonald in the 11th
Batting
2B - Lyle Overbay (19, Reyes), Alex Rios (29, Sonnanstine), Gregg Zaun (11, Sonnanstine)
3B - Alex Rios (5, Sonnanstine)
SF - Vernon Wells (4)
SH - Gregg Zaun (1), John McDonald (6)
RBI - Reed Johnson (10), Alex Rios (62), Troy Glaus (49), Vernon Wells (55)
2-OUT RBI - Reed Johnson (6)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
DP - Hill-McDonald-Overbay
Toronto Blue Jays
Dustin McGowan 6422341 4.36
Scott Downs (H,16) 1.1000010 2.23
Casey Janssen (H,17) 0.2111001 2.39
Jeremy Accardo (BS,4) 1111110 2.70
Brian Wolfe (L,2-1) 1311101 2.60
IBB - Pena by Brian Wolfe
WP - Dustin McGowan (7)
Pitches-Strikes - Dustin McGowan 95-53, Scott Downs 20-13, Casey Janssen 14-7, Jeremy Accardo 18-10, Brian Wolfe 20-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Dustin McGowan 10-3, Scott Downs 1-2, Brian Wolfe 2-0
Batters Faced - Dustin McGowan 24, Scott Downs 4, Casey Janssen 3, Jeremy Accardo 5, Brian Wolfe 6
Tampa Bay Devil Rays
Akinori Iwamura, 3B4020100 .293
Brendan Harris, 2B5000012 .299
B.J. Upton, CF5111001 .335
Carlos Pena, 1B3000210 .279
Delmon Young, RF4010112 .287
Jonny Gomes, LF3111113 .265
    Carl Crawford, PR-LF1211000 .289
Greg Norton, DH4010011 .191
Dioner Navarro, C3000011 .190
   a- Josh Wilson, PH-SS1011000 .256
Ben Zobrist, SS3110000 .167
   b- Josh Paul, PH-C1000001 .236
Totals3759456  
a-singled for Navarro in the 9th
b-flied out for Zobrist in the 9th
Batting
2B - Akinori Iwamura (14, McGowan)
HR - B.J. Upton (14, Janssen), Jonny Gomes (11, McGowan), Carl Crawford (7, Wolfe)
RBI - B.J. Upton (46), Jonny Gomes (28), Carl Crawford (55), Josh Wilson (16)
2-OUT RBI - B.J. Upton (17), Josh Wilson (13)
SB - Carl Crawford (33, 2nd base off Accardo/Zaun)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Zobrist-Harris-Pena, Pena-Zobrist-Sonnanstine
Tampa Bay Devil Rays
Andy Sonnanstine 6.2644330 5.55
Dan Wheeler 1.1100100 4.94
Casey Fossum 0.1000110 7.68
Grant Balfour 0.2000010 13.50
Al Reyes 1100010 4.38
Scott Dohmann (W,1-0) 1100210 4.91
IBB - Stairs by Scott Dohmann
WP - Al Reyes (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Andy Sonnanstine 95-62, Dan Wheeler 26-14, Casey Fossum 12-7, Grant Balfour 4-4, Al Reyes 20-11, Scott Dohmann 22-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Andy Sonnanstine 5-10, Dan Wheeler 1-3, Grant Balfour 1-0, Scott Dohmann 1-1
Batters Faced - Andy Sonnanstine 27, Dan Wheeler 6, Casey Fossum 2, Grant Balfour 2, Al Reyes 4, Scott Dohmann 6
Game Information
Attendance - 8807
Game Time - 3:32
Temperature - 72
Umpires - Home - Lance Barksdale, First Base - Gary Cederstrom, Second Base - Jim Reynolds, Third Base - Tim Welke