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Kazmir, Crawford lead Rays to back-to-back road wins

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DETROIT -- Scott Kazmir and Carl Crawford were too much to handle for the struggling Detroit Tigers.

Kazmir pitched six scoreless innings, Crawford homered and the Tampa Bay Devil Rays beat Detroit 8-1 Thursday to win consecutive road games for the first time in nearly two months. The victory clinched the season series for the Devil Rays, the first time they've accomplished that against a defending AL champion.

Kazmir (9-7) gave up three hits, struck out seven and walked one to win his second consecutive start. He pitched out of a two-on jam in the fourth by striking out Magglio Ordonez and Carlos Guillen, then retiring Ivan Rodriguez on a grounder.

Kazmir's victory came a night after teammate James Shields pitched seven strong innings in a 7-1 win.

"That's why I wanted them back-to-back," Devil Rays manager Joe Maddon said. "Hopefully, we can build off this."

Before beating the Tigers on Wednesday, Tampa Bay had lost eight consecutive road games and 19 of 21, and had not won consecutive games away from home since June 17-18 against Colorado and Arizona.

Detroit split the four-game series against the team with the worst record in the major leagues (44-70) and has lost six of eight. The Tigers are 11-17 since the All-Star break.

"The little extra spark we had last year is not here," manager Jim Leyland said. "We better find it. ... We're playing like it doesn't mean enough to us."

Jeremy Bonderman (10-5) dropped his fourth consecutive start, giving up seven runs and 10 hits in six innings. He has allowed 23 runs in his last three outings. Bonderman, who was 10-1 in mid-July, did not speak to reporters after the loss, the second game in a row in which he's allowed 10 hits.

He's not Detroit's only faltering pitcher: Tigers starters have won just once in the team's last 22 games.

"He's the least of my worries," Leyland said about the right-hander. "He's one of my horses and I'll stick by him."

Crawford was 3-for-4 with the homer and two doubles for the Devil Rays. He is hitting .433 since the All-Star break and is the major leagues' best hitter in day games (.417).

"Everything he hits right now -- breaking balls, fastballs -- it doesn't matter," Maddon said. "He's locked in right now."

Bonderman, frequently dogged by shaky opening innings this season, walked three during a 30-pitch first but allowed just one run, on Delmon Young's two-out bloop single. Bonderman then struck out Ben Zobrist with the bases loaded.

Crawford extended his hitting streak to 10 games in the fifth inning with a two-run homer, and Zobrist hit an RBI double in the sixth that made it 4-0.

"I'm just trying to keep it simple," said Crawford, who has 18 hits in his last 27 at-bats. "Just trying to get a base hit. I'm not swinging at bad pitches."

Teammate Carlos Pena thought Crawford was being too modest.

"He's as hot as I've seen in my life," he said. "It's awesome, a lot of fun to watch."

Bonderman gave up three consecutive hits to start the seventh and was chased by B.J. Upton's run-scoring single. Young and Greg Norton hit RBI singles off Tim Byrdak, and Zobrist's sacrifice fly made it 8-0.

Omar Infante singled home Detroit's run in the seventh off Gary Glover. Outfielder Marcus Thames, recalled from a rehab assignment at Triple-A Toledo on Thursday, went 2-for-4 with a run in his first game since July 19, when he pulled a hamstring at Minnesota.

Polanco went 2-for-4 to pass teammate Ordonez for the AL batting lead.

Notes

  • Morning showers delayed the start by 28 minutes.
  • Crawford stole his AL-leading 37th base in the first.
  • A crowd of 38,789 sent the Tigers over two million in home attendance for a team-record third consecutive season.
 
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'Two guys enter a bar ...' Scott Kazmir and catcher Josh Paul share a moment against the Tigers.  (AP)
'Two guys enter a bar ...' Scott Kazmir and catcher Josh Paul share a moment against the Tigers. (AP)

Players of the Game
Tampa Bay

C. Crawford
AB 4
R 3
H 3
HR 1
RBI 2
Tampa Bay

S. Kazmir
IP 6.0
H 3
ER 0
BB 1
K 7
 
Tampa Bay Devil Rays
Akinori Iwamura, 3B5220001 .296
Carl Crawford, LF4332101 .316
B.J. Upton, CF3121210 .327
Carlos Pena, 1B5000047 .270
Delmon Young, RF5122001 .297
Greg Norton, DH4121100 .202
Ben Zobrist, SS4022013 .179
Josh Wilson, 2B5010013 .248
Josh Paul, C3000001 .194
Totals38814847  
Batting
2B - Carl Crawford 2 (29, Bonderman, Byrdak), Greg Norton (3, Bonderman), Ben Zobrist (2, Bonderman)
3B - Akinori Iwamura (6, Bonderman)
HR - Carl Crawford (10, Bonderman)
SF - Ben Zobrist (2)
SH - Josh Paul (1)
RBI - Carl Crawford 2 (62), B.J. Upton (54), Delmon Young 2 (61), Greg Norton (11), Ben Zobrist 2 (9)
2-OUT RBI - Delmon Young (21)
SB - Carl Crawford (37, 2nd base off Bonderman/Rodriguez)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - Wilson-Pena, Wilson-Zobrist-Pena
E - Josh Wilson (14, Throwing)
Tampa Bay Devil Rays
Scott Kazmir (W,9-7) 6300170 3.58
Gary Glover 1411000 5.37
Scott Dohmann 1100000 3.27
Al Reyes 1000020 4.29
Pitches-Strikes - Scott Kazmir 94-58, Gary Glover 24-16, Scott Dohmann 13-8, Al Reyes 13-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Scott Kazmir 5-6, Gary Glover 1-1, Scott Dohmann 1-1
Batters Faced - Scott Kazmir 22, Gary Glover 6, Scott Dohmann 3, Al Reyes 3
Detroit Tigers
Ryan Raburn, CF4000024 .333
Placido Polanco, 2B4020000 .349
Gary Sheffield, DH4010001 .289
Magglio Ordonez, RF3000020 .348
    Sean Casey, 1B1000001 .292
Carlos Guillen, SS4010022 .310
Ivan Rodriguez, C4000013 .277
Marcus Thames, 1B-RF4120010 .258
Craig Monroe, LF3010011 .221
Omar Infante, 3B2011101 .270
Totals3318119  
Batting
2B - Placido Polanco (28, Kazmir)
RBI - Omar Infante (15)
2-OUT RBI - Omar Infante (6)
SB - Placido Polanco (4, 3rd base off Kazmir/Paul), Gary Sheffield (18, 2nd base off Kazmir/Paul)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Guillen-Polanco-Thames
PB - Ivan Rodriguez (6)
Detroit Tigers
Jeremy Bonderman (L,10-5) 61077341 4.75
Tim Byrdak 2310130 3.25
Bobby Seay 1100000 3.06
IBB - Upton by Tim Byrdak
Pitches-Strikes - Jeremy Bonderman 106-68, Tim Byrdak 44-25, Bobby Seay 13-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jeremy Bonderman 9-4, Tim Byrdak 2-1, Bobby Seay 1-2
Batters Faced - Jeremy Bonderman 30, Tim Byrdak 10, Bobby Seay 4
Game Information
Attendance - 38789
Game Time - 3:10
Temperature - 71
Umpires - Home - Mike Reilly, First Base - Jeff Kellogg, Second Base - Eric Cooper, Third Base - Andy Fletcher