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Rays' Longoria homers twice, drives in six in win

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Evan Longoria is off to a strong start in his rookie season.

Longoria homered twice and had six RBI to lead the Tampa Bay Rays past the Baltimore Orioles 11-4 on Saturday night.

It was Longoria's first career multihomer game. The third baseman hit a three-run shot during a four-run first, and had a two-run drive in a five-run second. He also hit a fourth-inning sacrifice fly.

"This is just flashes of what he's capable of doing," Rays first baseman Carlos Pena said.

Longoria leads the Rays in home runs with seven since making his major-league debut on April 12.

"I've been feeling good in the (batters) box whether or not I've been getting results," said Longoria, who is hitting .241 with 26 RBI in 39 games.

Pena added three RBI for the Rays, who are 21-9 since April 22, and improved to a franchise best nine games over .500 at 29-20. Tampa Bay has won 14 of its last 15 games at home.

Edwin Jackson (3-3) allowed three runs and four hits in five innings. The right-hander struggled with his control, walking five, including four of his first six batters, and striking out two.

"It's one of those days when you feel bad, and you look bad," Jackson said. "Get that offensive support, it's definitely a good feeling."

Jackson had given up one run over 20 1/3 innings in his previous three starts, but got a no decision in each outing when the Rays' bullpen lost the lead. Tampa Bay eventally won two of those three games.

Orioles manager Dave Trembley held a team meeting and revamped his lineup, giving second baseman Brian Roberts, right fielder Nick Markakis and catcher Ramon Hernandez a "mental day" off. The Orioles scored just one run in their previous three games. Freddie Bynum replaced Roberts as the leadoff hitter, Jay Peyton started in right and Guillermo Quiroz was the catcher.

Baltimore loaded the bases - on three walks - with one out in the first, but failed to score whne Luke Scott hit into a double play. The Orioles have lost four of five.

"We need to start scoring some runs," Trembley said. "Our pitching, up to today, has been very good. It would be nice to end this tomorrow and build from there."

Pena had an RBI double and Longoria hit a three-run homer off Steve Trachsel (2-5) to put the Rays ahead 4-0 in the first.

Quiroz got the Orioles within 4-1 on a second-inning RBI single. The Rays responded with five runs in the bottom of the second, coming on B.J. Upton's two-run double, Pena's run-scoring triple and a two-run homer by Longoria that chased Traschel.

"I'd say he was more than impressive," Trembley said of Longoria. "He looked like he knew what was coming at every at-bat."

Trachsel pitching for the first time since May 9, gave up nine runs and seven hits in 1 2/3 innings. He is 0-4 in six career starts against Tampa Bay.

"I might be tipping my pitches," Trachsel said. "That's the only thing I can come up with. If that's not it, then we've got some serious things to figure out."

Trachsel's spot in the rotation could be in jeopardy.

"I definitely think that's something we need to consider," Trembley said.

Scott hit a two-run homer in the third to pull Baltimore within 9-3. It ended a 31-inning home run drought by the Orioles.

Pena had a run-scoring single and Longoria hit a sacrifice fly in the fourth that extended the Rays advantage to 11-3.

Payton drove in a run with a double in the eighth.

Notes

  • Tampa Bay is 25-14 since Longoria joined the team from Triple-A Durham.
  • Scott's third-inning homer was the Orioles' 75,000 hit in franchise history.
  • Hall of Famer Gaylord Perry threw out the ceremonial first pitch.
  • Rays DH Cliff Floyd snapped an 0-for-16 slide with a broken-bat single to center in the fourth.
 
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Evan Longoria doesn't look like a rookie after notching his first career multihomer game.  (AP)
Evan Longoria doesn't look like a rookie after notching his first career multihomer game. (AP)

Players of the Game
Tampa Bay

E. Longoria
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 2
RBI 6
Baltimore

L. Scott
AB 4
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 2
 
Baltimore Orioles
Freddie Bynum, SS4000113 .262
Melvin Mora, 3B4000013 .239
    Luis Hernandez, 2B1000000 .241
Aubrey Huff, DH4100110 .240
Kevin Millar, 1B1100310 .241
Luke Scott, LF4112013 .257
Jay Payton, RF3111110 .223
Alex Cintron, 2B-3B4010003 .462
Adam Jones, CF3000101 .252
Guillermo Quiroz, C4021013 .244
Totals3245477  
Batting
2B - Jay Payton (2, Glover)
HR - Luke Scott (5, Jackson)
RBI - Luke Scott 2 (18), Jay Payton (14), Guillermo Quiroz (4)
2-OUT RBI - Luke Scott 2 (11), Guillermo Quiroz (1)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Luke Scott 1
DP - Mora-Cintron-Millar, Millar-Bynum
E - Guillermo Quiroz (1, Interference)
Baltimore Orioles
Steve Trachsel (L,2-5) 1.2799212 8.82
Matt Albers 3.2621210 2.12
Lance Cormier 1.2000040 1.93
Dennis Sarfate 1100200 3.60
Pitches-Strikes - Steve Trachsel 45-26, Matt Albers 67-39, Lance Cormier 21-13, Dennis Sarfate 20-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Matt Albers 5-3, Lance Cormier 1-0
Batters Faced - Steve Trachsel 14, Matt Albers 18, Lance Cormier 5, Dennis Sarfate 5
Tampa Bay Rays
Akinori Iwamura, 2B4110111 .269
Carl Crawford, LF3320101 .282
B.J. Upton, CF4342100 .303
Carlos Pena, 1B3233100 .223
    Gabe Gross, RF0000100 .221
Evan Longoria, 3B4226012 .241
Cliff Floyd, DH5010014 .260
Dioner Navarro, C4000013 .350
Eric Hinske, RF-1B4000010 .248
Jason Bartlett, SS2010100 .245
   a- Ben Zobrist, PH-SS1000010 .250
Totals3411141166  
a-struck out for Bartlett in the 7th
Batting
2B - B.J. Upton 2 (14, Trachsel, Albers), Carlos Pena (4, Trachsel)
3B - Carlos Pena (1, Trachsel)
HR - Evan Longoria 2 (7, Trachsel, Trachsel)
SF - Evan Longoria (4)
RBI - B.J. Upton 2 (29), Carlos Pena 3 (27), Evan Longoria 6 (26)
2-OUT RBI - B.J. Upton 2 (12), Carlos Pena (6), Evan Longoria 2 (6)
SB - Carl Crawford (13, 2nd base off Trachsel/Quiroz)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Pena-Jackson
Tampa Bay Rays
Edwin Jackson (W,3-3) 5433521 3.47
J.P. Howell 2000020 2.56
Gary Glover 0.2111220 4.40
Al Reyes 1.1000010 4.82
WP - Gary Glover (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Edwin Jackson 101-55, J.P. Howell 22-14, Gary Glover 34-20, Al Reyes 11-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Edwin Jackson 6-6, J.P. Howell 1-3, Al Reyes 2-1
Batters Faced - Edwin Jackson 23, J.P. Howell 6, Gary Glover 6, Al Reyes 4
Game Information
Attendance - 30445
Game Time - 3:04
Temperature - 72
Umpires - Home - Ed Hickox, First Base - C.B. Bucknor, Second Base - Joe West, Third Base - Ed Rapuano