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Crawford, Rays use 10-run fifth to annihilate Marlins

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MIAMI -- Carl Crawford had two home runs before the Tampa Bay Rays really got started.

Crawford's second homer of the game started a 10-run, 14-batter, 32-minute barrage in the fifth inning, and the Rays defeated the Florida Marlins 15-3 Wednesday night to stay within one game of Boston in the AL East.

Crawford had a career-high five RBIs. Evan Longoria had three hits and three RBI, including his 13th homer of the year in that colossal fifth -- during which the Rays came within one run of matching the biggest inning in franchise history.

"Just a bad day for the Fish," said Marlins manager Fredi Gonzalez.

"It was nice to watch," offered Rays manager Joe Maddon.

The Rays set season highs for runs scored and for victory margin, and tied a season best with four home runs: Ben Zobrist also connected for Tampa Bay (46-31), which didn't reach the 46-win mark last year until Aug. 15.

"That was something special tonight," Longoria said. "We don't click too often. Tonight hitting just became contagious."

James Shields (5-5) allowed four hits, one run and struck out five over seven innings, getting his first win in eight starts for the Rays, who beat Florida for the second straight night and clinched the season series against their Sunshine State rival.

Mike Jacobs hit his 18th home run and Dan Uggla notched his 58th RBI for Florida, which has lost eight of its last 12 games.

"We kind of put this one behind us in like the seventh inning, when it was 14-0 or 15-0," Uggla said.

Jeremy Hermida and Uggla each finished with two hits, and Matt Treanor scored in the ninth on the Rays' fourth error of the game, when second baseman Akinori Iwamura threw wide of first.

Some shoddy Tampa Bay defense could be forgiven in this one.

"Fifteen runs in a game, it's a little easier to pitch that way," Shields said. "I'll take that every game."

The Rays took a 4-0 lead into the fifth, then simply began teeing off against Marlins starter Ryan Tucker (2-2) and just about everyone else who relieved him.

Crawford led off with his seventh homer of the year, B.J. Upton walked, then scored one batter later on Eric Hinske's double, ending Tucker's night.

"Definitely the worst I've felt since I've been here," Tucker said. "Nothing was working for me."

That was a shared sentiment throughout the Marlins' clubhouse.

Tucker was replaced by Eulogio De La Cruz, summoned earlier Wednesday from Triple-A Albuquerque to be the Marlins' long reliever. Longoria greeted De La Cruz with a homer, and a few minutes later, the young right-hander headed to the Marlins' dugout having been unable to retire any of the six batters he faced.

Shields hit a bases-loaded grounder that Hanley Ramirez booted, allowing Gabe Gross and Dioner Navarro to score for a 10-0 lead. Iwamura hit an RBI double, Crawford had an RBI groundout, and Upton and Longoria added run-scoring singles to cap the burst.

Tucker allowed seven runs and eight hits in four-plus innings, by far the worst start of his four-appearance major league career. In two outings against the Rays, Tucker is 0-2 with a 12.00 ERA; against anyone else, he's 2-0 with a 2.45 ERA.

"A bad game all around," Tucker said.

The Rays' franchise record for runs in an inning is 11, done twice: last Aug. 27 at Baltimore, and on May 28, 2000, against Seattle. It also was the most runs allowed by the Marlins in an inning this season, easily topping the seven they yielded in the second inning at Philadelphia on May 30.

Jacobs spoiled the shutout bid in the sixth, hitting a solo shot into the left-field seats. Uggla delivered an RBI single in the eighth.

Notes

  • It was the third time Tampa Bay scored exactly 10 runs in an inning.
  • Crawford has had three other two-homer games in his career, all coming between May 26 and June 30, 2006.
  • Longoria had three hits for the third time this season.
  • Hermida's third-inning single stretched his hitting streak to a career-best 12 games for the Marlins.
  • The teams play a rare 12:10 p.m. start to end the series Thursday.
  • De La Cruz's ERA climbed from 6.00 to 21.00.
 
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James Shields (R) thanks Carl Crawford and Akinori Iwamura for their role in the Rays' attack.  (AP)
James Shields (R) thanks Carl Crawford and Akinori Iwamura for their role in the Rays' attack. (AP)

Players of the Game
Tampa Bay

C. Crawford
AB 5
R 2
H 2
HR 2
RBI 5
Tampa Bay

J. Shields
IP 7.0
H 4
ER 1
BB 0
K 5
 
Tampa Bay Rays
Akinori Iwamura, 2B5211124 .272
Carl Crawford, LF5225010 .284
    Willy Aybar, 1B0000100 .253
B.J. Upton, CF4211212 .283
Eric Hinske, 1B-LF5121101 .261
Evan Longoria, 3B6233013 .254
Dioner Navarro, C4120223 .326
Gabe Gross, RF5111113 .232
Ben Zobrist, SS6221024 .286
James Shields, P3211102 .333
   a- Cliff Floyd, PH0000000 .257
    Jason Hammel, P0000000 .000
    Gary Glover, P0000000 .000
Totals43151514910  
a-hit by pitch for Shields in the 8th
Batting
2B - Akinori Iwamura (13, de la Cruz), Eric Hinske 2 (14, Tucker, Gregg), Evan Longoria (17, Tucker)
HR - Carl Crawford 2 (7, Tucker, Tucker), Evan Longoria (13, de la Cruz), Ben Zobrist (1, Miller)
RBI - Akinori Iwamura (22), Carl Crawford 5 (43), B.J. Upton (40), Eric Hinske (41), Evan Longoria 3 (42), Gabe Gross (20), Ben Zobrist (1), James Shields (1)
2-OUT RBI - Evan Longoria (9)
Team LOB - 11
Fielding
DP - Hinske-Zobrist-Shields
E - Akinori Iwamura (1, Throwing), B.J. Upton (5, Dropped fly), Ben Zobrist 2 (2, Misplayed grounder)
Tampa Bay Rays
James Shields (W,5-5) 7411051 3.76
Jason Hammel 1211010 4.96
Gary Glover 1311000 3.71
HBP - Ross (by James Shields)
WP - Jason Hammel (4)
Pitches-Strikes - James Shields 101-70, Jason Hammel 19-12, Gary Glover 24-16
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - James Shields 10-8, Gary Glover 2-1
Batters Faced - James Shields 28, Jason Hammel 5, Gary Glover 6
Florida Marlins
Hanley Ramirez, SS3010000 .294
    Robert Andino, SS2000000 .148
Jeremy Hermida, RF5020020 .276
Jorge Cantu, 3B5110004 .282
Josh Willingham, LF4000024 .320
Dan Uggla, 2B4021002 .293
Mike Jacobs, 1B4111002 .239
Cody Ross, CF3010000 .221
Matt Treanor, C4100001 .247
Ryan Tucker, P2000013 .000
    Eulogio de la Cruz, P0000000 .000
    Logan Kensing, P0000000 .000
    Renyel Pinto, P0000000 .000
   a- Wes Helms, PH1000010 .250
    Justin Miller, P0000000 .000
    Kevin Gregg, P0000000 .000
   b- Luis Gonzalez, PH1010000 .276
Totals3839206  
a-struck out for Pinto in the 7th
b-singled for Gregg in the 9th
Batting
HR - Mike Jacobs (18, Shields)
RBI - Dan Uggla (58), Mike Jacobs (47)
2-OUT RBI - Dan Uggla (22), Mike Jacobs (28)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
E - Hanley Ramirez (12, Misplayed grounder)
Florida Marlins
Ryan Tucker (L,2-2) 4877232 6.75
Eulogio de la Cruz0365201 21.00
Logan Kensing 2211120 3.86
Renyel Pinto 1000230 3.09
Justin Miller 1111101 4.42
Kevin Gregg 1100120 2.45
HBP - Floyd (by Justin Miller)
WP - Logan Kensing (6)
Pitches-Strikes - Ryan Tucker 83-46, Eulogio de la Cruz 22-11, Logan Kensing 35-18, Renyel Pinto 28-14, Justin Miller 20-9, Kevin Gregg 20-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ryan Tucker 3-6, Eulogio de la Cruz 1-0, Logan Kensing 1-3, Justin Miller 2-1, Kevin Gregg 1-0
Batters Faced - Ryan Tucker 22, Eulogio de la Cruz 6, Logan Kensing 9, Renyel Pinto 5, Justin Miller 6, Kevin Gregg 5
Game Information
Attendance - 13165
Game Time - 3:02
Temperature - 81
Umpires - Home - Gary Darling, First Base - Mike Estabrook, Second Base - Jerry Meals, Third Base - Paul Emmel