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Longoria, Hinske rough up Pirates' new pitcher as Rays stay hot

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PITTSBURGH -- Home runs to left field, home runs to right, line drives all over PNC Park. The Tampa Bay Rays are fast developing not only into one of the majors' best young teams, but one of the best teams, period.

Or exactly the kind of team the Pittsburgh Pirates have spent 16 years trying to become.

Evan Longoria and Eric Hinske hit three-run homers off the Pirates' Jimmy Barthmaier in his major league debut, and the streaking Rays quickly opened a seven-run lead in beating Pittsburgh 10-5 Friday night.

In a matchup of two of baseball's worst teams over the last decade, the much-improved Rays showed the Pirates their blueprint for rebuilding, with plenty of fast-progressing players who can hit for power.

The Rays are a franchise-best 17 games over .500 at 48-31 after winning four in a row, five of six and 10 of 13; the Pirates are 37-42 during a 16th consecutive losing season.

Barthmaier (0-1), a former Astros prospect who began the season in Double-A, was called up because the Pirates are down two injured pitchers and are thin on minor league starting pitching prospects. His inexperience showed. The right-hander gave up seven runs and seven hits in 2 1/3 innings and was in trouble from the start.

"We didn't want to give him a chance to settle in," said Longoria, who was 4-for-5 and is 12-for-24 over his last five games. "It's always tough on a first-time guy -- he may be a little more amped up than normal. He was making too many mistakes over the plate. It's the big leagues, and guys are going to hit that. We did what we wanted to."

And in a hurry.

Carl Crawford singled and Hinske walked in the first ahead of Longoria's 15th homer, a drive to left-center that made it 3-0 only five batters into the game.

"Sometimes you find your stride, and I'm comfortable at the plate and confident, and I'm trying to ride it out," Longoria said. "You never know when it will come and go."

In the third, Hinske hit a 3-1 pitch deep into the right-field seats with two on and none out for his 13th. Dioner Navarro added an RBI double later in the inning, making it 7-0.

"I'll definitely work on what I need to do," said Barthmaier, who was optioned back to Triple-A Indianapolis after the game. "It was definitely tough. But I'm looking forward to being back."

Hinske and Crawford also scored three runs as the Rays' Nos. 1-5 hitters combined for 13 of their 15 hits. Crawford hit a solo homer, his eighth, off Sean Burnett in the sixth for his third hit.

The Rays have scored 37 runs while winning their last four.

"If you get a couple of hitters heating up as a group in the middle of the lineup, it helps a lot and it looks like it's turning in that direction," manager Joe Maddon said.

The Pirates, giving up 10 runs for the second time in as many games, couldn't overcome Barthmaier's shaky debut despite scoring four runs in the fourth against Scott Kazmir (7-3). Kazmir won for the first time in four starts despite lasting only five innings. He hasn't pitched longer than 5 2-3 innings in his last three starts.

Kazmir didn't allow a hit until Freddy Sanchez hit his fifth homer leading off the fourth, but went on to allow four runs in the inning on Chris Gomez's RBI single and Jack Wilson's two-run single.

Tampa Bay came back with three more runs on Crawford's homer, plus Carlos Pena's sacrifice fly and Jason Bartlett's run-scoring single in a two-run seventh against John Grabow. Pena played for the first time since breaking his left index finger June 3 in Boston, batting sixth -- two spots lower than usual.

Reliever Denny Bautista, acquired in a trade Wednesday with Detroit, also made his Pirates debut but came out after being hit in the right forearm by Akinori Iwamura's line-drive single in the fourth. X-rays showed no break, but Bautista may not be able to pitch for a couple of games.

Notes

Rays reliever Grant Balfour pitched 2 1/3 scoreless innings. .... Sanchez's homer was the eighth against Kazmir in five starts. ... Bartlett missed the previous two games for the birth of a son. ... Longoria homered for the second day in a row and leads all rookies in homers. ... Tampa Bay is 11-5 in interleague play. The Pirates are 4-8 this season and a major league-worst 61-102 since interleague play began in 1997. ... Barthmaier's demotion created a roster spot for right-hander Ty Taubenheim, who was recalled from Indianapolis to start Saturday night. He pitched in 13 games for Toronto in 2006-07.

 
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Players of the Game
Pittsburgh

J. Wilson
AB 3
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 3
Tampa Bay

E. Longoria
AB 5
R 3
H 4
HR 1
RBI 3
 
Tampa Bay Rays
Akinori Iwamura, 2B5020000 .276
Carl Crawford, LF5331002 .284
B.J. Upton, CF5120012 .285
Eric Hinske, RF3323101 .267
    Grant Balfour, P1000011 .000
    Trever Miller, P0000000 .000
Evan Longoria, 3B5343012 .272
Carlos Pena, 1B3001112 .224
Dioner Navarro, C5011003 .323
Jason Bartlett, SS5011002 .245
Scott Kazmir, P2000011 .000
   a- Jonny Gomes, PH1000010 .204
    J.P. Howell, P0000000 .000
   b- Gabe Gross, PH-RF1000001 .230
Totals4110151026  
a-struck out for Kazmir in the 6th
b-grounded out for Howell in the 7th
Batting
2B - Evan Longoria (20, Grabow), Dioner Navarro (14, Barthmaier)
HR - Carl Crawford (8, Burnett), Eric Hinske (13, Barthmaier), Evan Longoria (15, Barthmaier)
SF - Carlos Pena (3)
RBI - Carl Crawford (44), Eric Hinske 3 (44), Evan Longoria 3 (46), Carlos Pena (36), Dioner Navarro (30), Jason Bartlett (18)
2-OUT RBI - Carl Crawford (10), Evan Longoria 3 (12), Jason Bartlett (11)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Longoria-Iwamura-Pena
E - B.J. Upton (6, Throwing)
Tampa Bay Rays
Scott Kazmir (W,7-3) 5543241 2.28
J.P. Howell 1211200 3.02
Grant Balfour 2.1000030 1.23
Trever Miller 0.2100000 3.98
Pitches-Strikes - Scott Kazmir 103-70, J.P. Howell 34-18, Grant Balfour 33-19, Trever Miller 8-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Scott Kazmir 3-8, J.P. Howell 2-0, Grant Balfour 2-2
Batters Faced - Scott Kazmir 22, J.P. Howell 6, Grant Balfour 7, Trever Miller 3
Pittsburgh Pirates
Nate McLouth, CF5010003 .288
Freddy Sanchez, 2B5111011 .233
Jason Bay, LF4010010 .287
Ryan Doumit, C4110001 .351
Jason Michaels, RF4110021 .241
Jose Bautista, 3B2100200 .259
Chris Gomez, 1B2111101 .321
   a- Adam LaRoche, PH-1B1000000 .220
Jack Wilson, SS3023010 .319
Jimmy Barthmaier, P0000000 .000
    Denny Bautista, P1000011 .000
    Sean Burnett, P1000011 .000
   b- Xavier Nady, PH0000100 .314
    John Grabow, P0000000 .000
    Matt Capps, P0000000 .000
   c- Doug Mientkiewicz, PH1000000 .260
Totals3358547  
a-flied out for Gomez in the 8th
b-walked for Burnett in the 6th
c-flied out for Capps in the 9th
Batting
2B - Jason Bay (19, Kazmir), Ryan Doumit (13, Kazmir), Jack Wilson (4, Howell)
HR - Freddy Sanchez (5, Kazmir)
SH - Jack Wilson (5)
RBI - Freddy Sanchez (32), Chris Gomez (13), Jack Wilson 3 (10)
2-OUT RBI - Chris Gomez (9), Jack Wilson 3 (8)
Team LOB - 6
Pittsburgh Pirates
Jimmy Barthmaier (L,0-1) 2.1777222 27.00
Denny Bautista 0.2100000 3.20
Sean Burnett 3211021 5.73
John Grabow 2422020 3.66
Matt Capps 1100000 2.65
Pitches-Strikes - Jimmy Barthmaier 64-37, Denny Bautista 12-7, Sean Burnett 38-26, John Grabow 36-25, Matt Capps 17-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jimmy Barthmaier 2-3, Sean Burnett 4-3, John Grabow 2-2
Batters Faced - Jimmy Barthmaier 16, Denny Bautista 3, Sean Burnett 11, John Grabow 10, Matt Capps 4
Game Information
Attendance - 19970
Game Time - 3:16
Temperature - 82
Umpires - Home - C.B. Bucknor, First Base - Joe West, Second Base - Ed Rapuano, Third Base - Ed Hickox