Philadelphia at Tampa Bay

Tampa Bay
W: M. Garza (5-5) L: J. Blanton (4-4)
HR: PHI - J. Werth (13)   TB - P. Burrell (2)

Burrell homers against former team in Rays' win over Phillies wire reports

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Pat Burrell conceded he felt pretty good, though not necessarily because ending the longest homerless drought of his career helped Tampa Bay take down his old team.

The ex-Philadelphia slugger struck early with a two-run shot, then added a third RBI late as Matt Garza and the Rays beat the Phillies 7-1 Wednesday night in the middle game of a rematch between the participants in last season's World Series.

Burrell contributed to the Phillies beating the Rays in five games last October, however he's off to a slow start that's included a month-long stay on the disabled list since signing with Tampa Bay over the winter.

"It's fun because I know the team and everything like that. But more importantly for me, it's just being back on the field and able to contribute and help us win," he said. "I think that's No. 1."

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Garza (5-5) shut down Philadelphia's offense for his first win since May 16 to even the series that's been a box office bust at half-full Tropicana Field.

Attendance was announced as 18,862, down from the 19,608 that showed up for Tuesday's opener, won by the Phillies 10-1.

Philadelphia was limited to Greg Dobbs' fifth-inning single until Jayson Werth hit an opposite-field solo homer in the seventh, trimming Tampa Bay's lead to 2-1 and enabling the Phillies to remain the only team in the majors with an extra-base hit in every game this season.

Burrell's second homer since signing with the Rays -- ending a stretch of 33 games and 104 at-bats without a homer -- ruined an otherwise strong performance for Joe Blanton (4-4), who struck out 10 while yielding two runs and six hits in seven-plus innings.

"On a night like tonight, when both pitchers are throwing like that, it's whoever can put a crooked number on the board. They put two up and got ahead of us," Philadelphia manager Charlie Manuel said.

Garza, 0-3 over his previous six starts, allowed one run and three hits in eight innings. The Rays assured his first win in nearly six weeks with five runs in the eighth, and Burrell drove home the first of them with a bases-loaded fielder's choice grounder.

Jason Bartlett followed with a two-run single off Chan Ho Park to extend his career-best hitting streak to 18 games, tying Quinton McCracken for the franchise record. Gabe Gross finished the Phillies off with a two-run double.

"I got back to what I've been talking about, being aggressive," Garza said. "I went after these guys with my fastball, and that's what I've been known to do. I got back to who I was, and that's throwing the heater and saying: `Hey, beat me at this."'

Garza breezed through the first three innings before walking Shane Victorino, Chase Utley and Ryan Howard to load the bases with no outs in the fourth.

There was a time when the 25-year-old might have fallen apart in such situations, however he kept his emotions in check and escaped without allowing a run by getting Werth to ground into a first-pitch double play (third to home to first) and fanning Matt Stairs.

Hitless up to that point, the Phillies broke through when Dobbs lined the first pitch of the fifth inning to right field. Garza didn't allow another baserunner until Werth's 13th homer on a 3-2 pitch with one out in the seventh.

Stairs followed with a single for the third hit off the Tampa Bay starter, however Garza retired Dobbs and Pedro Feliz to get out of the seventh without any further damage.

"He was very aggressive. ... He definitely contained us," Manuel said.

Burrell, who spent the first nine seasons of his career in Philadelphia, signed a $16 million, two-year contract with the Rays in January after not being offered a new deal by the Phillies.

He homered in Tampa Bay's home opener on April 13 and had not hit another since, although the drought included a 29-game stay on the DL with a neck strain that's prevented him from settling into his new role as a designated hitter.

"I said hello to him [before the game]," Manuel said. "He starts hitting like that, I will never say hello to him."


  • Rays 3B Evan Longoria left the game after the sixth inning as a precaution after feeling "slight soreness" in his left hamstring. He and Maddon said they don't believe the injury, which sidelined him for six games earlier this month, is serious.
  • The Phillies expect closer Brad Lidge to be activated from the 15-day disabled list on Thursday. He's been out since June 7 with a sprained right knee.
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Pat Burrell (right) hits just his second home run with the Rays, but it comes against his former team.  (AP)
Pat Burrell (right) hits just his second home run with the Rays, but it comes against his former team. (AP)

Players of the Game
Tampa Bay

P. Burrell
AB 4
R 2
H 1
HR 1

J. Werth
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1

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Jimmy Rollins, SS4000000 .211
Shane Victorino, CF3000110 .305
Chase Utley, 2B2000100 .300
Ryan Howard, DH3000111 .254
Jayson Werth, RF4121011 .260
Matt Stairs, LF3010022 .280
   a- John Mayberry Jr., PH0000100 .292
Greg Dobbs, 1B3010011 .217
   b- Chris Coste, PH1000002 .242
Pedro Feliz, 3B3000002 .285
Carlos Ruiz, C3000011 .254
a-walked for Stairs in the 9th
b-hit into fielder's choice for Dobbs in the 9th
HR - Jayson Werth (13, Garza)
RBI - Jayson Werth (39)
Team LOB - 6
Outfield Assists - Matt Stairs 1, Jayson Werth 2
DP - Stairs-Ruiz
Philadelphia Phillies
Joe Blanton (L,4-4) 76222101 5.06
J.C. Romero 0.2133100 3.72
Chan Ho Park 0.1222000 6.22
HBP - Pena (by J.C. Romero)
Pitches-Strikes - Joe Blanton 121-73, J.C. Romero 15-6, Chan Ho Park 9-4
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Joe Blanton 3-7, Chan Ho Park 1-0
Batters Faced - Joe Blanton 28, J.C. Romero 4, Chan Ho Park 3
Tampa Bay Rays
B.J. Upton, CF4010010 .244
Carl Crawford, LF4120000 .310
Evan Longoria, 3B3020000 .309
    Willy Aybar, 3B1000000 .269
Carlos Pena, 1B3210012 .236
Ben Zobrist, 2B2100221 .289
Pat Burrell, DH4213012 .235
Jason Bartlett, SS4112020 .370
Gabe Gross, RF3012120 .268
Dioner Navarro, C3000011 .216
2B - B.J. Upton (16, Blanton), Carl Crawford (13, Blanton), Evan Longoria (24, Blanton), Gabe Gross (8, Park)
HR - Pat Burrell (2, Blanton)
RBI - Pat Burrell 3 (21), Jason Bartlett 2 (34), Gabe Gross 2 (24)
2-OUT RBI - Pat Burrell (11), Jason Bartlett 2 (17), Gabe Gross 2 (9)
Team LOB - 4
DP - Longoria-Navarro-Pena, Zobrist-Bartlett-Pena
Tampa Bay Rays
Matt Garza (W,5-5) 8311371 3.61
Randy Choate 1100100 1.74
HBP - Utley (by Matt Garza)
Pitches-Strikes - Matt Garza 117-69, Randy Choate 15-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Matt Garza 6-9, Randy Choate 3-0
Batters Faced - Matt Garza 29, Randy Choate 5
Game Information
Attendance - 18862
Game Time - 2:46
Temperature - 72
Umpires - Home - Field Culbreth, First Base - Gary Cederstrom, Second Base - Mike Estabrook, Third Base - Brian O'Nora