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|Tampa Bay (43-29) «||1||0||0||0||2||1||1||0||x||5||12||0|
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Matt Garza pitched with confidence and the results were impressive.
"The whole thing was control the situation," Garza said. "Control the game and make pitches. Not just pitch, but make pitches. That was the biggest key for me."
Garza (8-5) gave up three runs and six hits to rebound from a loss last Friday to Florida in which the right-hander allowed seven runs in 1 1/3 innings.
"Two out of three on the road in this environment against this club, a good feat accomplished," San Diego manager Bud Black said.
Tampa Bay All-Star left fielder Carl Crawford left after the second inning due to left shoulder soreness. He was hurt making a throw Wednesday and was not expected to play on Friday.
"It's one of those things where you just treat it and it should be day to day," Crawford said.
After Willy Aybar got Tampa Bay even at 3 with a two-run single in the fifth, Shoppach made it 4-3 on his sixth-inning solo shot.
Tampa Bay was 0 for 9 with runners in scoring position before Aybar's hit off LeBlanc. The Rays finished 1 for 12.
"Hanging around would be the best way to describe today," LeBlanc said. "I wasn't extremely sharp. It's just trying to make the pitches you need to make when you need to get outs. I made a good pitch and Aybar did a good job of finding a hole. I feel like that kind of took the wind out of me. If that ball goes to somebody we're still up 3-1 after five innings. It's a different kind of game."
Pena extended the Rays advantage to 5-3 on his home run during the seventh.
San Diego took a 3-1 lead during the second on an RBI single by Jerry Hairston Jr. and Salazar's two-run shot.
Upton put the Rays up 1-0 with a leadoff home run in the first. He had not gone deep in his previous 81 at-bats, dating back to May 29.
Rays manager Joe Maddon was ejected in the seventh for arguing a balk called against Garza. Maddon went to the mound after the play and waited until second base umpire Gary Cederstrom, who made the call, and plate umpire Fieldin Culbreth approached to break up the meeting. Maddon, while looking at Garza, then made comments apparently intended for Cederstrom and was thrown out.
Tampa Bay's James Shields was called for a balk Wednesday night in a 5-4 loss to the Padres.
"There's only so much you can take in regards to the influence of the umpires on the game," Maddon said. "Obviously there's a lot of things that are out of your control. But there's certain things that when it comes down to interpretation, a lot of the interpretation has gone against us. And I'm really tired on interpretation going against us. You have to make stand at some point."
|Matt Garza goes eight innings without allowing a walk in the win. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
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|San Diego Padres|
|Tony Gwynn Jr., CF||4||0||1||0||0||0||0||.229|
|David Eckstein, 2B||4||0||0||0||0||0||1||.271|
|Adrian Gonzalez, DH||4||0||0||0||0||1||0||.311|
|Nick Hundley, C||4||0||0||0||0||1||1||.267|
|Chase Headley, 3B||4||0||0||0||0||2||0||.257|
|Will Venable, RF||3||1||2||0||0||0||0||.237|
|Jerry Hairston Jr., SS||3||1||2||1||0||0||0||.246|
|Oscar Salazar, 1B||3||1||1||2||0||1||1||.221|
|Aaron Cunningham, LF||3||0||0||0||0||1||0||.273|
|HR - Oscar Salazar (2, Garza)|
|RBI - Jerry Hairston Jr. (27), Oscar Salazar 2 (12)|
|SB - Tony Gwynn Jr. (13, 2nd base off Garza/Shoppach), Will Venable (14, 2nd base off Garza/Shoppach)|
|Team LOB - 2|
|DP - Hairston-Eckstein-Salazar, Headley-Eckstein-Salazar|
|San Diego Padres|
|Wade LeBlanc (L,4-5)||5.1||11||4||4||1||4||2||3.16|
|HBP - Brignac (by Wade LeBlanc)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Wade LeBlanc 101-61, Ryan Webb 41-25, Edward Mujica 13-9|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Wade LeBlanc 6-4, Ryan Webb 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Wade LeBlanc 27, Ryan Webb 6, Edward Mujica 3|
|Tampa Bay Rays|
|B.J. Upton, CF||4||1||1||1||0||0||2||.231|
|Carl Crawford, LF||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.306|
|Ben Zobrist, RF||2||1||1||0||1||1||1||.300|
|Evan Longoria, 3B||4||1||3||0||0||1||0||.304|
|Carlos Pena, 1B||4||1||1||1||0||2||3||.201|
|Willy Aybar, DH||4||0||1||2||0||1||2||.239|
|Sean Rodriguez, RF-LF||4||0||1||0||0||1||1||.260|
|Kelly Shoppach, C||4||1||3||1||0||1||0||.290|
|Dioner Navarro, C||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.210|
|Jason Bartlett, SS||4||0||0||0||0||2||2||.228|
|Reid Brignac, 2B||3||0||1||0||0||1||1||.277|
|2B - Kelly Shoppach (2, LeBlanc), Reid Brignac (11, LeBlanc)|
|HR - B.J. Upton (7, LeBlanc), Carlos Pena (16, Webb), Kelly Shoppach (1, LeBlanc)|
|RBI - B.J. Upton (29), Carlos Pena (47), Willy Aybar 2 (18), Kelly Shoppach (3)|
|2-OUT RBI - Willy Aybar 2 (7)|
|SB - Evan Longoria (11, 2nd base off LeBlanc/Hundley)|
|Team LOB - 7|
|DP - Bartlett-Longoria-Brignac|
|Tampa Bay Rays|
|Matt Garza (W,8-5)||8||6||3||3||0||5||1||4.10|
|Rafael Soriano (S,17)||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||1.35|
|Pitches-Strikes - Matt Garza 108-74, Rafael Soriano 8-6|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Matt Garza 8-10, Rafael Soriano 2-0|
|Batters Faced - Matt Garza 29, Rafael Soriano 3|
|Attendance - 21877|
|Game Time - 2:59|
|Temperature - 72|
|Umpires - Home - Field Culbreth, First Base - Marty Foster, Second Base - Gary Cederstrom, Third Base - Ed Hickox|