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Rays 7, Astros 2

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HOUSTON -- Wade Davis is finally getting into a groove for Tampa Bay.

Now the Rays are counting on him to keep it up.

B.J. Upton homered and drove in two runs to back up Davis and help the Rays beat the Houston Astros 7-2 Saturday night.

"He played a good game," Maddon said. Davis "was a good baseball player tonight. He pitched well. he did a lot of good things defensively as well as with the two bunts. He had himself a really good night."

Evan Longoria and Casey Kotchman added two RBI apiece for the Rays, who won their third straight.

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Upton had an RBI single in the third inning and homered for the second straight day with a solo shot that made it 4-1 in the sixth. Longoria hit run-scoring doubles in both the first and ninth innings and Kotchman added a two-run single in the ninth.

Davis (7-5) allowed five hits and a run in seven innings to win for the third start in a row. Kyle Farnsworth allowed two hits in 1 2/3 innings for his 16th save.

Davis went from May 8 to June 12 between wins before beginning his current streak.

Davis said he's traditionally been better in the second half and is encouraged that he's got going before the All-Star break.

"Everything's coming together a bit better," he said. "Hopefully I can build off the momentum. We're playing good and I think it will be good for everybody."

Houston starter Bud Norris (4-6) yielded six hits and three runs while walking three in five innings.

"He was trying to find his stuff," Houston manager Brad Mills said. "He kept working to find his stuff. His command kind of got him in trouble with those walks, but he kept battling."

Carlos Lee and Hunter Pence each drove in a run for the Astros, who have dropped five of their last six.

Upton made it 4-1 with his solo homer to left field off reliever Fernando Abad in the sixth inning. On Friday night, his homer to left was reviewed but the play was upheld after the Astros argued that a fan interfered with the ball. This one left no doubt as it landed several rows into the stands and was scooped up by a smiling little boy.

Upton downplayed his offensive performance.

"Our pitching is essentially keeping us in ball games and I think that's what this team is about is timely hitting," he said. "I don't think right now anybody is really standing out, we're just getting hits at the right time."

Jeff Keppinger singled with one out in the eighth inning before scoring on a double by Pence to cut the lead to 4-2. Lee reached on an error by left fielder Sam Fuld when he looked to have caught the fly ball, but dropped it when moving it from his glove to his hand.

Tampa Bay got out of that inning when Matt Downs grounded into a double play.

Keppinger singled with one out in the sixth inning before Pence reached on an error by shortstop Reid Brignac. Davis plunked Matt Downs to load the bases but escaped the jam when Brett Wallace grounded out.

Pence walked with two outs in the fourth inning before scoring on a double by Lee to cut Tampa Bay's lead to 3-1.

Upton singled in a run in the third to leave the score at 3-0. Norris was shaken up later in that inning when he stretched to make a catch while covering first base. A trainer came on the field and talked to him for a couple of minutes before he threw some warmup pitches and remained in the game.

Mills said the right-hander "tweaked" his left shoulder on the play, but that he should be OK.

Johnny Damon had an RBI single in the second to push the lead to 2-0. Houston had a chance for a play at the plate on that score, but Reid Brignac got under catcher Carlos Corporan in a collision and was safe. Brignac singled and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Davis to set up that score.

Ben Zobrist walked with one out in the first before scoring on a double by Longoria to make it 1-0. Longoria has driven in five runs in the last two games while hitting without batting gloves for the first time since his rookie season to try and break out of a slump.

Longoria said he'll go without gloves again on Sunday even though he's hands are suffering for his decision.

"They're a little bit sore, but my swing feels good, it's in a good spot," he said. "It's not a direct result of the gloves by any means, or no gloves, but superstitious as we are I'll keep it going that way."

Michael Bourn hit a leadoff double for the Astros but he and Keppinger were out on a fielder's choice double play. Keppinger reached before Bourn was caught in a rundown, but left first base and he was also caught in one.

"I should have kept going and make him run either way," Bourn said of the play. "He was able to tag me out without making a throw, and that's what started the double play."

Upton reached on an error with no outs in the eighth inning, but was thrown out at home on a double by John Jaso. Bourn couldn't make the catch on the fly ball, but made the throw to Keppinger from his knees and Keppinger's throw to the plate beat him there.

Notes

Houston manager Brad Mills said C J.R. Towles, who needed 11 stitches to close a gash that he got after a pitch bounced off the dirt and hit him under won't be able to catch for a few days, but he was able to pinch hit on Saturday. ... Downs, who normally plays second or third base, made his second career start at shortstop on Saturday and committed an error in the eighth inning.

 
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Players of the Game
Tampa Bay

E. Longoria
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 0
RBI 2
Houston

C. Lee
AB 4
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
 
Tampa Bay Rays
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Johnny Damon, LF4011001 .266
    Sam Fuld, LF1110000 .242
Ben Zobrist, 2B3200211 .262
Evan Longoria, 3B4222110 .238
Casey Kotchman, 1B5032011 .342
Matt Joyce, RF4010113 .308
B.J. Upton, CF4122112 .224
John Jaso, C5010023 .223
Reid Brignac, SS5120015 .184
Wade Davis, P1000010 .000
   a- Justin Ruggiano, PH1000001 .310
    Joel Peralta, P0000000 .000
    Kyle Farnsworth, P0000000 .000
Totals37713759  
a-grounded out for Davis in the 8th
Batting
2B - Sam Fuld (14, Del Rosario), Evan Longoria 2 (12, Norris, Del Rosario), Casey Kotchman (13, Abad), John Jaso (9, Del Rosario)
HR - B.J. Upton (10, Abad)
SH - Wade Davis 2 (2)
RBI - Johnny Damon (34), Evan Longoria 2 (28), Casey Kotchman 2 (20), B.J. Upton 2 (37)
2-OUT RBI - Johnny Damon (8)
PK - Matt Joyce (2, Norris)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
DP - Davis-Kotchman-Brignac-Zobrist, Brignac-Zobrist-Kotchman, Brignac-Zobrist-Kotchman, Farnsworth-Kotchman
E - Reid Brignac (6, Misplayed grounder), Sam Fuld (3, Dropped line drive)
Tampa Bay Rays
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Wade Davis (W,7-5) 7511130 4.32
Joel Peralta (H,12) 0.1211000 3.50
Kyle Farnsworth (S,16) 1.2200000 2.05
HBP - Downs (by Wade Davis)
Pitches-Strikes - Wade Davis 88-59, Joel Peralta 15-9, Kyle Farnsworth 20-15
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Wade Davis 9-8, Kyle Farnsworth 2-2
Batters Faced - Wade Davis 27, Joel Peralta 3, Kyle Farnsworth 6
Houston Astros
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Michael Bourn, CF4010010 .284
Jeff Keppinger, 2B4120000 .318
Hunter Pence, RF3111100 .316
Carlos Lee, LF4021002 .265
Matt Downs, SS3000003 .272
Brett Wallace, 1B4010004 .292
Chris Johnson, 3B4010001 .244
Carlos Corporan, C3000011 .105
   a- Jason Bourgeois, PH1010000 .361
Bud Norris, P1000010 .074
   b- Angel Sanchez, PH1000001 .251
    Fernando Abad, P0000000 .000
   c- J.R. Towles, PH1000000 .195
    Enerio Del Rosario, P0000000 .000
    Sergio Escalona, P0000000 .000
   d- Jason Michaels, PH1000002 .205
Totals3429213  
a-singled for Corporan in the 9th
b-hit into fielder's choice for Norris in the 5th
c-grounded out for Abad in the 7th
d-lined out for Escalona in the 9th
Batting
2B - Michael Bourn (20, Davis), Hunter Pence (21, Peralta), Carlos Lee (19, Davis)
RBI - Hunter Pence (52), Carlos Lee (38)
2-OUT RBI - Carlos Lee (16)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Michael Bourn 1
E - Matt Downs (3, Misplayed grounder)
Houston Astros
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Bud Norris (L,4-6) 5633350 3.36
Fernando Abad 2311031 6.11
Enerio Del Rosario 1333100 5.24
Sergio Escalona 1100110 2.13
IBB - Joyce by Bud Norris, Upton by Sergio Escalona
WP - Sergio Escalona (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Bud Norris 95-57, Fernando Abad 41-28, Enerio Del Rosario 16-8, Sergio Escalona 21-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Bud Norris 6-3, Fernando Abad 1-2, Enerio Del Rosario 3-0
Batters Faced - Bud Norris 23, Fernando Abad 9, Enerio Del Rosario 7, Sergio Escalona 5
Game Information
Attendance - 27208
Game Time - 2:53
Temperature - 72
Umpires - Home - Jim Wolf, First Base - Tony Randazzo, Second Base - Larry Vanover, Third Base - Brian Gorman