Texas at Tampa Bay

Tampa Bay
W: J. Shields (14-8) L: R. Oswalt (4-3)
HR: TEX - None   TB - B. Upton (19),J. Molina (6),B. Upton (20),B. Upton (21)

Upton hits 3 HRs, Rays blank Rangers

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- B.J. Upton's power display overshadowed a tremendous pitching performance by teammate James Shields.

Upton hit three home runs, Shields threw a two-hitter and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Texas Rangers 6-0 on Sunday.

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"You kind of dream about doing things like that and they don't happen very often," Upton said. "And to do that against a Ranger ballclub that pitches pretty well is a great feeling."

Upton hit solo homers in the first, fourth and sixth innings. He struck out in second, and received a standing ovation before hitting a broken-bat grounder to third in the eighth.

"They were talking to me about (hitting a fourth home run) in the dugout, but I wasn't trying to do that," Upton said. "I broke that bat and I wasn't too happy about that."

Upton joined Evan Longoria (2008) and Jonny Gomes (2005) as the only Tampa Bay players with three-homer games.

"He's player of the game as far as I'm concerned," Shields said. "Three home runs in one game ... it's probably the first time he's ever done that in a game. He's really locked in right now. He's one of the guys that, I told everyone this year, he's my pick to click and he's really showing it down the stretch here."

Tampa Bay took two of three in the weekend series against the AL West leaders. The first two games went extra innings. The Rays trail the AL East-leading New York Yankees by two games.

Shields (14-8) permitted just three baserunners. Elvis Andrus reached on a first-inning error, Nelson Cruz had an infield single in the second and David Murphy singled in the eighth.

"James Shields was on," Texas manager Ron Washington said. "He was really good. If you look at the game, you've got to give credit to James Shields. When a guy like that is pitching like that, it makes you look like you're lethargic."

Texas completed a 10-game road trip at 6-4.

"Today definitely wasn't our day," Rangers designated hitter Michael Young said.

Shields struck out eight in his second complete-game shutout this year. The other came in a 3-0 win over Oakland on July 31.

"Shieldsy was outstanding today and that was as good as he's thrown all year, and BJ's performance ... put those together and they were fun to watch," Rays manager Joe Maddon said.

Upton put the Rays up 1-0 on a first-pitch leadoff homer against Roy Oswalt (4-3) in the first. Matt Joyce, mired in an 8-for-60 slide, made it 2-0 later in the inning with an RBI double.

Upton had a fourth-inning shot off Martin Perez that extended the lead to 5-0. He also hit his 21st homer this season against the left-handed reliever in the sixth.

Oswalt, making his first start since Aug. 23, left after two innings because of right flexor muscle soreness near his elbow. The right-hander, who allowed four runs and six hits, took the place of 15-game winner Matt Harrison, who had his scheduled start pushed back from Sunday to Tuesday to allow for extra rest.

"I felt it on one pitch in the first, on my slider and it bit me a little bit," Oswalt said. "Couple days, it should be all right."

Tampa Bay went ahead 4-0 on Jose Molina's two-run homer during the second. It was his sixth homer this season and first since Aug. 17.


  • Tampa Bay LHP David Price (left shoulder soreness) will have a bullpen session on Tuesday. Maddon expects the 17-game winner to start either Friday or Saturday at the New York Yankees.
  • Texas had won six straight series.
  • Oswalt has given up 11 homers in 54 1-3 innings this season.
  • Rays LF Desmond Jennings was out of the starting lineup for the second consecutive game because of lower back stiffness. He could return Tuesday.
  • LHP Miguel De Los Santos, placed on waivers by Texas on Thursday, was claimed by Milwaukee.
  • Texas struck out 35 times in the series.
  • Both teams are off Monday.
  • Tampa Bay plays at Baltimore, while Texas hosts Cleveland on Tuesday.
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B.J. Upton is congratulated after hitting one of his three home runs Sunday -- just the third Ray to do so.  (AP)
B.J. Upton is congratulated after hitting one of his three home runs Sunday -- just the third Ray to do so. (AP)

Players of the Game
Tampa Bay

B. Upton
AB 5
R 3
H 3
HR 3
Tampa Bay

J. Shields
IP 9.0
H 2
ER 0
BB 0
K 8

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Elvis Andrus, SS4000020 .295
Josh Hamilton, CF3000021 .287
Adrian Beltre, 3B3000011 .316
Nelson Cruz, RF3010000 .256
Michael Young, DH3000001 .265
David Murphy, LF3010000 .314
Geovany Soto, C3000021 .209
Mitch Moreland, 1B3000010 .282
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Texas Rangers
Roy Oswalt (L,4-3) 2644112 6.29
Martin Perez 5722132 3.96
Yoshinori Tateyama 1000000 10.54
Pitches-Strikes - Roy Oswalt 49-31, Martin Perez 74-52, Yoshinori Tateyama 2-2
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Roy Oswalt 2-3, Martin Perez 6-5, Yoshinori Tateyama 2-0
Batters Faced - Roy Oswalt 13, Martin Perez 22, Yoshinori Tateyama 2
Tampa Bay Rays
B.J. Upton, CF5333010 .256
Jeff Keppinger, 3B4020000 .328
Ben Zobrist, SS3100102 .262
Evan Longoria, DH4020001 .289
Ben Francisco, LF4000003 .239
    Sam Fuld, LF0000000 .296
Matt Joyce, RF3021110 .254
Ryan Roberts, 2B4010003 .238
Carlos Pena, 1B4120012 .192
Jose Molina, C4112013 .205
2B - Matt Joyce (16, Oswalt)
HR - B.J. Upton 3 (21, Oswalt, Perez, Perez), Jose Molina (6, Oswalt)
RBI - B.J. Upton 3 (66), Matt Joyce (52), Jose Molina 2 (25)
2-OUT RBI - Matt Joyce (24)
Team LOB - 7
DP - Zobrist-Roberts-Pena
E - James Shields (5, Missed catch of throw)
Tampa Bay Rays
James Shields (W,14-8) 9200080 3.71
Pitches-Strikes - James Shields 101-71
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - James Shields 11-8
Batters Faced - James Shields 29
Game Information
Attendance - 20522
Game Time - 2:15
Temperature - 72
Umpires - Home - Larry Vanover, First Base - Jerry Layne, Second Base - Bill Miller, Third Base - Mike Estabrook