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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- B.J. Upton's power display overshadowed a tremendous pitching performance by teammate James Shields.
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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."
"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.
"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 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.
|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|
|Ian Kinsler, 2B||4||0||0||0||0||0||0||.263|
|Elvis Andrus, SS||4||0||0||0||0||2||0||.295|
|Josh Hamilton, CF||3||0||0||0||0||2||1||.287|
|Adrian Beltre, 3B||3||0||0||0||0||1||1||.316|
|Nelson Cruz, RF||3||0||1||0||0||0||0||.256|
|Michael Young, DH||3||0||0||0||0||0||1||.265|
|David Murphy, LF||3||0||1||0||0||0||0||.314|
|Geovany Soto, C||3||0||0||0||0||2||1||.209|
|Mitch Moreland, 1B||3||0||0||0||0||1||0||.282|
|DP - Beltre-Kinsler-Moreland, Beltre-Kinsler-Moreland|
|Roy Oswalt (L,4-3)||2||6||4||4||1||1||2||6.29|
|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, CF||5||3||3||3||0||1||0||.256|
|Jeff Keppinger, 3B||4||0||2||0||0||0||0||.328|
|Ben Zobrist, SS||3||1||0||0||1||0||2||.262|
|Evan Longoria, DH||4||0||2||0||0||0||1||.289|
|Ben Francisco, LF||4||0||0||0||0||0||3||.239|
|Sam Fuld, LF||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.296|
|Matt Joyce, RF||3||0||2||1||1||1||0||.254|
|Ryan Roberts, 2B||4||0||1||0||0||0||3||.238|
|Carlos Pena, 1B||4||1||2||0||0||1||2||.192|
|Jose Molina, C||4||1||1||2||0||1||3||.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)||9||2||0||0||0||8||0||3.71|
|Pitches-Strikes - James Shields 101-71|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - James Shields 11-8|
|Batters Faced - James Shields 29|
|Attendance - 20522|
|Game Time - 2:15|
|Temperature - 72|
|Umpires - Home - Larry Vanover, First Base - Jerry Layne, Second Base - Bill Miller, Third Base - Mike Estabrook|