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Tampa Bay at St. Louis

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Tampa Bay (48-53) «010050001770
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Rays use five-run fifth to sink Cards, win sixth straight

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ST. LOUIS -- For a brief second, Tampa Bay right-hander Jake Odorizzi could swear he was at Tropicana Field.

Odorizzi, pitching 33 miles from his hometown of Highland, Illinois, allowed two runs over 5 2/3 innings and Yunel Escobar highlighted a five-run fifth inning with a two-run double to lead the Rays to a 7-2 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday night.

It was the Rays' season-high sixth straight win. They have outscored the opposition 36-11 during the run.

Odorizzi, pitching in St. Louis for the first time in his career, had as many as 500 supporters in the crowd of 43,623. The group made plenty of noise for its hometown hero when he left the game.

''It was pretty loud when I came out,'' he said. ''There were a lot of people standing up. I figured I had to tip my hat to them. I wanted to say thanks to everyone who came out from my town.''

Evan Longoria added a solo homer in the ninth for Tampa Bay.

St. Louis ace Adam Wainwright, making his first appearance since starting for the NL in the All-Star game, gave up six runs, four earned, in 4 2/3 innings. Wainwright (12-5) was trying to become the first 13-game winner in the NL. He walked four and hit a batter in his second-shortest outing of the season. He allowed seven earned runs in 4 1/3 innings in a 9-4 loss to San Francisco on May 30.

''That [fifth] inning was a train wreck,'' Wainwright said. ''It's hard to explain things weird like that happening. Every now and then, you have a really crazy inning like that.''

Manager Mike Matheny agreed,

''We just couldn't stop the bleeding,'' he said. ''That inning, he just couldn't get through it.''

Matt Carpenter and Matt Holliday hit solo home runs for the Cardinals.

But the night belonged to Odorizzi, who gave up five hits, struck out eight and walked three in improving to 4-1 over his last seven starts. He has allowed three earned runs or less in 15 of 20 starts this season. He gave up a leadoff homer to Carpenter on his fifth pitch of the night and then settled down with four successive scoreless innings.

''I was nervous in the first,'' he said. ''But things got better.''

Odorizzi said his defense supplied the turning point.

After giving up the homer, he walked Kolten Wong. But catcher Jose Molina threw out Wong stealing. Desmond Jennings then made a nice running catch in center field. Odorizzi took over from there giving up two hits over the next four frames.

''He was a little amped early,'' manager Joe Maddon said. ''But then he started making some great pitches.''

Tampa Bay first baseman James Loney said Odorizzi displayed his character in battling back.

''It just shows you what kind of guy he is,'' Loney said.

The Rays won their seventh successive road game, one shy of tying the franchise record.

Odorizzi outduelled Wainwright in a rematch of a June 10 game that the Cardinals won 1-0.

The Rays sent 10 batters to the plate in chasing Wainwright in the fifth. Matt Joyce broke a 1-1 tie with a run-scoring double. Wainwright, who walked three, hit a batter and committed a costly error in the inning, walked Loney one batter later with the bases loaded. Escobar followed with a ground-rule double to push the lead to 5-1.

Odorizzi, in his first major league at-bat, executed a perfect squeeze bunt in the second.

Maddon was ejected in the third inning by home plate umpire Mark Ripperger. Maddon was arguing a called third strike on Ben Zobrist from the dugout. It was Maddon's fourth ejection of the season and 36th with the Rays.

''It was a misunderstanding,'' Maddon said. ''Their pitcher started yelling at [our] dugout and I'm yelling back at him and the umpire thinks I'm yelling at the umpire and he kicks me out.''

Wainwright admitted to barking toward the Rays bench. But he said he was ready to continue pitching and was upset that Maddon continued to command Ripperger's attention.

''It was the first time I ever did that,'' Wainwright said. ''I was ready to pitch and I thought it was time for us to move on and I said so.''

Notes

Carpenter's homer leading off the game was his second of the season and fourth of his career. It broke an 0-for-13 skid. ... Struggling St. Louis OF Allen Craig started consecutive games for the first time since July 5. ...Tampa Bay is making only its second trip to St. Louis. The Cardinals won two of three from the Rays May 16-18, 2008. ... Maddon batted Odorizzi eighth in the batting order to keep OF Kevin Kiermaier in the No. 9 hole. Kiermaier is 12 for 23 in his last eight games. ... Cardinals RHP Lance Lynn (11-6, 3.13) will face RHP Alex Cobb (5-6, 4.08) in the finale of the two-game series Wednesday. ... Odorizzi is second among AL rookies with 124 strikeouts.

 
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Matt Joyce breaks a 1-1 tie with an RBI double in a five-run fifth. The Rays win a season-best sixth straight game. (USATSI)
Matt Joyce breaks a 1-1 tie with an RBI double in a five-run fifth. The Rays win a season-best sixth straight game. (USATSI)

Players of the Game
Tampa Bay

J. Loney
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
St. Louis

M. Carpenter
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
 
Tampa Bay Rays
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLG
Desmond Jennings, CF5000002.243.333.384
Ben Zobrist, 2B5100010.260.348.398
Matt Joyce, LF5121030.273.353.428
Evan Longoria, 3B4211011.262.336.400
James Loney, 1B4221100.287.345.383
Yunel Escobar, SS4012011.253.327.339
Jose Molina, C3011100.199.246.205
Jake Odorizzi, P1001112.000.500.000
   Jeff Beliveau, P0000000.000.000.000
   a-Brandon Guyer, PH1000000.272.321.361
   Brad Boxberger, P0000000.000.000.000
   Kirby Yates, P0000000.000.000.000
Kevin Kiermaier, RF2100203.311.363.563
Totals3477757    
a-lined out for Beliveau in the 8th
Batting
2B - Matt Joyce (19, Wainwright), James Loney (21, Wainwright), Yunel Escobar (13, Wainwright)
HR - Evan Longoria (12, Motte)
SH - Jake Odorizzi (1)
RBI - Matt Joyce (41), Evan Longoria (49), James Loney (47), Yunel Escobar 2 (25), Jose Molina (8), Jake Odorizzi (1)
2-OUT RBI - Evan Longoria (22)
SB - James Loney (4, 3rd base off Wainwright/Cruz), Jose Molina (3, 2nd base off Wainwright/Cruz)
Team LOB - 7
Tampa Bay Rays
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jake Odorizzi (W,6-8) 5.2522382 3.97
Jeff Beliveau (H,1) 1.1000010 0.00
Brad Boxberger 1100020 2.27
Kirby Yates 1100120 2.20
HBP - Ellis (by Jeff Beliveau)
Pitches-Strikes - Jake Odorizzi 106-65, Jeff Beliveau 18-14, Brad Boxberger 10-8, Kirby Yates 32-22
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jake Odorizzi 2-6, Jeff Beliveau 1-2, Brad Boxberger 1-0
Batters Faced - Jake Odorizzi 24, Jeff Beliveau 5, Brad Boxberger 4, Kirby Yates 5
St. Louis Cardinals
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLG
Matt Carpenter, 3B4121101.278.374.381
Kolten Wong, 2B4000113.246.302.397
Matt Holliday, LF4111011.268.374.407
Matt Adams, 1B4020010.325.340.527
Jhonny Peralta, SS4010032.255.331.455
Allen Craig, RF3000122.242.294.354
Jon Jay, CF1000101.292.351.373
   a-Peter Bourjos, PH-CF2000022.228.289.356
Tony Cruz, C4000021.211.294.263
Adam Wainwright, P1000010.233.283.302
   Seth Maness, P0000000.400.400.400
   b-Daniel Descalso, PH1000000.180.232.236
   Nick Greenwood, P0000000.000.000.000
   c-Mark Ellis, PH0000000.188.266.227
   Jason Motte, P0000000.000.000.000
   d-Oscar Taveras, PH1010000.200.235.275
Totals33272413    
a-struck out for Jay in the 6th
b-popped out for Maness in the 5th
c-hit by pitch for Greenwood in the 7th
d-singled for Motte in the 9th
Batting
HR - Matt Carpenter (5, Odorizzi), Matt Holliday (8, Odorizzi)
RBI - Matt Carpenter (35), Matt Holliday (51)
CS - Kolten Wong (2, 2nd base by Odorizzi/Molina)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
E - Adam Wainwright (1, Misplayed grounder)
St. Louis Cardinals
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Adam Wainwright (L,12-5) 4.2664440 2.02
Seth Maness 0.1000000 2.84
Nick Greenwood 2000020 4.74
Jason Motte 2111111 4.95
HBP - Longoria (by Adam Wainwright)
Pitches-Strikes - Adam Wainwright 87-49, Seth Maness 4-3, Nick Greenwood 23-14, Jason Motte 24-16
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Adam Wainwright 9-2, Nick Greenwood 1-3, Jason Motte 2-3
Batters Faced - Adam Wainwright 26, Seth Maness 1, Nick Greenwood 6, Jason Motte 8
Game Information
Attendance - 43623
Game Time - 3:23
Temperature - 89
Umpires - Home - Mark Ripperger, First Base - Dan Bellino, Second Base - Lance Barksdale, Third Base - Kerwin Danley