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Norton, Shields lead Rays
Rangers fall in opener
Hank Blalock had a two-run homer and an RBI single, but that's all the offense the Rangers could generate in a loss to the host Devil Rays. Texas starter Adam Eaton allowed 11 hits and four runs in five innings to take the loss. Michael Young and Carlos Lee also had two hits each for the Rangers.
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Devil Rays 4, Rangers 3
Russ Branyan leaps to make a catch, robbing Michael Young of a hit in the third inning. (Steve Nesius/AP)
Series at a glance:
Rays pound out 14 hits
Greg Norton went 4-for-4 with three doubles and two runs scored as the Rays beat the visiting Rangers in the opener of a four-game series. Starter James Shields allowed three runs on eight hits in six innings to earn the victory. Seth McClung, normally a starter, earned his first save.
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 Branyan's winning single
TODAY'S WRAPS: August 21, 2006
TEX
Texas (65-61)
Lost 1
Tampa Bay 4, Texas 3   TB
Tampa Bay (50-75)
Won 1
August 21, 2006
   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   R   H   E 
Texas
0 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 0   3 9 1
Tampa Bay
0 2 0 1 1 0 0 0 X   4 14 0
Standings thru 8/21/06  |  Gameday  |  Rangers Stats  |  Devil Rays Stats
TexasABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Matthews, CF5000012.310
Young, SS4120000.307
Lee, LF3120100.297
Teixeira, 1B4010023.281
Blalock, 3B4123023.289
DeRosa, RF4000025.322
Stairs, DH4000000.261
Kinsler, 2B4010010.305
Barajas, C4010011.257
  1-Laird, PR0000000.329
Totals363931914 


1-Ran for Barajas in the 9th.

BATTING
2B: Young (44, Shields), Kinsler (21, Shields), Lee (27, Shields).
HR: Blalock (15, 3rd inning off Shields, 1 on, 2 out).
TB: Young 3; Lee 3; Teixeira; Blalock 5; Kinsler 2; Barajas.
RBI: Blalock 3 (79).
2-out RBI: Blalock 3.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: DeRosa 3; Matthews.
Team LOB: 7.

FIELDING
E: Young (10, fielding).
Outfield assists: DeRosa (Paul at home).

 
Tampa BayABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Upton, 3B5021020.213
Zobrist, SS5000002.197
Crawford, LF5000011.313
Norton, 1B4240000.307
  1-Lee, PR-1B0000000.216
Gomes, DH4000005.216
Branyan, RF4011012.212
  Baldelli, CF0000000.284
Hollins, CF-RF4131000.228
Paul, C2120200.261
Perez, 2B4021016.215
Totals3741442516 


1-Ran for Norton in the 7th.

BATTING
2B: Norton 2 (10, Eaton, Eaton), Perez (10, Eaton).
TB: Upton 2; Norton 6; Branyan; Hollins 3; Paul 2; Perez 3.
RBI: Hollins (29), Perez (15), Upton (3), Branyan (27).
2-out RBI: Hollins; Perez; Upton; Branyan.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Gomes; Zobrist; Perez 4.
Team LOB: 11.

BASERUNNING
CS: Upton (1, 2nd base by Eaton/Barajas).

 
TexasIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Eaton (L, 3-3)5.011442204.45
Wilson 1.21000303.58
Bauer 1.12000003.51
 
Tampa BayIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Shields (W, 6-6)6.08331714.74
Meadows (H, 3)2.00000205.43
McClung (S, 1)1.01000006.57

Pitches-strikes: Eaton 105-65, Wilson 23-17, Bauer 22-15, Shields 98-61, Meadows 30-20, McClung 19-13.
Ground outs-fly outs: Eaton 3-8, Wilson 1-1, Bauer 1-3, Shields 5-6, Meadows 3-1, McClung 0-3.
Batters faced: Eaton 27, Wilson 6, Bauer 6, Shields 27, Meadows 6, McClung 4.
Inherited runners-scored: Bauer 1-0.
Umpires: HP: Brian Gorman. 1B: Bill Miller. 2B: Eric Cooper. 3B: Gerry Davis.
Weather: 72 degrees, dome.
Wind: Indoors.
T: 2:44.
Att: 7,820.

Box score official statistics approved by Major League Baseball Office of the Commissioner
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