Rays survive Boston rally
Published: Monday, May 1, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, May 1, 2006 at 12:00 a.m.
ST. PETERSBURG - Scott Kazmir nearly had his strong outing wasted by Tampa Bay's struggling bullpen.
Kazmir struck out 10 in seven innings to help the Devil Rays beat Curt Schilling and the Boston Red Sox 5-4 on Sunday.
"It was beautiful," Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon said. "None of it surprises me. I just love his demeanor right now on the mound."
Kazmir (3-2) gave up two runs and five hits with one walk, beating Boston for the second time this season. He is 4-1 with a 2.45 ERA overall against the Red Sox.
Toby Hall and Carl Crawford hit two-run homers for Tampa Bay. Chad Orvella worked the eighth and allowed back-to-back homers to Mike Lowell and Wily Mo Pena in the ninth before he was pulled for Tyler Walker, who walked pinch-hitter Trot Nixon.
Shawn Camp relieved Walker and got the last two outs for his third save in three chances. Mark Loretta grounded out with runners on second and third to end the game. "I still have not exhaled," Maddon said.
Jason Giambi hit a two-run homer, and Mike Mussina (4-1) allowed one run and seven hits in six innings, striking out seven.
Johnny Damon had three hits for the second consecutive day. Andy Phillips also homered for the host Yankees, who took two of three in the series and finished 6-3 on their first long homestand of the season.
Pablo Ozuna scored the go-ahead run on Scot Shields' ninth-inning wild pitch, and the visiting Sox beat the Angels for a three-game sweep of the team they defeated in last year's AL championship series.
Kenny Rogers (4-2) and Todd Jones combined on a two-hitter for host Detroit, with Jones pitching a perfect ninth.
Carl Everett hit a go-ahead, two-run double off Rodrigo Lopez (1-3) in a three-run fifth that erased a 3-1 deficit for visiting Seattle.
Nick Swisher hit his 10th homer and drove in four runs for visiting Oakland, which won its 12th straight at the Royals.
Michael Young and Phil Nevin each drove in two runs during Texas' six-run seventh.
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