Final

Series: Game 2 of 2

Series tied 1-1 (as of 5/27)

Game 1: Friday, May 25
Tampa Bay4Final
Chi White Sox5
Game 2: Saturday, May 26
Tampa BayPostponed
Chi White Sox
Game 2: Sunday, May 27
Tampa Bay11Final
Chi White Sox5

Devil Rays 11

(20-28, 8-14 away)

White Sox 5

(24-21, 12-11 home)

    2:05 PM ET, May 27, 2007

    U.S. Cellular Field, Chicago, Illinois 

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    TB 011002133 11 15 0
    CWS 004000001 5 11 0

    W: S. Kazmir (3-2)

    L: J. Vazquez (2-3)

    Devil Rays keep ball in play, put game away in eighth

    A CLOSER LOOK
    • Summary: B.J. Upton led the Devil Rays, who tied a season high with 15 hits, with four hits and Carl Crawford hit a go-ahead RBI triple in the seventh to help Tampa Bay come from behind to beat the White Sox.

    B.J. Upton
    Upton

    • Turning point: Delmon Young's two-run single and Upton's RBI single gave the Devil Rays some insurance runs in the eighth.

    • Figure this: The White Sox finished with 25 LOB.

    • Quotable: "It was good to get [Scott] Kazmir some runs. He's been struggling a little bit and I think once he saw the game was tied up, he gained a little confidence and started pitching better. It just worked out for everybody today." -- Crawford

    -- ESPN.com news services

    Devil Rays 11, White Sox 5

    CHICAGO (AP) -- It's been a challenge for Scott Kazmir to win games, so Carl Crawford was more than happy to help him out.

    Crawford hit a go-ahead RBI triple in the seventh inning to lead the Tampa Bay Devil Rays to an 11-5 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Sunday. It was third win for Kazmir in 17 starts dating to last season.

    "It was good to get Kazmir some runs," Crawford said. "He's been struggling a little bit and I think once he saw the game was tied up, he gained a little confidence and started pitching better. It just worked out for everybody today."

    Ty Wigginton and Carlos Pena homered as Tampa Bay came from behind to win for the 17th time and tied a season high with 15 hits.

    With Chicago leading 4-2 in the sixth inning, Greg Norton drew a leadoff walk from Javier Vazquez and Pena followed with his 10th homer to tie it.

    Vazquez left in the seventh after giving up a two-out infield single to B.J. Upton, who had four hits. Crawford greeted White Sox reliever Matt Thornton with an RBI triple to give Tampa Bay a 5-4 lead.

    Kazmir (3-2) allowed four runs and scattered eight hits in seven innings, while striking out seven and walking three. It was his longest outing this month.

    "I have to go deep in the games. You can't assume a win after five innings of ball. It's just not going to happen," said Kazmir, the club's opening day starter. "There are a lot of things that could have to do with it. I just have to focus on what I have to do, which is go as deep as I can in the ballgames."

    Vazquez (2-3) allowed five runs and eight hits in 6 2/3 innings. He struck out seven and walked one.

    The Devil Rays picked up some insurance runs in the eighth when Mike MacDougal gave up Delmon Young's two-run single and Nick Masset allowed Upton's RBI single. Shawn Riggans added a two-run single and Brendan Harris an RBI single in the ninth off White Sox reliever Andrew Sisco.

    Sisco was demoted to Triple-A Charlotte after the game, and manager Ozzie Guillen might make more changes to the bullpen.

    "We've got to do something about it," Guillen said. "We need to talk to MacDougal. Hopefully he hasn't lost confidence. It's a shame to see those guys suffer after they had been throwing the ball so well, they have great arms, but they aren't attacking the strike zone and they aren't throwing strikes."

    Tampa Bay took a 2-0 lead on Wigginton's homer in the second inning, and Crawford's RBI double in the third.

    In the third, Rob Mackowiak drew a walk with one out for the White Sox and advanced to second on Tadahito Iguchi's single. With two outs, Jermaine Dye hit an RBI single and Paul Konerko hit an RBI double. Joe Crede followed with a single, scoring Dye and Konerko to give the White Sox a 4-2 lead.

    White Sox utilityman Pablo Ozuna led off the first inning with a double, but rounded first base awkwardly and then injured himself sliding into second base. He fractured his right fibula and tore the deltoid ligament in his ankle. He walked off the field on his own, but will be re-evaluated by team doctors Monday and be placed on the 15-day disabled list.

    "We're going to miss a big part of this ballclub for maybe a couple of months. It's a shame, this kid is real valuable for us and for me," Guillen said. "We're going to talk about who we're going to call up. We don't know yet, we're a little confused right now."

    Game notes


    White Sox C A.J. Pierzynski and CF Darin Erstad had the day off. ... Tampa Bay RHP Jae Seo was moved to the bullpen from the starting rotation. ... Riggans played his first major league game of the season after being recalled from Triple-A Durham on Thursday. He was 1-for-5.

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