Final

Series: Game 3 of 3

Tampa Bay won 2-1

Game 1: Monday, July 30
Toronto4Final
in 11
Tampa Bay5
Game 2: Tuesday, July 31
Toronto2Final
Tampa Bay0
Game 3: Wednesday, August 1
Toronto2Final
Tampa Bay6

Blue Jays 2

(53-54, 22-34 away)

Devil Rays 6

(41-66, 25-31 home)

    3:10 PM ET, August 1, 2007

    Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, Florida 

    123456789 R H E
    TOR 110000000 2 5 1
    TB 00100311 - 6 12 0

    W: G. Glover (5-3)

    L: J. Towers (5-8)

    Crawford's 3 hits give Devil Rays edge over Jays

    A CLOSER LOOK
    • Summary: All-Star Carl Crawford hit a two-run homer during a three-run sixth inning, leading the Devil Rays over the Blue Jays.

    Carl Crawford
    Crawford

    • Turning point: Crawford, who had three hits, connected off Josh Towers to put Tampa Bay up 3-2.

    • Figure this: Crawford, slowed recently by a sore right wrist, has two homers in his last three games after not hitting one in his previous 42 games.

    • Injury report: Devil Rays starter Jason Hammel was pulled after experiencing tightness in his right shoulder in the fourth. Hammel, who gave up two runs and three hits in three-plus innings, was replaced by Juan Salas after throwing three pitches to Troy Glaus in the fourth.

    • Quotable: "He's got a chance to be an MVP someday. You see guys that are big sluggers. He can do all that, plus that speed and the dimension of his defense. There's no one better at that, so yeah, we're tired of looking at him." -- Toronto manager John Gibbons on Crawford

    -- ESPN.com news services

    Devil Rays 6, Blue Jays 2

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- After beating Toronto twice, Carl Crawford gets to rest his wrist.

    The All-Star hit a go-ahead, two-run homer during a three-run sixth inning to lead the Tampa Bay Devil Rays to a 6-2 win over the Toronto Blue Jays Wednesday. He also hit a game-ending, 11th-inning homer in Monday's 5-4 win.

    "As long as I don't overswing, it doesn't hurt," said Crawford, who injured his right wrist diving for a ball Friday against Boston. "It's doesn't bother me when I field, but, yes, definitely glad to rest it on the day off."

    Crawford, who had three hits, connected off Josh Towers (5-8) to put Tampa Bay up 3-2. Brendan Harris made it 4-2 with an RBI single off Brandon League.

    Crawford has two homers in his last three games after not hitting one in his previous 42 games. During the three-game series against the Blue Jays, he went 5-for-8 with three RBIs.

    "He's an All-Star," Toronto manager John Gibbons said. "He's got a chance to be an MVP someday. You see guys that are big sluggers. He can do all that, plus that speed and the dimension of his defense. There's no one better at that, so yeah, we're tired of looking at him."

    Crawford is 20-for-47 (.426) against Towers with five home runs, his most off any pitcher. Against the Blue Jays this season, Crawford is 21-for-53 (.396) with five homers and 14 RBIs.

    "Wow, it's unbelievable," Towers said. "The home run was my fault because I know his hot zones, and early in the at-bat he was looking for a pitch to drive in a run. That just shows how good of a hitter he was."

    Towers allowed four runs and seven hits in 5 1/3 innings.

    Jonny Gomes also homered for the Devil Rays, just 8-26 since June 25. Gary Glover (5-3) threw two scoreless innings as five pitchers combined on a five-hitter.

    Devil Rays starter Jason Hammel was pulled after feeling tightness in his right shoulder. Hammel, who gave up two runs and three hits in three-plus innings, was replaced by Juan Salas after throwing three pitches to Troy Glaus in the fourth. Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon said Hammel will be examined by team doctors, but the injury is not considered serious.

    Toronto took a 2-0 lead on Alex Rios' RBI single in the first and Matt Stairs' run-scoring double in the second. Gomes, who has four homers in his last five games, cut the deficit in half with his homer in the third.

    Akinori Iwamura hit a seventh-inning sacrifice fly off Brian Tallet, and Harris had an RBI double in the eighth inning against Jason Frasor.

    Tampa Bay's maligned and recently revamped bullpen was able to hold the Blue Jays to take the series. Salas, Glover, Dan Wheeler and Al Reyes combined for six scoreless innings and gave up just two hits. Tampa Bay relievers, who entered with a major league-worst 6.65 ERA, gave up just one run and eight hits in 13 1/3 innings during the series.

    "When you lose games late like we do, that, more than anything, is the kick in the stomach that bothers you for a couple days," Maddon said. "When we've got the bullpen working, it makes all the difference in the world."

    Game notes


    Toronto DH Frank Thomas was rested and out of the starting lineup for the second straight game. Thomas did pinch hit in the seventh and flied out to center. ... Blue Jays RHP A.J. Burnett (right shoulder) felt fine after throwing a four-inning simulated game. ... Toronto 1B Lyle Overbay picked up his first stolen base of the season and the 10th of his career in 646 games. ... Crawford picked up his 34th stolen base of the season and 14th since July 1. ... Devil Rays C Raul Casanova was sent outright to Triple-A Durham. He was designated for assignment Friday.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press

    SPONSORED HEADLINES