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Rays blank Rangers behind Upton's 3 homers, Shields 2-hit CG



CF B.J. Upton hit a team-record tying three home runs and James Shields threw a two-hit complete game shutout to lead the Rays to a 6-0 victory and a series win over the American League-leading Rangers on Sunday.

Upton led off the bottom of the first with a first-pitch homer, went deep in the fourth on a 3-and-0 count and then struck again on the first pitch he saw in the sixth.

After the third homer, Upton acknowledged the crowd's cheers by coming out of the dugout and waving his helmet.

He is the third Rays player to hit three homers in a game, joining Jonny Gomes (2005) and Evan Longoria (2008).

Shields gave up an infield single to Nelson Cruz in the second inning - on a bounced throw from shortstop Ben Zobrist that first baseman Carlos Pena couldn't scoop, ruled a hit by official scorer Bill Mathews - then retired 19 straight until David Murphy singled cleanly to center with two out in the eighth.

Shields ended up with his second complete game of the season, and his 14th win, throwing 101 pitches.

The Rays are off Monday, then head out on a challenging, and potentially season-defining, road trip to play the Orioles and Yankees, the two teams they are chasing in the AL East.


[Last modified: Tuesday, October 9, 2012 12:40am]


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