Devil Rays get 1st shut-out of the year, beat Texas

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Edwin Jackson pitched a four-hitter for his first career complete game, sending the Tampa Bay Devil Rays to a 3-0 victory over the Texas Rangers on Saturday night.

Jackson (3-11) struck out eight, walked one and allowed only one runner past second base in Tampa Bay's first shutout of the season. Delmon Young doubled twice and scored for the Devil Rays, who had been the only major league team without a shutout this year.

Jackson, who started the night with a 6.35 ERA, retired his first 10 batters before Brad Wilkerson doubled. The right-hander threw 79 of his 110 pitches for strikes.

David Murphy's double in the sixth, Michael Young's single in the seventh and Gerald Laird's single in the eighth were the only other hits for the Rangers. Played in 96-degree heat, the game took only 2 hours, 14 minutes.

Carl Crawford tripled and had two hits for the Devil Rays, extending his hitting streak to 12 games -- one short of his career high.

Tampa Bay took a 2-0 lead off John Rheinecker (1-1) on RBI doubles by Young in the first inning and Greg Norton in the second.

After Norton's double, Rheinecker retired his next 13 batters until Young's bloop double with two outs in the sixth. Brendan Harris followed with an RBI single to make it 3-0.

Rheinecker allowed 13 runs over 9 1-3 innings in his previous two starts, but he gave up only three runs and six hits in six innings against the Devil Rays. He struck out six and walked one.


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