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Phillies crush Rays in Florida

EIGHT months haven't changed the Tampa Bay Rays' fortunes against the Philadelphia Phillies.

They lost the World Series in five games in October and began a three-game rematch with a lopsided 1-10 defeat on Tuesday night.

"It's the kind of game you put in the trash compactor and move on," Rays manager Joe Maddon said.

The Phillies, coming off a 1-8 interleague homestand, hope to build on it.

"Tonight is great and we've got a little room to celebrate, but when we leave here we should be thinking about tomorrow's game. This one's gone," Philadelphia manager Charlie Manuel said.

"That's how we play out there. That's what works for us, and we want to stay with what works."

Chase Utley and John Mayberry homered and combined to drive in seven runs in support of Jamie Moyer (5-6), who got his 251st career win.

Although the Phillies are nine games below .500 (13-22) at Citizens Bank Park, they remain in first place because they're a baseball-best 24-9 on the road.

Manuel said six runs in the first inning - not a change of scenery - was most responsible for his team getting back on track. "We scored some runs early, and scored enough where our pitchers could settle in and pitch," the Philadelphia manager said.

In other interleague games, it was: Boston 11, Washington 3; Detroit 5, Chicago Cubs 4; Cleveland 5, Pittsburgh 4; Toronto 7, Cincinnati 5; Philadelphia 10, Tampa Bay 1; Florida 7, Baltimore 6, 12 innings; Atlanta 4, NY Yankees 0; Kansas City 2, Houston 1; Minnesota 7, Milwaukee 3; LA Dodgers 5, Chicago White Sox 2; Arizona 8, Texas 2; LA Angels 4, Colorado 3; San Francisco 4, Oakland 1; San Diego 9, Seattle 7.

In the only National League game, the St Louis Cardinals beat the New York Mets 3-0.

In St Petersburg, Florida, Utley had a two-run double in the first inning.

He added his 16th homer, a two-run shot in the fourth, off David Price (1-2) for a 10-0 lead against the Rays' highly-regarded rookie left-hander.

Tampa Bay, which managed five hits off Moyer in six innings, scored on Jason Bartlett's fourth-inning single that extended the shortstop's career-best hit streak to 17.

"They're a good offensive ballclub. They can beat you in a lot of ways," said Moyer, who walked three and struck out four. "All of baseball saw it last year."

The 46-year-old, who made his pro debut 15 months before the 23-year-old Price was born, moved into a tie with Hall of Famer Bob Gibson for 43rd on the career wins list.

In New York, Joel Pineiro pitched a career-best two-hitter for St Louis, shutting out the New York Mets.

Pineiro only got one strikeout but an astounding 22 outs on the ground. It was his fifth career shutout and 11th complete game, and ended a run of five losing starts.

Albert Pujols smacked a two-run single and Pineiro matched the Mets at the plate by himself. He doubled and scored in the third inning, then singled in the fourth.


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