Crawford cranks 3-run game-winning shot in ninth

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- When Carl Crawford homers, he makes
it count.

Crawford's first homer since opening day, a three-run drive with
one out in the ninth inning, gave the Devil Rays a 4-3 victory over
the Chicago White Sox on Friday night and consecutive wins for the
first time in seven weeks.

Crawford drove a 0-1 pitch from Billy Koch (5-5) into the
right-field seats after Javier Valentin walked and pinch-hitter Al
Martin singled.

"I didn't think it was going out. I was saying: `Go ball go,'
the whole time," Crawford said.

Crawford also hit a three-run homer in the ninth to beat Boston
on March 31.

"I thought it might be my last one," he said. "I didn't know
when the next one was coming, but I'll take it."

Jesus Colome (2-4) pitched one inning and won despite giving up
a solo homer to Brian Daubach in the top of the ninth. Roberto
Alomar drove in Chicago's other two runs for his first RBI with
the White Sox.

Tampa Bay won consecutive games for the first time since May
15-16. Chicago, which had won six of its previous seven, came
within two outs of climbing over .500 for the first time since May

The Devil Rays will try to win three in a row for the first time
all year on Saturday. Manager Lou Piniella has promised to dye his
hair if the last-place team wins three straight at any point in the

"It's been so long, I've forgotten it," Piniella said when
reminded of the vow. "But if they go out and win tomorrow, they'll
get it."

White Sox starter Bartolo Colon allowed one run and eight hits
in 6 2-3 innings, departing with a 2-1 lead. Koch, who struck out
Jason Tyner to begin the ninth, blew a save for the fourth time in
15 chances.

"It's a tough loss. Any time you lose with a three-run homer
against your closer, that's a tough loss. There's no doubt about
it," said Chicago manager Jerry Manuel, adding that Koch's
performance has him considering other options for the closer role.

"It's not a clear-cut thing at this time. ... We'll see what we
can do to straighten him out," Manuel said.

Alomar, playing his second game since being obtained from the
New York Mets for three prospects, went 2-for-3 and drove in
Chicago's first two runs with a two-out, bases-loaded single off
Victor Zambrano in the second. He is 3-for-8 since joining the
White Sox on Wednesday.

Aubrey Huff had two of Tampa Bay's eight hits off Colon, who
took a five-hit shutout into the seventh and had only allowed one
runner past second before Julio Lugo hit his third homer of the

Colon was lifted after singles by the next two batters, Crawford
and Rocco Baldelli. Reliever Damaso Marte struck out Huff to get
out of the inning. Marte pitched a perfect eighth before turning
the game over to Koch.

Both of Chicago's runs off Zambrano were unearned, and he
allowed four hits in eight innings.

Huff singled off Colon with two outs in the first and doubled
with one out in the fourth. Javier Valentin and Lugo singled for
Tampa Bay with two outs in the fifth, but Colon fanned Crawford.

Zambrano limited Chicago to three hits through six innings, but
got into trouble in the second when he walked Daubach and Joe
Crede, loading the bases after Carl Everett's reached on an error.

Alomar lined a single to right to drive in Everett and Daubach
for a 2-0 lead. His pair of singles were the only hits off Zambrano
until Jose Valentin singled with two outs in the fifth.

Tampa Bay won in dramatic fashion for the second straight game.
Martin hit a two-run homer in the eighth, and Marlon Anderson's RBI
single in the 10th gave the Devil Rays a 6-5 victory over Boston on
Thursday night.

"We don't draw it up like that, it just happens," Crawford
said. "We just try to play hard and keep it close as long as we
can. If we keep it close, we feel we can come back."

Game notes
Daubach homered for the third straight game. ... Zambrano
had four of Tampa Bay's five wins in June, allowing 11 earned runs
and 23 hits in 42 innings. ... Chicago's Frank Thomas walked in the
third inning, moving ahead of Hall of Famer Willie McCovey for 26th
on the career list with 1,346. ... Devil Rays LHP Joe Kennedy (left
shoulder inflammation) made a rehab start for Triple-A Durham
Friday night. He allowed one run and six hits in 6 1-3 innings
against Richmond.