Johnny Damon Drives in Four Runs as Rays Edge Cardinals

5 years 3 months 3 weeks ago July 03, 2011 Jul 3, 2011 Sunday, July 03 2011 Sunday, July 03, 2011 3:10:08 PM CDT in Baseball
Source: Assoicated Press
By: Associated Press

ST. PETERSBURG, FL (AP) -- Johnny Damon drove in four runs, Jeremy Hellickson pitched into the eighth inning to stop a personal four-game losing streak and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the St. Louis Cardinals 8-3 on Sunday.

Damon, who had four hits in Saturday night's 5-1 win over the Cardinals, went 3 for 5 and moved past Harry Heilmann and Lave Cross into 69th place on the all-time hits list with 2,661. His three-run triple in the eighth made it 8-3.

Hellickson (8-7) allowed three runs and six hits in 7 1/3 innings. The Rays had been outscored 20-1 during the right-hander's skid.

Kyle Farnsworth pitched the final 1 2/3 innings for his 17th save, entering with a runner on second and one out in the eighth. After retiring Matt Holliday on a flyball to right and walking Lance Berkman, the closer struck out David Freese.

Berkman and Yadier Molina homered for the Cardinals. Kyle Lohse (8-5) gave up five runs and seven hits over 5 1/3 innings.

B.J. Upton and John Jaso both had RBI doubles in the sixth as Tampa Bay went ahead 5-3. The Rays (47-37) took two of three from St. Louis and improved to 21-21 at home.

Berkman pulled St. Louis even at 3 on an opposite-field, two-run homer to left during the sixth. He has 22 homers this season, including 18 on the road.

Elliot Johnson reached on a two-out bunt single in the fifth and scored when Damon doubled to deep right. Damon also crossed the plate on the play to give the Rays a 3-1 lead when second baseman Skip Schumaker was charged with an error for an errant relay throw home.

Molina put the Cardinals up 1-0 on a second-inning homer. The Rays tied it at 1 in the third when Jaso doubled and later scored on Johnson's grounder.

St. Louis right fielder Jon Jay made a nice sliding catch on Justin Ruggiano's fourth-inning fly ball with two on and two outs.

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