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Updated: Sunday, June 15, 2003 12:20 AM EDT
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Pittsburgh Pirates
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R H E
12 17 0
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9 14 1
W Fogg (3-3)
L R Bell (0-1)
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PITTSBURGH 12, TAMPA BAY 9
 

ST. PETERSBURG, Florida (Ticker) -- The Pittsburgh Pirates ended a six-game losing streak but almost certainly are going to lose a few players for a while.

Pittsburgh brawled early and survived late, hanging on to defeat the Tampa Bay Devil Rays , 12-9.

With Pittsburgh leading 7-1 in the fifth, Pirates starter Jeff Fogg threw inside and hit Marlon Anderson in the thigh. Catcher Jason Kendall stepped in front of Anderson keeping him from charging the mound. But as the two exhanged words on the way to first base, Kendall shoved Anderson in the face, sparking a benches-clearing brawl.

"I told him to go to first base," Kendall said. "He kind of slapped me. We weren't throwing at him. Stuff happens in a baseball game. It was an 88 mile-per-hour fastball. I think the whole thing is pretty weak. He might have a little bruise."

"Whether it was intentional or unintentional, nobody likes to get hit," Devil Rays manager Lou Piniella said. "Players are going to respond. There is nothing wrong with a little extracurricular activity."

Anderson, Kendall, Tampa Bay's Al Martin and Pittsburgh's Julian Tavarez all were ejected during the wild fight and likely face a suspension.

Martin and Tavarez received ejections because both were seen throwing punches as umpires attempted to break up the fight.

"I have got a lot of friends on that team," said Martin, a former Pirate. "But Tavarez took a shot at Rob Bell , so I just tried to contain him. I didn't throw any punches. I was pretty shocked that I got kicked out."

Fogg held Tampa Bay to three runs over the first eight innings, but the Devil Rays matched a season high with six runs in the ninth inning.

Julio Lugo began the rally in the ninth with a double. He advanced to third on a single by Javier Valentin and scored on a sacrifice fly by Carl Crawford . Fogg gave up singles to Jason Tyner and Damian Rolls before being relieved by Scott Sauerbeck .

"Josh did a nice job for us," Pirates manager Lloyd McClendon said. "He just ran out of gas in the ninth. I'm not hung up on complete games. I wanted him to experience the ninth inning. It's part of his learning experience. He will handle it better next time because he failed this time."

Sauerbeck walked Aubrey Huff , which plated Valentin and cut the deficit to 12-5. Travis Lee drove in Tyner with a groundout and Ben Grieve singled to score Rolls. Sauerbeck walked Terry Shumpert to load the bases, then gave up a double to Lugo, which scored two more.

Closer Mike Williams came in and walked pinch hitter Rocco Baldelli , loading the bases with two outs. But Crawford grounded out to short.

"I am proud of our team for not laying down. They battled," Piniella said. "That shows a lot of spunk to me. They just fell a little short, gave up too many runs."

Aramis Ramirez had two hits and four RBI for the Pirates, who also snapped a seven-game road losing streak. Ramirez capped a third-inning rally with a three-run double and put the Pirates' ahead 9-3 with a home run to left field in the seventh.

Jack Wilson had four hits, including a career-high three doubles, and three RBI and Jeff Reboulet had three hits, an RBI and two runs scored for Pittsburgh.

Wilson gave the Pirates a 6-1 lead with a two-run double in the fourth.

Bell made his Devil Rays ' debut, but lasted just 3 1/3 innings, allowing six runs and four hits.

Tyner finished with three hits with an RBI and two runs for Tampa Bay, which allowed at least 10 runs for the seventh time this season.


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