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Padres hit 3 homers in win over Tampa Bay

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Will Venable, Adrian Gonzalez and Chase Headley homered to help the San Diego Padres beat the Tampa Bay Rays 5-4 Wednesday night.

Venable broke a scoreless tie with a two-run shot in the fifth. Gonzalez hit a solo homer in the sixth for a 3-0 lead, and is 33 for 77 with seven homers and 20 RBIs in June.

After the Rays rallied to make it 3-all, Jerry Hairston Jr. put the Padres ahead with an RBI single in the seventh off James Shields (6-7). Headley made it 5-3 on his solo drive in the ninth.

San Diego will look to complete a sweep of the three-game interleague series Thursday.

The slumping Rays held a players-only meeting before batting practice, which was called for by first baseman Carlos Pena. Tampa Bay, which got a solo homer from Sean Rodriguez during a three-run sixth, has gone 10-17 since May 23.

"Just wanted to let the guys know, or remind the guys that we're an awesome team," Pena said. "Not allow all the outside distractions to put extra pressure on ourselves or to take us off course. Regardless of what's going on around us, our only goal, immediate goal, is to play our kind of baseball."

Tampa Bay tied it at 3 in the sixth when B.J. Upton hit an RBI double, pinch hitter Willy Aybar had a sacrifice fly and Rodriguez homered.

Jason Bartlett scored with two outs in the ninth when Headley made a poor throw on Carl Crawford's grounder in the ninth.

Reliever Luke Gregerson (2-2) allowed one run in 1 1-3 innings. Heath Bell pitched the ninth for his 19th save.

Shields, who retired his first 11 batters before Gonzalez extended his hitting streak to 11 games with a single in the fourth, gave up four runs and six hits over seven innings. The right-hander was coming off a win that stopped a personal five-game losing streak in his first career relief appearance Saturday when the Rays used a club-record nine pitchers during a 9-8, 11-inning victory over Florida.

San Diego starter Kevin Correia allowed two runs, three hits and five walks in 5 1-3 innings.

Tampa Bay's Evan Longoria, the leading vote-getter among third basemen for the AL All-Star team, went 0 for 3 with runners in scoring position. He has four hits in his last 30 at-bats.

NOTES: Tampa Bay OF Gabe Kapler (right hip) is set to start a minor league rehab assignment and could be activated from the disabled list next week. ... Padres INF Everth Cabrera (right hamstring) might rejoin the team this weekend.


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