Feb 16, 2008

Dusters brush off Ross, Ponies

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Texas turned the tables 1-0 on the suddenly hapless Matt Ross (5-2), dealing the dominant righty his second straight loss.

Jay Carlyle (3-4) outdueled Cy Young winner, allowing just two hits and no walks across eight innings, and Tony Fujiwara pitched a scoreless ninth inning to preserve the shutout and record his third save.

"Obviously, he pitched a great game, too, so I feel lucky that our offense came through and theirs didn't," Carlyle said.

The Dusters did their damage early, loading up the bases in the second inning on a Bernie Sosa infield single, a Charles Russell single to center and a two-out Mario Coppinger walk.

Ross dealt Bubba McClellan a free pass to send home Sosa for the game's only run.

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