ST. PETERSBURG -- Carl Crawford homered in the fourth inning for the Rays in Game 1 of the World Series on Wednesday, giving his club 23 home runs as it slugs through the franchise's first postseason.
Tampa Bay went on to lose Game 1 to Philadelphia, 3-2, managing only five hits.
Crawford's shot helped the Rays move up the chart of home runs hit in a single postseason by a club. The 2002 Giants, bolstered by a combined 14 homers from Rich Aurilia and Barry Bonds, hold the all-time lead; the '04 Astros hit 25 homers, and the '02 Angels hit 23.
Though the Rays have said numerous times that they predicated their game on pitching and defense, hitting home runs is hardly foreign. Tampa Bay scored only 774 runs on its way to a 94-win season and the first division title in organization history, but hit 180 home runs.
CARRY A BIG STICK
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Crawford slugged the first pitch he saw in the fourth inning from Phillies left-hander Cole Hamels over the wall in right-center field, cutting Philadelphia's lead to 3-1 in front of a sellout crowd at Tropicana Field.
With Crawford's home run, nine different Rays have homered this postseason. B.J. Upton leads the club with seven, and Evan Longoria is second with six. The combined 13 home runs for Upton and Longoria are second only to the tally accomplished by Aurilia and Bonds in 2002.
Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.