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Blue Jays rally to cap off Rays' 12-game win streak

SportsLine.com wire reports
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TORONTO -- Even though its team-record winning streak ended at 12 games, the Tampa Bay Devil Rays think they'll keep on benefiting from their spurt.

"It should give us confidence for the rest of our schedule. We turned our season around," manager Lou Piniella said after Reed Johnson's 10th-inning RBI single gave the Toronto Blue Jays a 2-1 victory Wednesday night.

"I'm proud of the way this team played," Piniella said. "You can't keep something like this going forever."

The Devil Rays had not lost since the San Francisco Giants beat them 7-3 on June 8. It was the longest winning streak in the major leagues since Arizona won 12 straight from June 18-30 last season.

A win would have put the Devil Rays (33-35) at .500.

"The streak showed that we can compete in the American League," Tampa Bay starter Victor Zambrano said. "We're going to keep showing we can win a lot of games."

Toronto trailed 1-0 but tied the score in the eighth when Zambrano bounced a wild pitch after Alexis Rios singled, stole second and took third on a groundout.

In the 10th, Dave Berg led off with a single off Jesus Colome (1-1), Frank Menechino walked on four pitches and Howie Clark sacrificed. Johnson then singled up the middle, scoring pinch-runner Chris Woodward.

"We knew we were going to lose sooner or later, but you hate to lose that one with the game being so close," said Tampa Bay outfielder Carl Crawford, who also thought his team proved something. "They are not going to take us lightly anymore."

Jason Frasor (3-2) pitched the 10th to complete a six-hitter for Toronto, which stopped the Devil Rays' road winning streak at eight.

"We didn't want them leaving with 13 or 14 in a row. We're desperate for wins, too," Frasor said.

The Blue Jays won despite missing injured sluggers Carlos Delgado and Vernon Wells. Toronto had put runners on second and third with two outs in the ninth, but Colome got Rios to ground to third.

Tampa Bay went ahead in the third against AL Cy Young Award winner Roy Halladay when Carl Crawford doubled and scored on a single by Robert Fick.

Zambrano, who has won four straight decisions, allowed one run on four hits in a season-high eight innings and threw 128 pitches. Halladay gave up one run and five hits in seven innings, striking out eight.

Notes

  • Yankees manager Joe Torre selected Blue Jays manager Carlos Tosca to be a coach at next month's All-Star Game in Houston.
  • Tampa Bay 1B Tino Martinez missed his third straight game because of tightness in his left hamstring. Piniella said Martinez won't play until the weekend.


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Reed Johnson (right) and the Blue Jays play small ball to put an end to the Devil Rays' recent roll.
Reed Johnson (right) and the Blue Jays play small ball to put an end to the Devil Rays' recent roll.(AP)

Players of the Game
Toronto

R. Johnson
AB 4
R 0
H 1
HR 0
RBI 1
Toronto

R. Halladay
IP 7.0
H 5
ER 1
BB 2
K 8
 
Tampa Bay Devil Rays
Carl Crawford, LF4120011 .309
Robert Fick, RF-1B3011101 .194
Rocco Baldelli, CF4000013 .280
Aubrey Huff, 1B3010100 .263
    Jose Bautista, PR-RF0000000 .263
Fred McGriff, DH4000023 .200
Julio Lugo, SS3000120 .275
Geoff Blum, 3B4010011 .188
Brook Fordyce, C4010011 .224
Rey Sanchez, 2B3000011 .269
Totals321613911 
Batting
2B - Carl Crawford (15, Halladay), Brook Fordyce (3, Halladay)
SH - Rey Sanchez (2)
RBI - Robert Fick (16)
CS - Jose Bautista (1, 2nd base by Chulk/Zaun)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Zambrano-Lugo-Huff, Lugo-Sanchez-Huff, Blum-Sanchez-Huff
E - Julio Lugo (12, wild throw)
Tampa Bay Devil Rays
Victor Zambrano 8411420 4.80
Jesus Colome (L,1-1) 1.1311200 1.46
HBP - Johnson (by Victor Zambrano)
WP - Victor Zambrano (3)
Pitches-Strikes - Victor Zambrano 128-73, Jesus Colome 35-19
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Victor Zambrano 8-11, Jesus Colome 2-2
Batters Faced - Victor Zambrano 30, Jesus Colome 9
Toronto Blue Jays
Frank Menechino, DH3010211 .244
Howie Clark, 1B3000102 .236
Reed Johnson, CF4011001 .280
Eric Hinske, 3B4010001 .242
Gregg Zaun, C4000001 .320
Orlando Hudson, 2B2000200 .262
Chris Gomez, SS4010002 .242
Alexis Rios, RF3120102 .259
Dave Berg, LF4010014 .224
    Chris Woodward, PR0100000 .282
Totals312716214 
Batting
2B - Chris Gomez (4, Colome)
SH - Howie Clark (3)
RBI - Reed Johnson (35)
SB - Alexis Rios (1, 2nd base off Zambrano/Fordyce)
CS - Eric Hinske (4, 2nd base by Zambrano/Fordyce)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - Hinske-Hudson-Clark, Clark-Gomez
Toronto Blue Jays
Roy Halladay 7511280 3.66
Vinny Chulk 2100100 1.80
Jason Frasor (W,3-2) 1000010 1.95
WP - Roy Halladay (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Roy Halladay 108-63, Vinny Chulk 22-12, Jason Frasor 16-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Roy Halladay 10-1, Vinny Chulk 2-3
Batters Faced - Roy Halladay 26, Vinny Chulk 7, Jason Frasor 3
Game Information
Attendance - 14713
Game Time - 2:44
Temperature - 73
Umpires - Home - Tim McClelland, First Base - Tony Randazzo, Second Base - Field Culbreth, Third Base - Jim Wolf