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Kazmir finally wins, pitches D-Rays past Tigers

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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DETROIT -- A subtle shift made a big difference for Tampa Bay Devil Rays pitcher Scott Kazmir.

The left-hander used to put just the toe of his left foot on the right side of the rubber when beginning his delivery. After a week of throwing on the side under the tutelage of pitching coach Chuck Hernandez, Kazmir moved his heel to the edge of the rubber.

"It made it easier to pitch outside," Kazmir said after earning his first win of the season in a 6-2 victory Thursday over the Detroit Tigers. "It was difficult at first, but as I went on, I got into a rhythm."

Nick Green and Damon Hollins homered for the Devil Rays, who snapped a four-game losing streak.

Kazmir (1-4) allowed two runs and three hits in 5 2/3 innings. He walked four and struck out two.

He departed after he was hit on the right leg by Dmitri Young's line drive. Seth McClung and Lance Carter held the lead for Danys Baez, who escaped a bases-loaded jam in the eighth and got five outs for his fourth save in seven chances.

"(Kazmir) threw well and we gave him some run support," Devil Rays manager Lou Piniella said. "But you want all of your young pitchers to win, because it settles them down. You talk about pitching well, but the biggest confidence booster is winning a baseball game."

Mike Maroth, a late substitution for Jeremy Bonderman, took the loss. Maroth (4-3) allowed six runs and nine hits in six innings.

"I felt fine," he said. "I just didn't have the same stuff I normally do. I would say my stuff was below average today. I just tried to make it through each inning and battle."

Detroit manager Alan Trammell said before the game that he decided on Tuesday to give Bonderman another day off after the pitcher told him his arm "was a little dead." Bonderman is expected to start against Arizona on Friday.

The Tigers (19-20) failed again to get over the .500 mark, which disappointed Trammell.

"We had a shot to sweep and get over .500 and we didn't look like there was any urgency, so that's disappointing," he said.

Kazmir, who entered with a 7.20 ERA on the road, retired the first eight Detroit batters and did not allow a hit until Young's fourth-inning double.

He walked Ramon Martinez and Nook Logan with two outs in the third, but struck out Brandon Inge to end the threat.

"He had a couple hitters where he lost it, but it was good to see him regroup," Green said.

The Devil Rays got their first two runs in the second after loading the bases on three singles. Charles Johnson and Carl Crawford each walked with the bases loaded to make it 2-0.

"I was nitpicking a little bit, trying to make too good of a pitch, and I got in a bad situation," Maroth said.

Hollins hit a two-run homer in the fourth. Julio Lugo singled and scored on Aubrey Huff's sacrifice fly, and Green led off the sixth with a home run.

The Tigers broke up the shutout bid in the bottom half. Logan singled, went to second on a walk by Inge and third when Ivan Rodriguez hit into a fielder's choice.

Logan scored on a single by Rondell White which sent Rodriguez to third, and he scored on Young's liner off Kazmir's leg, which Tampa Bay third baseman Jorge Cantu picked up and threw to first, retiring Young.

Piniella immediately removed Kazmir from the game.

"I looked up and saw Lou, and I knew that was it," Kazmir said. "(The leg) was pretty sore."

Kazmir walked off the field without assistance. Piniella said the pitcher had a bruise and was not expected to miss a turn in the rotation.

Notes

  • Detroit's Carlos Pena, who was not in the lineup, was ejected by plate umpire Gary Cederstrom in the fourth inning.
  • Tampa Bay improved to 16-13 in Detroit, the only city where the Devil Rays have a winning record.
  • Inge's 10-game hitting streak ended.
 
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Scott Kazmir finally get his first win, but not before leaving the game with a big leg bruise. (AP)
Scott Kazmir finally get his first win, but not before leaving the game with a big leg bruise. (AP)

Players of the Game
Tampa Bay

N. Green
AB 3
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
Tampa Bay

D. Hollins
AB 4
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 2
 
Tampa Bay Devil Rays
Carl Crawford, LF4011121 .260
Julio Lugo, SS5120004 .258
Eduardo Perez, 1B3010000 .275
   a- Chris Singleton, PH-RF2000011 .271
Josh Phelps, DH5120003 .261
Aubrey Huff, RF-1B3111001 .242
Jorge Cantu, 3B4110013 .270
Nick Green, 2B3121010 .329
Charles Johnson, C3021101 .281
Damon Hollins, CF4112005 .302
Totals3661362519 
a-struck out for Perez in the 7th
Batting
HR - Nick Green (2, Maroth), Damon Hollins (2, Maroth)
SF - Aubrey Huff (4)
SH - Nick Green (4)
RBI - Carl Crawford (20), Aubrey Huff (24), Nick Green (10), Charles Johnson (5), Damon Hollins 2 (7)
2-OUT RBI - Carl Crawford (5), Damon Hollins 2 (5)
CS - Carl Crawford (2, 2nd base by Creek/Rodriguez)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Cantu-Perez
Tampa Bay Devil Rays
Scott Kazmir (W,1-4) 5.2322420 4.44
Seth McClung 0.1000000 9.22
Lance Carter 1.1200110 4.76
Danys Baez (S,4) 1.2100120 2.70
Pitches-Strikes - Scott Kazmir 100-55, Seth McClung 5-3, Lance Carter 36-20, Danys Baez 28-19
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Scott Kazmir 6-8, Seth McClung 1-0, Danys Baez 2-1
Batters Faced - Scott Kazmir 23, Seth McClung 1, Lance Carter 7, Danys Baez 7
Detroit Tigers
Nook Logan, CF4120100 .343
Brandon Inge, 3B4000125 .320
Ivan Rodriguez, C4110001 .262
Rondell White, DH3011100 .295
Dmitri Young, 1B4011003 .287
Craig Monroe, RF4000025 .282
Marcus Thames, LF3000110 .183
Omar Infante, 2B3000101 .246
Ramon Martinez, SS3010101 .226
Totals322626516 
Batting
2B - Dmitri Young (7, Kazmir)
RBI - Rondell White (18), Dmitri Young (20)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - Young-Martinez
Detroit Tigers
Mike Maroth (L,4-3) 6966232 4.28
Matt Ginter 2200020 3.92
Doug Creek 1200000 0.00
Pitches-Strikes - Mike Maroth 100-65, Matt Ginter 22-17, Doug Creek 14-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mike Maroth 8-7, Matt Ginter 2-1, Doug Creek 1-1
Batters Faced - Mike Maroth 29, Matt Ginter 7, Doug Creek 4
Game Information
Attendance - 20355
Game Time - 2:54
Temperature - 58
Umpires - Home - Gary Cederstrom, First Base - Bill Welke, Second Base - Tim Welke, Third Base - Brian O'Nora