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TORONTO -- Scott Kazmir keeps getting better.
Acquired before last year's trade deadline from the New York Mets, Kazmir leads the Devil Rays with a 4.02 ERA, 149 strikeouts and 162 1/3 innings. The left-hander is tied with Mark Hendrickson and Casey Fossum for the most wins.
"He's 21, he's a little inconsistent at times, but from the pitcher that we brought up last September to the pitcher that we have here this September, there is a whole lot of improvement," Tampa Bay manager Lou Piniella said.
"From his stuff to posture and presence, the whole thing has improved and that's what you want to see in a young pitcher."
Kazmir (8-9) allowed four hits, struck out nine and walked one in seven innings. He escaped a jam in the first, when he put the first two runners on.
"It set the tone," Kazmir said. "To get out of that is a big confidence booster."
He was 0-4 with a 6.04 ERA in four career starts against Toronto before Sunday.
"The first few times against them I was nibbling a little bit, not worrying about getting ahead," Kazmir said. "I was trying to make the perfect pitch."
"Kazmir didn't make too many mistakes, and when he did we didn't do much," Adams said. "He's a good young pitcher. He's going to be good for a long time."
Toby Hall drove in the lone run with a sacrifice fly in the second. Tampa Bay has won two straight after losing five in a row.
The Blue Jays managed just two hits in Saturday's loss and have dropped 12 of their last 16. Toronto has been shut out 11 times, tied with Oakland for most in the AL.
"When it goes bad it seems like it goes bad for everybody," Adams said. "I don't know what the key is going to be to get out of it."
Bush allowed one run on six hits, while striking out five and walking none in seven-plus innings.
|Players of the Game|
|Tampa Bay Devil Rays|
|Julio Lugo, SS||3||0||0||0||0||0||1||.303|
|Carl Crawford, LF||4||0||1||0||0||0||1||.288|
|Jorge Cantu, 2B||4||0||0||0||0||1||1||.292|
|Jonny Gomes, DH||4||0||2||0||0||1||1||.284|
|Travis Lee, 1B||4||1||1||0||0||1||2||.284|
|Damon Hollins, RF||4||0||1||0||0||1||1||.256|
|Toby Hall, C||2||0||0||1||0||1||0||.285|
|Alex Gonzalez, 3B||3||0||1||0||0||2||1||.253|
|Joey Gathright, CF||3||0||1||0||0||0||1||.287|
|2B - Alex Gonzalez (16, Bush)|
|SF - Toby Hall (6)|
|RBI - Toby Hall (42)|
|SB - Carl Crawford (39, 2nd base off Bush/Quiroz), Jonny Gomes (5, 2nd base off Bush/Quiroz), Joey Gathright (12, 2nd base off Bush/Quiroz)|
|CS - Jonny Gomes (5, 2nd base by Frasor/Quiroz)|
|Team LOB - 5|
|DP - Hall-Lugo|
|Tampa Bay Devil Rays|
|Scott Kazmir (W,8-9)||7||4||0||0||1||9||0||4.02|
|Joe Borowski (H,17)||1||0||0||0||1||1||0||3.31|
|Danys Baez (S,33)||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||2.61|
|HBP - Menechino (by Scott Kazmir)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Scott Kazmir 108-74, Joe Borowski 21-13, Danys Baez 6-5|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Scott Kazmir 5-6, Joe Borowski 1-1, Danys Baez 1-2|
|Batters Faced - Scott Kazmir 26, Joe Borowski 4, Danys Baez 3|
|Toronto Blue Jays|
|Reed Johnson, LF||3||0||1||0||0||2||0||.274|
|a- Frank Catalanotto, PH-LF||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||.289|
|Russ Adams, SS||4||0||2||0||0||1||1||.269|
|Vernon Wells, CF||3||0||0||0||1||0||4||.274|
|Shea Hillenbrand, 1B||4||0||0||0||0||1||4||.288|
|Aaron Hill, 3B||3||0||0||0||0||0||3||.281|
|b- Corey Koskie, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.243|
|Alex Rios, RF||4||0||1||0||0||1||0||.263|
|Frank Menechino, DH||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.222|
|c- Gabe Gross, PH-DH||2||0||0||0||0||2||1||.214|
|Guillermo Quiroz, C||3||0||0||0||0||2||1||.000|
|Orlando Hudson, 2B||3||0||0||0||0||1||1||.273|
|a-walked for Johnson in the 8th|
|b-flied out for Hill in the 9th|
|c-struck out for Menechino in the 4th|
|2B - Reed Johnson (17, Kazmir)|
|CS - Alex Rios (8, 2nd base by Kazmir/Hall)|
|Team LOB - 6|
|DP - R. Adams-Hillenbrand|
|Toronto Blue Jays|
|Dave Bush (L,4-8)||7||6||1||1||0||5||0||4.12|
|HBP - Lugo (by Dave Bush)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Dave Bush 98-71, Jason Frasor 23-17|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Dave Bush 8-8, Jason Frasor 1-1|
|Batters Faced - Dave Bush 28, Jason Frasor 5|
|Attendance - 20679|
|Game Time - 2:29|
|Temperature - 68|
|Umpires - Home - Jim Wolf, First Base - Sam Holbrook, Second Base - Larry Vanover, Third Base - Randy Marsh|