Tampa Bay at Toronto

Tampa Bay
W: A. Burnett (3-3) L: S. Kazmir (2-2)
HR: TB - E. Dukes (6)   TOR - A. Rios (7)

Burnett fans season-high 10 as Jays stop nine-game slide

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports

TORONTO -- A.J. Burnett got some good advice from injured Blue Jays ace Roy Halladay before providing Toronto with a much-needed lift.

Burnett struck out a season-high 10 to win for the first time in three starts and the Blue Jays ended a nine-game losing streak with a 5-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Devil Rays on Friday night.

"It took a load off," Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said. "It felt like we won the World Series."

Alex Rios homered for Toronto, which has been riddled with injuries. Halladay was whisked to hospital before the game for an appendectomy, sidelining him for four to six weeks. Third baseman Troy Glaus suffered an apparent leg injury while running out a fly ball in the first inning.

"It was a draining game," Burnett said. "Every inning I had him (Halladay) out there with me. I sent him a text before the game and said 'This one's for you, Harry."'

Harry Leroy Halladay's response?

"He sent me one back saying 'I'm fine. Don't worry about me. Concentrate on the job at hand,"' Burnett said. "That's a typical Doc answer. He's doing well."

Burnett (3-3) allowed one run and five hits with a season-high five walks in 6 2/3 innings. He picked up his first win since beating the New York Yankees on April 26.

"I was a little wild early but I was aggressive," Burnett said. "Once I settled down and got in a rhythm, I just kept attacking. I didn't want to let my guard down."

Glaus, who missed 14 games earlier this season because of a sore left heel, was replaced by Jason Smith in the second inning.

"He said he felt a pop in there," Gibbons said, adding that Glaus will not play Saturday.

Rios hit a solo homer to left in the seventh, his seventh. Vernon Wells followed with a double and scored on Smith's single to make it 5-1.

"It was a strange feeling going into the ninth inning with the lead," Wells said. "It's a relief that the streak is over with."

Elijah Dukes homered in the first for Tampa Bay. It was his sixth of the season and third in the last seven games. He also homered the Devil Rays' 11-6 loss Thursday night at Baltimore.

Toronto went in front with a two-out rally in the fourth. Aaron Hill and Lyle Overbay singled before Jason Phillips hit a two-run double to center to make it 2-1.

Phillips' double gave the Blue Jays their first lead since they led 1-0 in the fifth inning of last Sunday's 3-2 loss at Texas.

"It feels good," Phillips said. "We got to play some music in (the clubhouse). It's not a morgue in here."

Carlos Pena's fielding error in the sixth allowed Hill to score Toronto's third run.

Pena said Burnett benefited from plate umpire Larry Vanover's wide strike zone.

"He was spotting that ball low and away pretty well," Pena said. "He got a lot of calls out there. They were pitcher's pitches. He did it over and over and over again."

Scott Kazmir (2-2) lost for the first time since April 8, giving up five runs, four earned, and nine hits over 6 1/3 innings. He struck out six and walked three. Both of Kazmir's losses this season have come against Toronto.

"He had trouble finding his release point," Devil Rays manager Joe Maddon said. "He battled through it again and gave us a chance to win."


  • The Devil Rays matched a season high with four stolen bases.
  • Wells scored his 500th career run.
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A.J. Burnett provides a respite for the Blue Jays with 10 strikeouts to end a nine-game losing streak.  (AP)
A.J. Burnett provides a respite for the Blue Jays with 10 strikeouts to end a nine-game losing streak. (AP)

Players of the Game

A. Burnett
IP 6.2
H 5
ER 1
BB 5
K 10

A. Hill
AB 3
R 2
H 2
HR 0

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Tampa Bay Devil Rays
Rocco Baldelli, CF5000033 .217
Elijah Dukes, DH5111030 .214
Carl Crawford, LF4020110 .295
Ty Wigginton, 3B3000112 .246
B.J. Upton, 2B2010211 .360
Delmon Young, RF4010024 .234
Carlos Pena, 1B3000002 .247
Brendan Harris, SS4010023 .330
Josh Paul, C3010112 .238
HR - Elijah Dukes (6, Burnett)
RBI - Elijah Dukes (10)
SB - Carl Crawford 2 (9, 3rd base off Burnett/Phillips, 2nd base off Burnett/Phillips), Ty Wigginton (1, 2nd base off Burnett/Phillips), B.J. Upton (6, 2nd base off Burnett/Phillips)
Team LOB - 11
Outfield Assists - Delmon Young 1
DP - Young-Harris
E - Carlos Pena (2, Misplayed grounder)
Tampa Bay Devil Rays
Scott Kazmir (L,2-2) 6.1954361 3.96
Shawn Camp 0.2200100 6.00
Gary Glover 1100000 7.02
IBB - Overbay by Shawn Camp
WP - Scott Kazmir (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Scott Kazmir 117-71, Shawn Camp 15-9, Gary Glover 16-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Scott Kazmir 2-9, Shawn Camp 2-0
Batters Faced - Scott Kazmir 29, Shawn Camp 5, Gary Glover 4
Toronto Blue Jays
Alex Rios, RF5121011 .287
Vernon Wells, CF4120101 .286
Troy Glaus, 3B1000001 .313
    Jason Smith, 3B3011011 .208
Frank Thomas, DH3010113 .240
Aaron Hill, 2B3220100 .278
Lyle Overbay, 1B3120102 .250
Jason Phillips, C4012015 .263
Adam Lind, LF4010003 .242
John McDonald, SS4000022 .286
2B - Alex Rios (11, Kazmir), Vernon Wells (12, Kazmir), Jason Phillips (4, Kazmir)
HR - Alex Rios (7, Kazmir)
RBI - Alex Rios (21), Jason Smith (4), Jason Phillips 2 (6)
2-OUT RBI - Jason Phillips 2 (4)
CS - Vernon Wells (2, 2nd base by Kazmir/Paul), Adam Lind (1, 2nd base by Kazmir/Paul)
Team LOB - 9
DP - Smith-Overbay
Toronto Blue Jays
A.J. Burnett (W,3-3) 6.25115101 4.56
Casey Janssen (H,5) 1.1200010 1.02
Jeremy Accardo 1000030 0.00
HBP - Pena (by A.J. Burnett)
Pitches-Strikes - A.J. Burnett 118-63, Casey Janssen 21-14, Jeremy Accardo 14-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A.J. Burnett 5-4, Casey Janssen 1-2
Batters Faced - A.J. Burnett 30, Casey Janssen 6, Jeremy Accardo 3
Game Information
Attendance - 20542
Game Time - 2:52
Temperature - 66
Umpires - Home - Larry Vanover, First Base - Tony Randazzo, Second Base - Tom Hallion, Third Base - Charlie Reliford