ST.PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Scott Kazmir was just trying to stay in the game. The strikeouts just came naturally.
"I really just want to be in the game as deep as I can," said Kazmir, who set the record by striking out Shannon Stewart to end the eighth inning. "I only knew I had (the record) once I looked at the scoreboard to look for my pitch count. And I saw it and it felt good."
Kazmir (10-8) struck out the side in the first on 12 pitches and recorded his first six outs on strikeouts. He retired 16 straight from the second to the seventh inning and pitched eight-plus innings, allowing three runs, five hits and no walks.
"He's obviously a good pitcher and then he had a good night, too," Oakland manager Bob Geren said. "His ball just seemed to be jumping at the hitters. His fastball was very alive, and it was just one of those nights."
Kazmir also holds the club record for strikeouts in a career and season.
"That was a great performance," Devil Rays manager Joe Maddon said. "My goodness, from the first pitch he was pretty much on his game. I think he's pretty much pitched like this since the All-Star Break."
Oakland designated hitter Mike Piazza was impressed as well.
"He just came out throwing strikes," said Piazza, who struck out twice. "He was getting strike one and expanding the zone and bringing 95 mph -- tough to catch up to."
The Devil Rays have won two in a row over the A's by a combined score of 26-5.
Oakland's Joe Blanton (11-9), who was 3-0 in his last four starts, pitched five innings, struck out five and gave up five runs and seven hits.
"They've looked locked in the past couple of days," Blanton said. "They've got confidence over there right now and they're running with it."
The A's are 13-15 when Blanton starts and fell a game below .500 (65-66) just two days after going above .500 for the first time since July 7.
Jonny Gomes hit a two-run homer to put the Devil Rays up 2-0 in the second inning and Pena added a run-scoring double in the third to reach 83 RBI for the season, a new career high for him.
Harris' two-run double in Tampa Bay's three-run seventh made it 9-0.
"Our bullpen had a tough time tonight," Geren said. "We couldn't stay away from the big inning."
It was the first time the Devil Rays scored 10 runs in consecutive games since July 21-22, 2006.
- Kazmir moved past Vida Blue and Oliver Perez for seventh in career strikeouts by a left-hander before the age of 24. Kazmir has 567.
- Oakland 2B Mark Ellis extended his hitting streak to 10 games.
- Oakland SS Marco Scutaro left the game in the fourth inning with dizziness he has been experiencing since Thursday when he was a gametime scratch.