Even though the Tampa Bay Devil Rays have their franchise’s longest winning streak, manager Lou Piniella doesn’t want his team to get overconfident.
The Devil Rays look to extend their winning streak to eight games as they close out their three-game series against the San Diego Padres.
“I’m pleased we’re playing well, but let’s not get too carried away with it,” Piniella said.
Tampa Bay set a franchise record with its seventh straight win, beating San Diego 9-6 on Wednesday. Carl Crawford went 4-for-5 with three runs and two RBIs, and Jose Cruz Jr. hit a two-run homer to cap a four-run rally in the seventh inning.
Since bottoming out at 10-28 on May 19, Tampa Bay has gone 18-6 to move into a tie for third place in the AL East. During that stretch, they have 12 come-from-behind wins.
The Devil Rays’ streak has come against National League, as they improved to 7-1 in interleague play.
The Padres are 2-6 against the AL and they have lost four straight overall.
San Diego got some good news on Wednesday with the return of outfielder Ryan Klesko who was activated from the 15-day disabled list.
The veteran slugger went 0-for-2 with three walks. Klesko is hitting .256 with one home run and 22 RBIs this season.