Tampa Bay (31-34) at Arizona (27-41)

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  • Game info: 4:35 pm EDT Sun Jun 20, 2004
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It truly has been a team effort for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays during their franchise-record 10-game winning streak.

Tampa Bay will try to keep its incredible roll going and improve to 11-1 in interleague play when it completes its three-game series with Arizona Diamondbacks.

The Devil Rays have won 21 of their last 27 games, including Saturday’s 11-4 victory at Bank One Ballpark.

The Devil Rays are the first team since Minnesota in 1985 to start a 10-game winning streak with a winning percentage of .382 or lower.

Tino Martinez was the latest Tampa Bay hero, driving in five runs with a homer and double on Saturday, before leaving in the seventh inning with tightness in his hamstring.

In the series opener on Friday, Jose Cruz Jr. hit a three-run homer to lift the Devil Rays to a 6-2 win.

“We’re exciting as a team,” Martinez said. “Offensively, we’re really playing well. We’re getting good pitching, the bullpen is doing a great job. It’s just a great team effort.

“We’ve got a lot of confidence—if we take the lead or fall behind, we feel we have a chance to win.”

While the Devil Rays have been surging over the past few weeks, the Diamondbacks have continued to struggle, dropping five of their last seven. Arizona will look to Brandon Webb to curtail the slide.

However, Webb has struggled with his control in his last three starts, walking 13 over his last 16 innings. The sinkerballer is 1-1 with a 2.81 ERA during that span.

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Starting Pitchers

M. Hendrickson Bal vs. B. Webb Tex
10-15 Record 7-16
4.81 ERA 3.59
87 K 164
46 BB 119
1.40 WHIP 1.50