Hoping to reach .500 for the first time in more than two months, the Tampa Bay Devil Rays look to extend their franchise-record 12-game winning streak as they take on Roy Halladay and the Toronto Blue Jays.
Tampa Bay hasn’t been .500 since April 17, when it was 5-5.
The Devil Rays began the season 3-19, but have since gone a major league-best 23-6. Their win streak is the longest in the majors since Arizona won 12 in a row from June 18-30 of last season.
“At the beginning of the season it was terrible. We were just Tampa Bay,” Lugo said. “Now everybody is calling us the stinging Rays.”
Tampa Bay beat five-time Cy Young Award winner Randy Johnson during its win streak, and will face Toronto’s Halladay, who won the AL award last season.
Halladay is 3-2 with a 3.73 ERA in 11 appearances, including eight starts, against the Devil Rays. The right-hander boasts a 4-2 record at SkyDome with a 3.29 ERA in six starts this season.
Tampa Bay will counter with Victor Zambrano, the team’s wins leader.
The right-hander can match his career high with his fifth straight win, a mark he established from July 6-Aug. 12, 2001.
The Devil Rays have won Zambrano’s last six starts, with the 28-year-old Venezuelan going 4-0 with a 3.41 ERA in his last five outings.
The Blue Jays, who got their lone run via Howie Clark’s homer Tuesday, have lost eight of 11 to slip 10 games below .500.