Although Tampa Bay’s winning streak is over, the Devil Rays are still feeling pretty confident.
Tampa Bay hopes to keep its momentum going as they close out their three-game series against the Toronto Blue Jays at SkyDome.
Reed Johnson’s 10th-inning RBI single gave the Blue Jays a 2-1 victory over the Devil Rays on Wednesday, ending Tampa Bay’s franchise record winning streak at 12 games.
“It should give us confidence for the rest of our schedule. We turned our season around,” Tampa manager Lou Piniella said.
The Devil Rays had not lost since the San Francisco Giants beat them 7-3 on June 8. It was the longest winning streak in the majors since Arizona won 12 straight from June 18-30 last season.
Despite losing Wednesday, Tampa Bay is 23-7 since May 20 - the best mark in the majors over that span.
“The streak showed that we can compete in the American League,” Tampa Bay starter Victor Zambrano said. “We’re going to keep showing we can win a lot of games.”
Blue Jays closer Jason Frasor pitched the 10th Wednesday to complete a six-hitter for Toronto, which stopped the Devil Rays’ road winning streak at eight.
“We didn’t want them leaving with 13 or 14 in a row. We’re desperate for wins, too,” Frasor said.