The Tampa Bay Devil Rays are off to a fast start on their 13-game homestand.
The Devil Rays will try to make it four straight wins when they open a three-game series against the Toronto Blue Jays.
Tampa Bay kicked off the homestand with a three-game sweep of Kansas City, capped by Thursday’s 2-0 victory. The Devil Rays, who were coming off six straight losses, outscored the AL’s worst team 18-3 in the three games.
“Three in a row at the start of a big homestand, we’re off the right way,” Tampa Bay manager Lou Piniella said. “It should give us a little momentum going into the weekend series with the Blue Jays.”
The Devil Rays are 21-10 at Tropicana Field since May 20, and 4-0-3 in seven series since losing two out of three to the New York Yankees from May 28-30.
“We want to take advantage of being home and hopefully pile up the wins,” said Tampa first baseman Tino Martinez, who was 3-for-4 with an RBI Thursday. “It was definitely a good three games.”
The Blue Jays avoided a sweep in their recent three-game series with the visiting Yankees with a 3-2, 10-inning win on Wednesday.
Vernon Wells hit a walk-off homer for Toronto, which won for the fourth time in its last six overall.
Wells, who has homered in consecutive games, is 3-for-4 in his career against John Halama, who will start on Friday for the Devil Rays.