Toronto (45-58) at Tampa Bay (49-54)

  • Game info: 1:15 pm EDT Sun Aug 1, 2004
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After snapping a five-game losing streak to the Toronto Blue Jays, the Tampa Bay Devil Rays will try to take the series as they close out a three-game set at Tropicana Field.

Tampa Bay ended its slide against Toronto with a 6-5 victory Saturday, winning for the fourth time in five games overall. Robert Fick hit a two-run homer and Aubrey Huff added a two-run double for the Devil Rays.

Huff is hitting .311 (14-for-45) against the Blue Jays this season with two homers, eight RBIs and seven walks. The third baseman also has 16 RBIs in his last 16 games overall.

The Devil Rays will send Dewon Brazelton to the mound Sunday.

Brazelton is 3-1 with a 1.54 ERA in six home appearances, including five starts, this season. The 24-year-old right-hander has allowed two runs or fewer in each of his last three starts, with the only homer he allowed over that span coming in Tuesday’s 6-2 home win over Kansas City.

Brazelton held the Blue Jays scoreless over five innings in a 6-2 home victory on June 30, but will have his hands full with red-hot Toronto slugger Carlos Delgado.

The Blue Jays’ first baseman has hit 31 career homers off the Devil Rays— his most against any opponent. He belted two more Saturday in his first multihomer game since hitting four homers in a 10-8 win over the Devil Rays last Sept. 25. Both shots were off Tampa Bay starter Jorge Sosa, giving Delgado five homers in his last five at-bats against the right-hander.

“It’s weird,” Delgado said. “What are the chances? I didn’t know until I came in (the clubhouse) in the fifth inning to get something and they were talking about it on TV.”

Delgado is hitting .375 (9-for-24) with four homers and seven RBIs in his last seven games.

In his career against Brazelton, Delgado has two hits in five at-bats (.400) with a homer and three RBIs.

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S. Douglass CLE vs. D. Brazelton STL
0-2 Record 6-8
6.28 ERA 4.77
36 K 64
28 BB 53
1.68 WHIP 1.44