Seattle (40-68) at Tampa Bay (51-57)

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  • Game info: 7:15 pm EDT Fri Aug 6, 2004
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The Tampa Bay Devil Rays rarely lose when Dewon Brazelton starts at Tropicana Field.

Brazelton will be on the mound when the Devil Rays continue their four-game series with the lowly Seattle Mariners.

Tampa Bay has won five of Brazelton’s six home starts this season, with the 24-year-old right-hander going 4-1 with a 1.51 ERA.

He gave up one run and three hits over 6 2-3 innings in a 5-3 win over Toronto on Sunday. He has given up just three runs in his last 12 2-3 innings in winning each of his last two starts.

“Brazelton gave us a real nice effort,” Tampa Bay manager Lou Piniella said. “He’s an improved pitcher. His demeanor on the mound tells a lot. He’s got a confident tone about him. He expects to go out there and compete and give his team a chance to win. He’s going about his business the right way.”

The third overall pick in the 2001 amateur draft, Brazelton went 1-6 with a 6.89 ERA in 10 starts last season with Tampa Bay. He was optioned to Class A Bakersfield in June of 2003.

“I think last year you didn’t see Dewon Brazelton. You saw what somebody made Dewon Brazelton as far as my mechanics and whatever,” Brazelton said. “That wasn’t me. That was what somebody was telling me to do. I didn’t do well and all of a sudden I got thrown under the bus.

“They let me go back to Single-A and let me get started the way I was when they drafted me. And you’re starting to see the results of that.”

The Devil Rays dropped to 6-4 on their 13-game homestand with Thursday’s 4-2 loss.

Tino Martinez hit his third homer in seven games, and Carl Crawford added another for Tampa Bay to extend his hitting streak to six games.

The Mariners snapped a six-game losing streak, winning on the road for only the second time in 23 games.

Ichiro Suzuki went 3-for-6 with two RBIs for Seattle, and is hitting an AL-high .359.

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4-16 Record 6-8
4.90 ERA 4.77
104 K 64
61 BB 53
1.42 WHIP 1.44