Dewon Brazelton has pitched like a potential staff ace at Tropicana Field this season.
Unfortunately for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, he hasn’t made all his starts at home.
Brazelton will try to snap a five-start winless streak when the Devil Rays play the middle game of their weekend series with the visiting Toronto Blue Jays.
Brazelton is 6-2 with a 2.30 ERA in 12 home appearances, including 11 starts, this year. However, the hard-throwing right-hander is 0-11 with an 8.09 ERA in 15 career road starts. This year, Brazelton is 0-5 with a 9.62 ERA away from Tropicana Field.
He is 0-3 in his last five starts overall, including Tampa Bay’s 6-3 home loss to Kansas City on Monday. Brazelton allowed three runs and six hits over six innings, striking out four and walking two. He did not receive a decision, leaving him winless in his last two home starts.
However, Brazelton has beaten Toronto twice at home this year, surrendering one run and eight hits over 11 2-3 innings.
The Devil Rays took Friday’s series opener 4-2 as Aubrey Huff belted his 29th homer and Mark Hendrickson pitched seven solid innings. With the win, Tampa Bay moved 1 1/2 games in front of Toronto for fourth place in the AL East. The Devil Rays have finished last in the East every year since entering the majors in 1998.
Huff’s homer in the first inning extended his streak of at-bats with a hit to eight—tying Seattle’s Ichiro Suzuki and San Francisco’s Deivi Cruz for the majors’ longest run this season. The streak ended when Toronto left fielder Reed Johnson made a diving catch of Huff’s liner in the fourth.
Orlando Hudson went 3-for-4 with an RBI for Toronto, which took two of three from Tampa Bay last weekend at SkyDome.