The Devil Rays will look to turn things around at the plate when the teams meet in the middle game of their season-opening series at Tropicana Field.
The Devil Rays, who ranked last in the league with a .258 average last season, managed 10 hits, but nine were singles. Tampa Bay was just 1-for-9 with runners in scoring position.
Four of the Devil Rays’ first six hits off Halladay were infield singles.
“Toronto had seven hits, but three of them were long ones. That was the game,” Devil Rays manager Lou Piniella said. “I thought we played a good ball game. We just didn’t score many runs. … But let’s not get too carried away. It’s just opening day.”
The Devil Rays played without outfielder Alex Sanchez, who began serving a 10-day suspension for violating baseball’s policy on performance-enhancing drugs. Sanchez is the first player to be penalized under the new policy. Chris Singleton filled in for him and went 1-for-4 with a run.
Tampa Bay had won five straight season openers, the longest such streak in the majors.
Hudson and Wells hit their homers in consecutive at-bats for the Blue Jays, who had not gotten back-to-back home runs on opening day since 1994. Designated hitter Shea Hillenbrand was the only Toronto batter with more than one hit, going 2-for-4.