Kazmir will try to win his fourth straight start when the streaking Devil Rays continue their three-game series with the Texas Rangers at Ameriquest Field.
Kazmir allowed five earned runs and seven hits over seven innings in Thursday’s 10-5 victory over Kansas City. The 21-year-old left-hander gave up all five of the runs in the first and second innings but allowed just one hit and one walk over his final five frames.
“I feel like I learned a lot,” Kazmir said. “Just knowing it doesn’t matter what the score is … anything can happen. I thought it was one of those days, and my teammates behind me just kept on saying keep it there, we’ll battle back, and they did.”
Kazmir, who had allowed just one earned run in 13 innings in his previous two starts, struck out a career-high 10 and walked three.
“That’s where you see the advancement for this young pitcher,” manager Lou Piniella said. “If this had happened last year, he’d be out of the ballgame in the third or fourth inning. But he settled down, got his composure and pitched.”
The Devil Rays beat the Rangers 10-8 on Tuesday for their season-high fifth straight win. Carl Crawford matched the team record for extra-base hits in a game, shared by Jose Cruz Jr. and Randy Winn, with two triples and two doubles.