Tampa Bay (56-81) at Toronto (67-68)

Partly Cloudy Currently: Toronto, ON
Temp: 75° F
  • Game info: 1:07 pm EDT Sun Sep 4, 2005
  • TV: FSFL, RSN
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Scott Kazmir’s first full season in the majors has been a mixed bag filled with brilliant performances and ugly outings.

The 21-year-old left-hander will try to shake off back-to-back poor starts when the Devil Rays close out their three-game series with the Toronto Blue Jays.

Acquired prior to last year’s trade deadline from the New York Mets, Kazmir spent the final two months of last season getting his first taste of the majors. He began this year in the Tampa Bay rotation, and has emerged as one of the Devil Rays’ most consistent starters.

Kazmir leads the Devil Rays with a 4.20 ERA, 140 strikeouts and 154 1-3 innings and on Sunday will be trying to tie Mark Hendrickson and Casey Fossum for the team lead in wins with eight.

Kazmir went 1-2 in six starts last month, but had a season high-tying 3.90 ERA, matching his mark from July. He had surrendered three earned runs or fewer in four straight starts before getting pounded for a combined 12 runs and 14 hits over eight innings in his last two outings.

Kazmir allowed four runs and six hits over 5 2-3 innings on Tuesday, but did not receive a decision in Tampa Bay’s 7-6 loss at Boston.

The Devil Rays ended a five-game losing streak with Saturday’s 3-2 win over the Blue Jays. Travis Lee hit a game-winning two-run homer in the top of the ninth as Tampa Bay improved to 1-5 on its 10-game road trip.

Orlando Hudson and Russ Adams drove in a run apiece for the Blue Jays, who have lost 10 of their last 15.

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S. Kazmir Oak vs. D. Bush Tor
10-9 Record 5-11
3.77 ERA 4.49
174 K 75
100 BB 29
1.46 WHIP 1.25