Devil Rays 7, Blue Jays 6
TORONTO (AP)—Lou Piniella won’t be changing his hair color again even though the Tampa Bay Devil Rays are on another three-game winning streak.
The Devil Rays manager promised last month to dye his hair if his young, last-place team won three in a row at any point this season. Piniella kept his word in early July when they won three straight. He added hints of blond on the side with a broader streak on the top.
Rolls was disappointed he didn’t go all blond.
“I wanted him to dye it completely,” Rolls said. “I didn’t know he was going to get streaks, or we would have had him get red.”
Rolls went 3-for-4 for the Devil Rays, who went 14-12 in July for their first winning month since June 2000 (15-11). Tampa Bay had not swept a three-game series since last Aug. 30-Sept. 1 against Texas.
“It’s starting to come together for us a little bit, it really is,” Piniella said. “Our pitching is respectable and our offense is coming together.”
Orlando Hudson homered for the Blue Jays, who were swept by the Devil Rays only once before, from June 15-17, 1998. Tampa Bay is 7-2 against Toronto this season.
Jorge Sosa (4-8) got the win, allowing two runs, three hits and five walks in 5 1-3 innings.
“I saw it coming and before you know it, it hit me,” Hendrickson said.
Asked what part of the bat hit him, Hendrickson said: “The sweet spot.”
Aubrey Huff’s RBI double and Rolls’ run-scoring single gave Tampa Bay a 2-0 lead in the first.
Phelps’ RBI grounder cut Tampa Bay’s lead 4-1 in the bottom half. Rolls hitan RBI grounder in the fifth.
Toronto 1B Carlos Delgado was the DH for the fourth straight game because of sore knees. … The Devil Rays went 14-13 in September and October of 2001 when the season was extended because of the Sept. 11 attacks. … TheDevil Rays had never won more than 12 games in July. … Rolls has six homers.