Devil Rays 7, Blue Jays 6

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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.

“No stylist. I’m styled out,” Piniella said after Damian Rolls homered and had three RBIs as the Devil Rays beat the Toronto Blue Jays 7-6 and completed a three-game sweep.

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.

Loser Mark Hendrickson (6-8) allowed five runs and nine hits in 4 1-3 innings. The 6-foot-9 former NBA player was struck in the left leg by a broken bat with Julio Lugo at the plate.

“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.”

Sosa allowed two hits before Bobby Kielty singled with one out in the sixth. Travis Harper relieved and gave up Hudson’s homer, which cut Tampa Bay’s lead to 5-3.

Rolls homered off Jason Kershner in the eighth. Antonio Perez later added an RBI double, giving Tampa Bay a 7-3 lead.

Toronto’s Greg Myers had an RBI single off Mark Malaska in the bottom half and Josh Phelps hit a two-run homer off Jesus Colome, cutting Tampa Bay’s lead to one run.

Colome allowed a leadoff walk to Eric Hinske in the ninth before getting the first out. Lance Carter then finished for his 18th save in 24 chances.

Aubrey Huff’s RBI double and Rolls’ run-scoring single gave Tampa Bay a 2-0 lead in the first.

Tampa Bay added two runs in the fourth on Jared Sandberg’s RBI double and Carl Crawford’s run-scoring single.

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.

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