Devil Rays 6, Blue Jays 5

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP)—Jorge Sosa made just two mistakes—no surprise, they were both to Carlos Delgado.

Sosa allowed two runs over five innings in his first start of the season and Robert Fick hit a two-run homer to lead the Tampa Bay Devil Rays over the Toronto Blue Jays 6-5 Saturday night.

Sosa (3-0) was moved into the rotation after 29 relief appearances when Victor Zambrano was traded Friday to the New York Mets. He gave up four hits, two walks and struck out five.

“Sosa was awesome,” Fick said. “It was good to see him go out there and throw the ball like he did. We need that. He needs that.”

Delgado homered in his two at-bats against Sosa, giving the Toronto slugger homers in five straight at-bats off the Tampa Bay right-hander.

“We highlight the hitters that hit our pitchers and we have it on the bench,” Devil Rays manager Lou Piniella said. “We highlight them in different colors and Delgado is red.”

“I didn’t realize it was five home runs. But let me tell you what, this kid here even though he gave up the two solo shots, he pitched. It’s good to see. We’re going to leave him in the rotation and let him pitch.”

Delgado hit two homers in two at-bats against Sosa last Sept. 25. He had four homers in that contest, won 10-8 by the Blue Jays.

That game on Sept. 25 was also Sosa’s last start. He didn’t figure in the decision of that game at Skydome. Delgado’s streak started with a homer last Sept. 10.

“It’s weird,” Delgado said. “What are the chances? I didn’t know until I came in (the clubhouse) in the fifth inning to get something and they were talking about it on TV.”

Delgado put the Blue Jays up 1-0 in the second and hit another solo shot two innings later to pull Toronto to 6-2. Delgado is 8-for-15 with five homers against Sosa.

“I wanted to put them (the pitches) a little more inside,” Sosa said through an interpreter.

Travis Harper replaced Sosa in the sixth and struck out Delgado swinging.

“Notice he didn’t get the sixth chance,” Piniella said, laughing. “Sosa gave us just about what we expected. Five innings and about 75 pitches.”

Fick gave Tampa Bay a 2-1 lead with a two-run homer in the second.

The Devil Rays ended starter David Bush’s night during a four-run third that made it 6-1. Aubrey Huff hit a two-run double, Julio Lugo had an RBI grounder and Geoff Blum drove in a run with a single.

Bush (1-2) gave up six runs and eight hits in 2 2-3 innings. In his previous start, Bush allowed three runs over 7 1-3 innings for his first major league win in Toronto’s 5-3 victory over the Devil Rays last Sunday.

“I felt better than the results and I thought I pitched better than the results,” Bush said. “It cancels out the days when you don’t pitch so well and you do get results.”

The Blue Jays cut the deficit to 6-4 in the eighth when Eric Hinske hit a two-run homer off Harper. After Vernon Wells singled, Trever Miller replaced Harper and struck out Delgado and then induced a double play from Gregg Zaun.

Danys Baez gave up a run-scoring groundout in the ninth before finishing for his 21st save in 23 opportunities.

“It got exciting in the ninth inning, but Baez got the job done,” Piniella said. “It was a good ballgame for us.”

Notes

Sosa is the 12th different starting pitcher for the Devil Rays this season. … It was Delgado’s first multihomer game since his four home run game last September and 37th overall. … Tampa Bay recalled RHP John Webb from Double-A Montgomery. … Zaun, who was hit on the left wrist by a pitch Wednesday, was back in the starting lineup. … Huff has 16 RBIs in his last 16 games.

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