Friday, April 13, 2007

Kazmir Wins Duel of Aces

The Devil Rays responded to yesterdays bad loss by beating the best pitcher in baseball. In one of the best pitching match ups during the season Rays Ace Scott Kazmir got the best of Johan Santana. The Twins had previously won the last 24 games at home that Santana had pitched. Kazmir went 8 innings giving up 6 k's no walks and 2 earned runs. Al Reyes came into the 9th and shut the door giving up only one hit to Justin Morneau.

The Rays were down 1-0 going into the fifth inning when Delmon Young led off the game with a single, extending his hitting streak to 10 games. Akinori Iwamura followed that up with a hard fought walk and the Rays were in business. Josh Paul cam up with 2 on and 1 out and hit an RBI double, BJ upton followed that with an infield single, and Rocco ended it with a fielders choice that had the Rays up 3-1 on Johan Santana. Scotty responded by shutting down the Twins 1-2-3 in the bottom of the inning. Carl Crawford led off the 6th inning with an infield the park home run making up for yesterdays gaffe. Justin Morneau later hit a solo home run, but that would be the last run the Twins would score.

Aki and Wigginton kept the hot hitting going and Aki flashed more of his great glove and arm during the game.

Next up for the Rays: Sydney Ponson v. Edwin Jackson in Minnesota.

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