Devil Rays 4, Diamondbacks 1. Scott Kazmir was overpowering as the Devil Rays completed a 3-game sweep of Arizona. Tampa has now won 5 of their last 6 and 8 of 12. Kazmir worked into the 8th inning giving up only 3 hits, 2 walks and 1 run. Kid K struck out 8, and appears to have righted the ship after a shaky stretch of starts. He was lifted with 2 outs in the 8th and Shawn Camp and Brian Meadows finished the game. It was Meadows 2nd save in as many games since Tyler Walker went on the DL. Aubrey Huff homered and had 3 hits and appears to beginning his usual mid-season surge. Jorge Cantu also collected 3 hits.
We hate to get to far ahead of ourselves, but the Rays have a great opportunity to make a little run towards .500 over the next week or two. Up next is a 3-game set at the Trop against the Braves who have lost 9 straight. That is followed by a series in Miami against the Marlins and a set in D.C. against the Nats. The Nationals have lost 8 of their last 10, heading into Thursday’s action. Tampa needs to do well in these next nine games as they finish the first half at home with 6 games against the Red Sox and the Spankees.