Series: Game 2 of 3

Pittsburgh leads 2-0 (as of 6/11)

Game 1: Friday, June 10
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Game 2: Saturday, June 11
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Game 3: Sunday, June 12
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in 13

Devil Rays 2

(20-42, 4-28 away)

Pirates 18

(30-30, 16-16 home)

    7:05 PM ET, June 11, 2005

    PNC Park, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 

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    W: O. Perez (5-4)

    L: S. Kazmir (2-5)

    Pirates closing in on .500 mark

    Tampa Bay (20-41) at Pittsburgh (29-30), 7:05 pm EDT

    PITTSBURGH (Ticker) -- The Pittsburgh Pirates have a shot at their first four-game winning streak this year when they host the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in the second of a three-game interleague series.

    The Pirates posted a 7-2 win over the Devil Rays on Friday, pulling within one victory of .500, a mark the club has not seen since May 30, 2004. Pittsburgh's last four-game winning streak came last August 14-17.

    Jason Bay and Daryle Ward drove in three runs apiece in Friday's win, backing seven strong innings by Mark Redman, who won for the first time in four starts.

    Pirates ace Oliver Perez (4-4, 6.41 ERA) gets the start opposite Scott Kazmir (2-4, 3.86) in a matchup of dynamic young lefthanders.

    The 23-year-old Perez has won his last three decisions while striking out 29 in 23 1/3 innings. He allowed two runs in seven innings in a 5-2 win over Atlanta last Sunday.

    Like Perez, the 21-year-old Kazmir has shined of late after a slow start. He is 2-0 with a 2.52 ERA in his last four starts and has allowed just two home runs in his last nine outings.

    Kazmir gave up three runs in 6 1/3 innings in Tampa Bay's 6-5 loss to the Seattle Mariners on June 4. That was the first of the Devil Rays' six straight setbacks, all of which have occurred on the road, dropping the club to a major league-worst 4-27 away from home.

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    Gameday Matchup

     Tampa BayPittsburgh
    Current StreakL4W2
    Last 104-65-5

    Pitching Matchup

    Tampa BayPittsburgh
    S. Kazmir
    10-9, 3.77 ERA

    Last Game:
    9/27 at CLE
    6.0 IP, 1 ER
    Dec = Win
    O. Perez
    7-5, 5.85 ERA

    Last Game:
    9/30 at PIT
    5.0 IP, 2 ER
    Dec = ND

    Gameday Lineups

    NO.Tampa BayPittsburgh
    1. C. Crawford, LF F. Sanchez, 3B
    2. J. Lugo, SS R. Mackowiak, CF
    3. E. Perez, 1B J. Bay, LF
    4. A. Huff, RF R. Doumit, RF
    5. D. Hollins, CF D. Ward, 1B
    6. J. Cantu, 3B J. Castillo, 2B
    7. T. Hall, C H. Cota, C
    8. N. Green, 2B J. Wilson, SS
    9. S. Kazmir, P O. Perez, P