Series: Game 2 of 3

Toronto leads 2-0 (as of 9/14)

Game 1: Friday, September 13
Tampa Bay 2Final
Toronto 5
Game 2: Saturday, September 14
Tampa Bay 4Final
Toronto 8
Game 3: Sunday, September 15
Tampa Bay 7Final
Toronto 4

Devil Rays 4

(48-100, 22-51 away)

Blue Jays 8

(68-80, 36-38 home)

    4:05 PM ET, September 14, 2002

    Rogers Centre, Toronto, Ontario 

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    W: M. Hendrickson (1-0)

    L: T. Sturtze (3-17)

    S: K. Escobar (33)

    Hendrickson wins; Delgado homers twice

    TORONTO (AP) -- Mark Hendrickson didn't have any regrets about giving up basketball after winning his first major league game.

    The former NBA player allowed just one run on four hits in six innings, and Carlos Delgado homered twice as the Toronto Blue Jays won their season-high sixth straight game with an 8-4 victory over the Tampa Bay Devil Rays on Saturday.

    "I feel I have some advantages in this sport,'' the 6-foot-9 left-hander said. "I know I definitely made the right decision.''

    Hendrickson (1-0), who played with the New Jersey Nets, Philadelphia 76ers, Sacramento Kings and Cleveland Cavaliers from 1996-2000, held Boston scoreless over five innings in his first major league start last Saturday.

    "Obviously, I'm happy with the results,'' he said. "I'm going to get some game balls and pass them out because there are a lot of people that have waited a long time for this. It's kind of nice to get one. My focus is just getting better.''

    After the game, Toronto general manager J.P. Ricciardi introduced Toronto Raptors players Eric Montross and Michael Bradley to Hendrickson.

    "They were kind of surprised that a guy could go to another sport,'' said the 28-year-old Hendrickson.

    Kelvim Escobar got one out for his 33rd save in 41 chances.

    Tanyon Sturtze (3-17) took the loss for the Devil Rays, who lost in their 148th game and became the quickest AL team to lose 100 since the 1949 Washington Senators did it in their 147th game. Tampa Bay also became the first team to lose 100 games in consecutive seasons since the 1977-79 Blue Jays.

    Tampa Bay right-handed reliever Delvin James pitched in the majors just 12 days after being shot three times. James was hit twice in the left shoulder, and another bullet grazed his left elbow at a shooting at a Waffle House in Raleigh, N.C.

    James, recalled from Triple-Durham on Friday, allowed two runs on three hits in the eighth and said he didn't experience any pain.

    "Just being out there again and knowing I had a chance to be out there again is a much greater feeling than anything I've ever experienced,'' James said. "After being shot I didn't think there was much of a chance that I would pitch again this year, but miraculously my arm responded well and my body healed really fast.''

    Hendrickson, the tallest Blue Jays player ever, struck out three and walked one in his second major league start. A former Washington State basketball standout, Hendrickson was drafted six times in baseball but didn't start his professional baseball career until 1998 with Toronto's Single-A affiliate at Dunedin. He decided to play baseball full time after a mediocre basketball season with Cleveland in 2000.

    "This is a chance to prove to management that I can be in the rotation next year,'' Hendrickson said. "I've always known this would be the sport for me.''

    Delgado tied it for Toronto at 1-1 in the second with his 26th homer, and made it 5-1 in the fifth with his second solo shot. His 19 homers against the Devil Rays are the most by any opponent.

    Delgado, who went 3-for-3 with a walk, has three multihomer games this season and 30 in his career.

    Rookie Josh Phelps followed Delgado's homer with his 14th -- the sixth time the Blue Jays have hit back-to-back homers this season. Phelps, who went 3-for-3 with a walk and four RBIs, has 40 RBI in his last 29 games.

    "He's been tremendous,'' Delgado said. "The sky is the limit for him. He's been a nice surprise for us.''

    Sturtze, whose 17 losses are the most in the majors and a Devil Rays' record, allowed six runs on seven hits in five innings. Sturtze has lost four straight starts after winning two in a row.

    "It was a horrible day,'' Sturtze said. "I deserved what I got today.''

    Damian Rolls led off the game with a double and later scored on Randy Winn's sacrifice fly, giving Tampa Bay a 1-0 lead.

    Delgado's homer and Tom Wilson's sacrifice fly made it 2-1 for Toronto in the second. Phelps hit a two-out, two-run single in the fourth.

    Toby Hall hit an RBI single in the ninth to make it 8-3 and the Devil Rays added another run on the hit when shortstop Orlando Hudson made a throwing error.

    Game notes

    According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Hendrickson joined Danny Ainge, Gene Conley, Dave DeBusschere, Dick Grat, Frankie Baumholtz, Cotton Nash, Ron Reed, Chuck Connors and Steve Hamilton as those who have played in both the NBA and major league baseball. ... He made 12 relief appearances before the start. He has yet to allow a homer in 21 2/3 innings this season. ... The Devil Rays are 52 games below .500 for the first time in club history.

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