Series: Game 3 of 3

Toronto won 2-1

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 7

(49-100, 23-51 away)

Blue Jays 4

(68-81, 36-39 home)

    1:05 PM ET, September 15, 2002

    Rogers Centre, Toronto, Ontario 

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    W: J. Kennedy (8-11)

    L: E. Loaiza (8-9)

    S: E. Yan (18)

    Devil Rays win for second time in last 13 games

    TORONTO (AP) -- Joe Kennedy rebounded nicely after three horrific starts.

    Joe Kennedy

    Kennedy allowed just three hits over seven innings as the Tampa Bay Devil Rays ended a six-game losing skid with a 7-4 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays on Sunday.

    Kennedy allowed six runs on Aug. 25, eight on Sept. 5 and seven on Sept. 10. Each were losses.

    "This takes a little bit of weight off my shoulders,'' Kennedy said. "It's just good to go out there and have a quality win.''

    Kennedy (8-11) only allowed Shannon Stewart's single and Hinske's homer in the first and Hinske's single in the third.

    The 23-year-old left-hander allowed two runs, while striking out three and walking two for his first win since August 4 -- a span of seven starts.

    "I'm happy for Joe. He bounced back and gave us a good game,'' Tampa Bay manager Hal McRae said.

    Eric Hinske hit his 23rd home run for the Blue Jays, who saw their season-high six-game winning streak come to an end.

    "Even the ball I hit out of the park was a good pitch,'' Hinske said. "If that ball didn't go out he would have pitched a shutout for sure.''

    Randy Winn drove in two runs for the Devil Rays, who have won just two of their last 13 games. Tampa Bay lost its 100th game on Saturday.

    Pinch-hitter Jose Cruz Jr. hit a solo homer in the ninth inning, in his first at-bat since returning from the disabled list after missing 33 games with a sprained left ankle.

    "I don't think we've ever gotten him out,'' McRae said.

    Esteban Yan entered the game with runners on first and third and two outs in the ninth, striking out pinch-hitter Tom Wilson for his 18th save in 26 chances.

    Toronto starter Esteban Loaiza (8-9) allowed seven runs on 12 hits in 5 2-3 innings. Tampa Bay has scored 21 runs in three starts off Loaiza this season.

    "We seem to pick the ball up better from him than other starters,'' McRae said.

    After Stewart led off Toronto's first with a single, Hinske homered over the right field wall.

    Carl Crawford's RBI single in the fifth cut Toronto's lead to 2-1.

    RBI singles by Felix Escalona and Winn made it 3-2 for Tampa Bay in the fifth.

    The Devil Rays added four runs in the sixth on Damian Rolls' RBI single, shortstop Chris Woodward's run-scoring throwing error, Winn's run-scoring single and Aubrey Huff's RBI single.

    Game notes

    Hinske's 23 home runs are the most by an AL rookie since Boston's Nomar Garciaparra hit 30 in 1997. ... Kennedy improved to 4-0 in seven career starts against Toronto. ... The Devil Rays had 14 hits. ... Kennedy has just three wins in his last 14 starts.

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