Series: Game 3 of 3

Tampa Bay won 2-1

Game 1: Friday, September 20
Toronto 7Final
Tampa Bay 11
Game 2: Saturday, September 21
Toronto 3Final
Tampa Bay 4
Game 3: Sunday, September 22
Toronto 12Final
Tampa Bay 6

Blue Jays 12

(72-84, 36-45 away)

Devil Rays 6

(53-102, 30-51 home)

    1:15 PM ET, September 22, 2002

    Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, Florida 

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    W: J. Miller (8-5)

    L: P. Wilson (6-11)

    Hudson knocks in career-high five runs in win

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- Once Orlando Hudson started hitting, so did the rest of the Toronto Blue Jays.

    Orlando Hudson

    Hudson homered and drove in a career-high five runs as the Blue Jays avoided a three-game sweep by beating the Tampa Bay Devil Rays 12-6 Sunday.

    Hudson went 4-for-6 and came within a triple of hitting for the cycle. He hit a two-run shot in the eighth inning, his fourth homer this season and first since Aug. 17.

    "It's not my day, it's the whole team's day,'' Hudson said. "We came out with a victory and we're going back to Toronto happy. We played real Blue Jays' baseball today.''

    Hudson also had RBI singles in the first and sixth innings, and doubled home a run in the fourth. His performance came before a group of family and friends from his home state of South Carolina.

    Ken Huckaby went 3-for-4 and hit his third homer for Toronto. He came in with just one hit in his previous 24 at-bats.

    It just gets all contagious,'' said Huckaby of the Blue Jays' 19 hits. "We've been swinging the bats well for the last couple of week. Today, everyone just put it together at the same time.''

    Justin Miller (8-5) gave up five runs and eight hits in 6 1/3 innings.

    "He kept going, almost hitter to hitter and inning to inning,'' Toronto manager Carlos Tosca said. "Cy Young one inning, and then he would just get himself out of sync.''

    Ben Grieve hit a three-run homer for the Devil Rays, who were trying to equal a season-high four-game winning streak. Since losing its 100th game on Sept. 14, Tampa Bay has gone 5-2.

    "We made a fuss of it. We made of a fight of it,'' Devil Rays manager Hal McRae said. "We swung the bats OK. We didn't pitch well.''

    Paul Wilson (6-11) gave up eight runs and 10 hits in 3 1/3 innings. Over his past five starts, he has allowed 31 runs, 43 hits -- including nine homers -- and 15 walks in 24 1/3 innings.

    Wilson, who is arbitration-eligible this coming offseason, may have made his final start for Tampa Bay. McRae said he hasn't decided if Wilson will make his final scheduled start next Friday.

    "It's pretty disappointing to have that kind of game anytime,'' Wilson said. "I was up in the zone. I got burned.''

    Hudson and Jayson Werth hit consecutive run-scoring singles during a three-run first. Eric Hinske, who leads AL rookies with 82 RBI, had a sacrifice fly.

    Tampa Bay got a run back in the bottom half on Aubrey Huff's RBI grounder.

    A throwing error by Wilson on Vernon Wells' grounder in the second gave the Blue Jays a run that made it 4-1. Huckaby hit his first homer since July 17, a two-run drive in the third.

    "Old Huck, he's a battler,'' Tosca said.

    Hudson had an RBI double and Werth hit a sacrifice fly in the fourth that put Toronto ahead 8-1.

    Andy Sheets had a run-scoring single in the bottom half.

    Grieve got the Devil Rays within 8-5 on his three-run shot in the fifth.

    Hudson's homer came in a three-run eighth that gave Toronto a 12-5 lead.

    The announced crowd for Tampa Bay's home finale was 19,625. For the season, the Devil Rays drew 1,065,572, down from last year's total of 1,227,673.

    Game notes

    Wilson threw 54 pitches through two innings. He finished with 86. ... Toronto 1B Carlos Delgado has scored 21 runs -- including two Sunday -- in his past 14 games. ... Hinske singled in the second to snap an 0-for-10 stretch. ... Tampa Bay has allowed a homer in a team-record 17 straight games. ... The Blue Jays hit 33 homers against Tampa Bay this season. ... The Devil Rays went 30-51 at home.

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