"It's lovely," Lugo said. "We need to get in a streak like
that. I think we feel like we can compete with anybody right now in
the league. A couple days back, I didn't think we were thinking
Lugo, who leads the Devil Rays with 29 RBI, hit a sacrifice fly
in the fourth inning and a three-run homer in the sixth. Lugo was
rested Sunday, just the second time he didn't start since last
year's All-Star break.
"Lugo had a big night," Devil Rays manager Lou Piniella said.
"He swung the bat with authority."
Zambrano (4-4) gave up one run and five hits in seven innings
and struck out eight. He walked two, raising his major
league-leading total to 46.
"The thing that feels good is we've got five games in a row,"
Zambrano said. "I think that's the most important part. Win the
Zambrano had gone 0-4 with a 7.17 ERA in his previous seven
starts and had walked 16 over six innings in his previous two
"It was night and day," Devil Rays catcher Brook Fordyce said.
"He came out there and established his fastball over the corner of
the plate. The team needed that. We're on a little roll here, he
comes out and throws a gem."
Zambrano watched videotapes with pitching coach Chuck Hernandez
between starts and concentrated on his release point Tuesday en
route to his first win since April 11.
Tampa Bay's winning streak is its longest since the Devil Rays
won six straight from Sept. 24-29, 2000. Tampa Bay (15-28) had lost
its previous 11 games against the Twins.
"If we could start winning a few baseball games, I thought our
confidence would slowly start to get a little better," Piniella
While the announced attendance was 8,571, the actual crowd
appeared to be about 4,000. The game was played at the same time as
the opener of the Stanley Cup finals in Tampa between the Lightning
Kyle Lohse (1-4) allowed four runs and seven hits in six
innings. Lohse, 0-2 in his last seven starts, was hit in the arm by
a foul ball while sitting in the dugout Saturday.
"I know what I'm capable of," Lohse said. "I know I can go
out and shut a team a down. I've been really close this year. It's
frustrating because the stats don't really look that good."
Justin Morneau put the Twins ahead with a solo homer in the
third, but Lugo built a 4-1 lead with his sacrifice fly and fifth
homer of the season.
"It was a tough night for us offensively," Twins manager Ron
Gardenhire said. "We didn't get many opportunities to score."
"We're getting the hits at the right time," Lugo said. "I
think we're clicking together."
Baldelli was Tampa Bay's DH because of tightness in his
right quadriceps. He went 2-for-4. Tampa Bay DH's entered hitting a
combined .146. ... Morneau's homer was his second of the season and
came in his 11th at-bat. ... Tampa Bay's bullpen -- including two
innings Tuesday from RHP Lance Carter -- has not allowed a run in a
team record 24 straight innings.