Series: Game 3 of 3

Tampa Bay won 3-0

Game 1: Friday, June 18
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Game 2: Saturday, June 19
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Game 3: Sunday, June 20
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Devil Rays 2

(32-34, 13-19 away)

Diamondbacks 1

(27-42, 13-22 home)

    4:35 PM ET, June 20, 2004

    Chase Field, Phoenix, Arizona 

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    W: M. Hendrickson (5-5)

    L: B. Webb (3-7)

    S: J. Colome (2)

    Four hurlers combine to limit D-Backs

    PHOENIX (AP) -- With their closer in Miami to be with his wife during the delivery of their first child, the Tampa Bay Devil Rays found another way to cope.

    Victor Zambrano, who will start Wednesday in Toronto, worked an inning in relief, Trever Miller got one out and Jesus Colome faced four batters and got five outs to seal the Devil Rays' 2-1 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Sunday -- their 11th straight victory.

    Carl Crawford


    Carl Crawford would be an ideal candidate to participate in a Triples Derby.

    "We have a nice defensive ballclub," manager Lou Piniella said. "(Danys) Baez, his wife is having a baby. We couldn't use him. We put Zambrano in the bullpen to see if we needed him, and we did."

    The Devil Rays had scored 65 runs in 10 games to tie San Francisco for the best winning streak in the majors. This time, they made do with limited offense.

    Robert Fick, a late addition to the lineup, tripled in the eventual winning run, and Rocco Baldelli had a sacrifice fly. The rest was pitching and defense.

    "Nobody saw this coming," said Carl Crawford, who scored both runs. "We knew we could win, but 11 in a row, I think, kind of surprised everybody. We're playing team baseball right now."

    With the win, Piniella moved past Miller Huggins for 20th all-time with 1,414 victories. Piniella's teams have five streaks of 10 wins or more. His 2001 Seattle team won 15 straight on the way to an American League-record 116 victories.

    Fick was playing for Jose Cruz Jr., who was hit by a pitch Saturday and was scratched from the lineup with a bruise on the back of his left leg. Fick's triple came in the third and put Tampa Bay up 2-0.

    The Giants had 10 straight wins from May 20-31. The last team to win 11 straight was Minnesota last Sept. 13-24.

    The Devil Rays improved to major league-best 11-1 in interleague play.

    Mark Hendrickson (5-5), who is 3-0 in four starts in June, had worked into the eighth inning in two previous outings, but weakened earlier this time and lasted six.

    The Diamondbacks loaded the bases on three singles with no outs in the fifth, but got only one run -- Shea Hillenbrand scored from third when Juan Brito hit into a double play.

    Hendrickson, who threw 26 pitches in the fifth after using only 46 in the first four innings, pitched a perfect sixth and was allowed to bat second in the Tampa Bay seventh. But Arizona starter Brandon Webb walked him, and Hendrickson cooled off as Fick singled and Webb walked Baldelli to load the bases.

    Hendrickson said he had nosebleeds before the game because of the dry air and felt his calf tighten on a pitch to Brito in the fifth.

    "I had plenty of liquids in me, but I think (Piniella) just wanted to take me out for a caution," said Hendrickson, who finished with one run on five hits and a walk.

    Zambrano replaced him to start the seventh.

    Miller came in for the eighth and allowed a double by Chad Tracy and a single by Scott Hairston before striking out Steve Finley.

    Colome relieved and got Danny Bautista to ground into an inning-ending double play, then pitched a perfect ninth for his second save in as many chances.

    "That was really clutch pitching there at the end by Colome," Piniella said. "I tell you what, he's done a heck of a job for us since we called him up from Durham, and we've leaned on him."

    Bob Brenly, his Arizona counterpart, said the last of Tampa Bay's three double plays was the most costly.

    "Double-play balls have really hurt us lately," Brenly said. "We've had some opportunities -- anything but a double-play ball."

    Webb (3-7) gave up two runs on six hits and three walks, striking out six in 6 2-3 innings.

    Baldelli had his sacrifice fly in the first after Crawford singled, stole second and advanced on a groundout.

    In the third, Crawford doubled and scored on Fick's triple.

    Game notes

    Home plate umpire Jim Joyce warned both benches after Webb hit Aubrey Huff after Arizona fell behind 2-0 in the third. Two Tampa Bay batters were hit Saturday night. ... Crawford's stolen base was his 30th, tying Scott Posednik for the major league lead. ... Before the game, the Diamondbacks optioned RHP Lance Cormier to Triple-A Tucson and recalled RHP Greg Aquino from Tucson. Cormier started Saturday and allowed seven runs on six hits while getting four outs. ... Huggins managed the St. Louis Cardinals (1913-17) and New York Yankees (1918-29).

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