Sosa (3-0) was moved into the rotation after 29 relief
appearances when Victor Zambrano was traded Friday to the New York
Mets. He gave up four hits, two walks and struck out five.
"Sosa was awesome," Fick said. "It was good to see him go out
there and throw the ball like he did. We need that. He needs
Delgado homered in his two at-bats against Sosa, giving the
Toronto slugger homers in five straight at-bats off the Tampa Bay
"We highlight the hitters that hit our pitchers and we have it
on the bench," Devil Rays manager Lou Piniella said. "We
highlight them in different colors and Delgado is red."
"I didn't realize it was five home runs. But let me tell you
what, this kid here even though he gave up the two solo shots, he
pitched. It's good to see. We're going to leave him in the rotation
and let him pitch."
Delgado hit two homers in two at-bats against Sosa last Sept.
25. He had four homers in that contest, won 10-8 by the Blue Jays.
That game on Sept. 25 was also Sosa's last start. He didn't
figure in the decision of that game at Skydome. Delgado's streak
started with a homer last Sept. 10.
"It's weird," Delgado said. "What are the chances? I didn't
know until I came in (the clubhouse) in the fifth inning to get
something and they were talking about it on TV."
Delgado put the Blue Jays up 1-0 in the second and hit another
solo shot two innings later to pull Toronto to 6-2. Delgado is
8-for-15 with five homers against Sosa.
"I wanted to put them (the pitches) a little more inside,"
Sosa said through an interpreter.
Travis Harper replaced Sosa in the sixth and struck out Delgado
"Notice he didn't get the sixth chance," Piniella said,
laughing. "Sosa gave us just about what we expected. Five innings
and about 75 pitches."
Fick gave Tampa Bay a 2-1 lead with a two-run homer in the
Bush (1-2) gave up six runs and eight hits in 2 2-3 innings. In
his previous start, Bush allowed three runs over 7 1-3 innings for
his first major league win in Toronto's 5-3 victory over the Devil
Rays last Sunday.
"I felt better than the results and I thought I pitched better
than the results," Bush said. "It cancels out the days when you
don't pitch so well and you do get results."
The Blue Jays cut the deficit to 6-4 in the eighth when Eric
Hinske hit a two-run homer off Harper. After Vernon Wells singled,
Trever Miller replaced Harper and struck out Delgado and then
induced a double play from Gregg Zaun.
Danys Baez gave up a run-scoring groundout in the ninth before
finishing for his 21st save in 23 opportunities.
"It got exciting in the ninth inning, but Baez got the job
done," Piniella said. "It was a good ballgame for us."
Sosa is the 12th different starting pitcher for the Devil
Rays this season. ... It was Delgado's first multihomer game since
his four home run game last September and 37th overall. ... Tampa
Bay recalled RHP John Webb from Double-A Montgomery. ... Zaun, who
was hit on the left wrist by a pitch Wednesday, was back in the
starting lineup. ... Huff has 16 RBI in his last 16 games.