Toronto, T.B. vying to avoid AL East cellar

TORONTO (AP) -- The Tampa Bay Devil Rays and Toronto Blue Jays
are battling for last place in the AL East -- and it showed Sunday.

Vernon Wells homered in Toronto's five-run third inning and the
Blue Jays beat the Devil Rays 9-7 in an error-filled game.

Guillermo Quiroz had two RBI for the Blue Jays, who moved two
games behind fourth-place Tampa Bay in the AL East.

Aubrey Huff and Tino Martinez homered for the Devil Rays, who
made three errors and are trying to avoid a last-place finish for
the first time in their seven-year history.

"Let it go down to the last day if it has to," Tampa Bay
manager Lou Piniella said.

The Devil Rays have the third-worst fielding percentage in the
AL, and the third-most errors.

"For about year and a half, we were in the top three or four
teams in the league defensively and over the course of the second
half of the year we've worked out way to the bottom three or
four," Piniella said.

Vinnie Chulk (1-3) pitched 1 1/3 innings for his first major
league win. Justin Speier got three outs for his seventh save.

Chulk didn't realize he had gotten credit for the win until
about 10 minutes after the game.

"I'm excited," he said. "It was good to get the first one out
of the way."

Chulk was one of nine rookies forced to wear a dress for their
flight to New York.

"I think I got the best one of all of them," said Chulk, who
had a pink, green and white dress on the chair near his locker.
"They got me pretty good. I'll wear it with pride."

Tampa Bay starter Scott Kazmir (2-2), a highly regarded prospect
acquired from the New York Mets on July 30 for Victor Zambrano,
allowed seven runs and six hits in two-plus innings.

"I just didn't have it today," Kazmir said.

Huff homered off Justin Miller in the first, his 27th of the

Kazmir struck out the first two batters he faced, but walked
Vernon Wells before throwing a wild pitch and allowing an RBI
single to Carlos Delgado.

Frank Menechino followed with a walk, and Chris Gomez and Alex
Rios later hit consecutive run-scoring singles.

Toby Hall hit an RBI grounder in the second and Martinez's
three-run homer in the third gave Tampa Bay a 5-3 lead.

The Blue Jays sent 10 men to the plate in the bottom half.

After Wells led off with his homer, Delgado hit a hard grounder
that bounced over the head of shortstop Julio Lugo for what was
ruled a double.

Frank Menechino followed with what looked to be a fly out, but
right fielder Jose Cruz Jr. appeared to lose the ball in the sun.
The ball bounced at least 5 feet away from Cruz, allowing Delgado
to score on the RBI double.

Chris Woodward later hit a run-scoring double, Quiroz followed
with a two-run double to give Toronto a 8-5 lead.

Lugo's run-scoring throwing error in the fourth made it 9-5.

Game notes
The Blue Jays purchased the contracts of pitchers Gustavo
Chacin and Brandon League from Double-A New Hampshire. Chacin, a
left-hander, will start Monday night in New York against the
Yankees. He went 16-2 with a 2.92 ERA and was named the Eastern
League's pitcher of the year. ... The Devil Rays finished their
road trip 4-9.