Pirates 3

(2-2, 0-1 away)

Devil Rays 5

(4-1, 3-0 home)

    1:05 PM ET, March 6, 2005

    Progress Energy Park, St. Petersburg, Florida 

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    Tampa Bay 5, Pittsburgh 3

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- Aubrey Huff contributed with his bat and glove Sunday, leading the Tampa Bay Devil Rays to a 5-3 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates.

    Huff hit an RBI double and scored in the fourth inning to give the Devil Rays a 3-2 lead. He temporarily preserved the lead in the sixth, catching a drive by Ty Wigginton against the left-field wall.

    Tampa Bay starter Dewon Brazelton struggled through two innings. The right-hander allowed one run on two hits, walked three and threw two wild pitches.

    "I felt pretty positive about the way I was throwing the ball," said Brazelton, who had only two wild pitches in 120 2-3 innings last season. "I was really pleased, but I don't want to walk people. Going to where I'm trying to get, you don't want to do that."

    Devil Rays catcher Toby Hall's throwing error and passed ball led to a Pirates' run in the second.

    The Devil Rays took the lead for good in the sixth. Huff singled with one out, and pinch-runner Joey Gaithright later scored on a sacrifice fly by Travis Lee to make it 4-3.

    Jorge Cantu homered off left-hander Mike Gonzalez with two outs in the eighth.

    "That ball sounded like a rocket launcher when he hit it," Devil Rays manager Lou Piniella said.

    Cantu is 5-for-9 (.556) this spring.

    Left-hander Dave Williams pitched the first two innings for Pittsburgh. He walked two batters in the second, then gave up a two-out double to Josh Phelps.

    Losing pitcher Ryan Vogelsong allowed three runs in three innings.

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