Devil Rays 5

(14-12, 6-6 away)

Phillies 4

(11-16, 7-6 home)

    7:05 PM ET, March 29, 2005

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    Tampa Bay 5, Philadelphia 4

    CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) -- Hideo Nomo has earned a spot in the Tampa Bay Devil Rays' rotation.

    Nomo locked up the fifth and final spot in the rotation despite giving up 11 hits, including three home runs, in 4 1-3 innings in the Devil Rays' 5-4 win over Philadelphia on Tuesday night.

    "I'm pleased with his effort this spring," Devil Rays manager Lou Piniella said of the right-hander. "He worked hard and he earned it. He has the experience we need for our rotation."

    Nomo, 36, who did not figure in the decision, beat out left-hander Casey Fossum, 27, and joins Dewon Brazelton, Scott Kazmir, Mark Hendrickson and Rob Bell in the rotation.

    "I'm happy to be staying here," Nomo, a non-roster invitee, said through an interpreter. "I'm very pleased. I'm looking not only to staying in the rotation, but to helping the team win."

    Nomo has given up 23 hits, including seven home runs, and 11 earned runs this spring. Fossum, who will pitch out of the bullpen, has surrendered 14 hits, including one home run, and four earned runs in 11 2-3 innings.

    The Devil Rays are Nomo's sixth team since breaking into the major leagues with the Dodgers in 1995.

    Chase Utley hit two solo home runs off Nomo, his fifth and sixth of the season, and Bobby Abreu belted his fourth.

    Jorge Cantu's solo home run off reliever Tim Worrell with one out in the ninth inning snapped a 4-4 tie and proved to be the game-winning hit. Cantu went 3-for-3.

    Phillies starter Brett Myers gave up six hits and four runs, all of them earned, in 5 1-3 innings. He has given up 35 hits and 19 earned runs in 22 1-3 innings this spring.

    "I can't wait to get out of here and start the season," said Myers, Philadelphia's No. 4 starter. ^Notes:@ Phillies catcher Mike Lieberthal was scratched from the starting lineup for what was identified as food poisoning. ... Phillies center fielder Kenny Lofton, who hasn't played in a spring game since straining his left hamstring on March 11, had 11 at-bats while alternating between Double-A and Triple-A games at the Carpenter Complex. ... Phillies first baseman Jim Thome sat out his seventh straight spring game as he recovers from a lower back strain. ... Phillies manager Charlie Manuel expects pitcher Vicente Padilla (triceps tendinitis), who will start the year on the disabled list, to be ready to pitch by the third week in April.

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