Kazmir outduels Halladay to come within out of first CG

TORONTO (AP) -- Even though he didn't get his first major league
complete game, Scott Kazmir was quite satisfied with beating Roy
Halladay and the Toronto Blue Jays.

Kazmir came within an out of a complete game, outpitching the
former AL Cy Young Award winner in the Tampa Bay Devil Rays' 5-2
victory Sunday.

"One more out. Maybe next time," Kazmir said, smiling.

Coming off an opening 9-6 loss to Baltimore, Kazmir (1-1)
allowed 12 hits, struck out six and walked one. After getting the
first two outs of the ninth, he allowed singles to Russ Adams and
Reed Johnson.

Tampa Bay then brought in Dan Miceli, who need just three
pitches to end the game, retiring Frank Catalanotto on a lineout to
shortstop for his second save.

"It was big for me to have my changeup working, to be able to
show that I can throw it for strikes," Kazmir said. "We need to
get more games like this. It shows that we can compete, that we can
beat anyone."

Mixing pitches to the key for Kazmir.

"Scott pitched brilliantly," Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon
said. "I loved the way he pounded the strike zone. And I loved
that he pitched to both sides of the plate."

Travis Lee homered, and Russell Branyan hit a tiebreaking,
two-run double in the eighth for the Devil Rays, who took two of
three from the new-look Blue Jays.

Tampa Bay headed to Monday's home opener against Baltimore with
a 3-3 record.

"We're kind of jelling a little bit. It's getting fun," Kazmir

Halladay (1-1) allowed all five runs and eight hits in 7 1-3
innings. After missing the second half of last season with a broken
leg, the 2003 AL Cy Young Award winner won his first start against

Toronto finished its opening homestand 3-3.

"We got to happy, but for us to get into it we got to find ways
to win games like that," Halladay said. "Finding a way to win it
-- that's what is going to get us over the hump. That will make the

Toronto led 2-1 until the seventh, when Lee tied it with his
third homer of the season.

Halladay hit Toby Hall with a pitch leading off the eighth and,
after Joey Gathright bunted into a forceout, Tomas Perez doubled to
put runners on second and third.

Carl Crawford was intentionally walked, and Branyan doubled for
a 4-2 lead. Aubrey Huff was intentionally walked, and Jonny Gomes
chased Halladay with an RBI single.

"They chose to walk Carl. He had been tough all day long, but
he left a pitch up in the zone to me and I was able to get it down
the line. It was a good feeling," said Branyan, who was recalled
from the minors on Wednesday after being one of the final cuts of
spring training.

Tampa Bay had gone ahead in the fourth when Huff hit a
run-scoring double-play grounder. Toronto took the lead in the
fifth when Johnson hit an RBI single with two outs and scored on a
double by Vernon Wells.

Game notes
Wells, Toronto's center fielder, received his second
straight AL Gold Glove before the game. ... The Devil Rays'
rotation entered 1-2 with an 8.14 ERA, which dropped to 6.69.