TORONTO (AP) -- After a rough start to his season, Aaron Hill is
finishing the year on a tear.
Hill has raised his average from .197 on May 17 to .290.
"That was the toughest part of my career so far. Hopefully, it
doesn't get much tougher because I was really going through some
stuff the first couple of months," Hill said. "I stuck with it
and worked hard. Eventually, things started falling for me."
With the game tied 3-3 and two outs in the eighth, Hill hit a
two-run shot off Shawn Camp (7-4). It was Hill's sixth homer. He
also gave the Blue Jays the win Friday night with a 10th inning
Hill is hitting .378 over his last 10 games.
He was looking for a slider from Camp and got it.
"I guess I was lucky," he said.
Toronto manager John Gibbons said Hill deserves credit because
he's had to adjust to playing both second and shortstop this
season. Hill said he's more comfortable at second base and would
eventually like to stick to one position.
"That's not easy to do. He's still trying to establish himself
at this level to begin with," Gibbons said.
Bengie Molina homered and had three hits for the Blue Jays, who
have won four straight.
Delmon Young homered for the Devil Rays, who have lost seven
straight and all six games of their road trip.
Tampa Bay is 19-56 on the road, 38-38 at home.
"We're like two different teams. We're so Jekyll and Hyde it's
incredible," manager Joe Maddon said. "That's going to be food
for offseason though, to try and prevent that next year."
Young went 2-for-4 to extend his hitting streak to 11 games. The
highly touted rookie is hitting .400.
Molina tied it at 1 with an RBI double in the second.
Young's homer gave the Devil Rays back the lead in the top of
the third before Vernon Wells' sacrifice fly to right tied it. Reed
Johnson just beat the catcher Shawn Riggans' tag after Young made a
Young singled in the sixth, advanced to second on Ty Wigginton's
walk and scored on Greg Norton's RBI single.
Molina hit his career-high 16th homer, a solo shot off Brian
Stokes in sixth.
Young has hit safely in 16 of his 18 starts, including 10
multihit games. ... Toronto's Adam Lind hit a ball off the wall in
right in the eighth, but shortstop Ben Zobrist made a quick relay
throw to get a sliding Lind at third. ... Tampa Bay reliever Jon
Switzer was hit on the left forearm by a liner in the eighth. He
stayed in the game. On Saturday, Tampa Bay's Edwin Jackson left the
game after being hit on the back of the head by a liner. A Blue
Jays doctor examined him and said he's OK.