Final

Series: Game 2 of 3

Tampa Bay leads 2-0 (as of 6/19)

Game 1: Friday, June 18
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Arizona2
Game 2: Saturday, June 19
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Arizona4
Game 3: Sunday, June 20
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Devil Rays 11

(31-34, 12-19 away)

Diamondbacks 4

(27-41, 13-21 home)

    10:05 PM ET, June 19, 2004

    Chase Field, Phoenix, Arizona 

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    W: R. Bell (2-3)

    L: L. Cormier (0-1)

    Martinez drives in five runs in win

    PHOENIX (AP) -- The way the Tampa Bay Devil rays are playing, Tino Martinez had no problem spreading around the credit for their latest win.

    Martinez drove in five runs with a homer and a double, powering the Tampa Bay Devil Rays to their 10th consecutive win with an 11-4 rout of the Arizona Diamondbacks on Saturday night.

    "We're exciting as a team," he said. "Offensively, we're really playing well. We're getting good pitching, the bullpen is doing a great job. It's just a great team effort.

    "We've got a lot of confidence -- if we take the lead or fall behind, we feel we have a chance to win."

    The Devil Rays are a major league-best 10-1 in interleague play and have won 21 of 27 games. On Saturday, they rallied from a 3-0 deficit with seven runs in the second inning, highlighted by Martinez's two-run shot.

    Reliever Rob Bell pitched seven innings of four-hit ball for Tampa Bay.

    Jose Cruz Jr. added a two-run triple, Carl Crawford had an RBI double and Toby Hall and Rocco Baldelli hit run-scoring singles in the second.

    Martinez lined a bases-loaded double into the gap in the seventh after Crawford singled off reliever Stephen Randolph and Randolph walked two of the next three hitters he faced.

    Martinez left for a pinch-runner after the double with tightness in his left hamstring. He is day to day and had been scheduled to rest Sunday regardless, with Fred McGriff replacing him at first base.

    "It's been sore for about 10 days," Martinez said. "I've just been playing through it, and when I tried to speed up a little bit between first and second, I kind of felt it grab, and I didn't want to risk it."

    The victory was No. 1,413 for Tampa Bay manager Lou Piniella, tying him with Miller Huggins for 20th on the career list.

    "You're passing prestige people, Hall of Fame people," Piniella said. "But I'll reflect when my career is over. Right now, what's important here is what these kids are doing."

    Shea Hillenbrand had a two-run double for the Diamondbacks, who had seven hits and scored four runs against Tampa Bay starter Dewon Brazelton in two innings.

    But Bell (2-3) steadied the Devil Rays with solid relief, allowing an RBI single to Chad Tracy in the third -- with the run charged to Brazelton. Bell struck out five without walking a batter.

    "The only real surprising part about it was going back out in the ninth," said Bell, who started five games after joining the Devil Rays from Triple-A Durham on May 19. "The pitching coach came over and said, 'Good job, and shook my hand. I thought for sure they would have got somebody else going."

    Arizona scored three times in the first on a single by Steve Finley and Hillenbrand's two-run single.

    But Aubrey Huff led off the second with a double and Martinez followed with a shot into the Tampa Bay bullpen, his team-high 12th homer.

    Hall tied it with an RBI single, Crawford made it 4-3 with an RBI double and Cruz tripled in two more runs before Arizona manager Bob Brenly pulled Lance Cormier (0-1), who got four outs while giving up seven runs on six hits and a walk in his major league debut.

    "He made a lot of mistakes over the middle of the plate," Brenly said. "That's a red-hot ballclub over there. They swing the bats well."

    Baldelli hit an RBI single off Andrew Good before Good got the last two outs of the Devil Rays second.

    Good, who was scheduled to start until Brenly brought Cormier up from Triple-A Tucson on Friday, worked 4 2-3 scoreless innings, allowing one hit.

    "They took advantage in the second inning after we scored three," Arizona outfielder Luis Gonzalez said. "They jumped on our young kid, took some pitches. When you're facing a team that's hot like that, there's not a lot of margin for error."

    Game notes


    Martinez hit his 311th career homer to move out of a tie with Jay Buhner for 92nd all-time. He is one homer shy of Carlos Delgado for 91st. ... Gonzalez hit his 19th double in the first inning, his career 449th. ... The Devil Rays are the first team since Minnesota in 1985 to start a 10-game winning streak with a winning percentage of .382 or lower. The Twins were at .182 (2-9) when they began their run 19 years ago; Tampa Bay was 21-34 before the run.

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