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