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Updated: Tuesday, April 22, 2003 11:56 PM EDT
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Toronto Blue Jays
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R H E
3 5 0
Tampa Bay Devil Rays
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R H E
4 11 0
W Kennedy (1-1)
L Kershner (0-1)
S Carter (2)
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TAMPA BAY 4, TORONTO 3
 

ST. PETERSBURG, Florida (Ticker) -- Toby Hall is doing his best to erase a slow start.

Hall drove in the decisive run with a single in the seventh inning as the Tampa Bay Devil Rays earned a 4-3 win over the Toronto Blue Jays .

Hall is batting .385 (5-for-13) with four RBI in his last four games but is hitting just .241 this season.

Tampa Bay starter Joe Kennedy (1-1) pitched a strong game, allowing three runs and five hits in eight innings. The lefthander struck out five and walked two.

"That's the best he's thrown all year," Devil Rays manager Lou Piniella said. "He threw well in Boston and I told him then that if you keep throwing the ball like that, you're going to get yourself on a nice little roll. He had better velocity tonight and a better feel for pitching."

Kennedy moved to 5-0 in his career against the Blue Jays with a 3.46 ERA in nine starts.

"I just seem to match up well against them and it's given me confidence," Kennedy said. "Some pitchers, that just happens, like David Wells against Minnesota. I just have confidence against them."

Lance Carter pitched the ninth for his second save.

Eric Hinske got Toronto on the board in the fourth inning with a two-run double off Kennedy, and the Blue Jays added another run two batters later on Dave Berg 's RBI single.

The Devil Rays got back all three runs in the bottom of the frame against Blue Jays starter Pete Walker . George Lombard , Marlon Anderson and rookie Rocco Baldelli all had RBI singles in the rally.

Walker pitched five innings allowing three runs and nine hits.

"Right from the get-go, I could tell his delivery was a little off and therefore, he wasn't able to locate his pitches," Blue Jays manager Carlos Tosca said of Walker. "He left some splits up in the strike zone."

Jason Kershner (0-1) pitched a scoreless sixth, but could not record an out in the seventh, facing two batters before Jeff Tam came on and surrendered the pivotal hit to Hall.

The Blue Jays went down in order in the eighth inning and could not get a runner past first in the ninth.

Toronto has lost 11 of its last 13 games and has not won back-to-back games since its five-game winning streak from April 4-9.

Meanwhile, Tampa Bay moved out of last place in the American League East and has won four of six games at home.


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