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
(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,"
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
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
against Minnesota. I just have confidence against them."
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,"
manager Carlos Tosca said of Walker. "He left some splits up in the strike zone."
(0-1) pitched a scoreless sixth, but could not record an out in the seventh, facing two batters before
came on and surrendered the pivotal hit to Hall.
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.