"Over the last couple of years, I didn't get as much support," Lidle said. "It's all evening out now."
Lidle (6-2) allowed five runs and eight hits in 7 1/3 innings with a walk and two strikeouts. He protected an early lead before tiring in the eighth but did enough to win for the fifth time in his last six starts.
"In the American League, no lead is a safe lead,"
manager Carlos Tosca said. "I'd rather have less drama, but you've got to give those guys some credit. Every time we play them, they seem to battle back."
pitched the ninth inning for his fourth save. After blowing a pair of opportunities in April, Politte has not let the
down in four appearances this month.
"I'm disappointed," Brazelton said. "I made stupid mistakes in situations where I know better."
Brazelton allowed five runs and seven hits with three strikeouts and a walk in five innings. The No. 3 pick in the 2001 draft is winless in five career starts, including three this season.
"He hung a couple of breaking pitches and they both got hit out of the ballpark," Tampa Bay manager
said. "That fifth inning, he went away from his game plan. He didn't pitch, he tried to throw."
It was Brazelton's shortest career outing and the first time he allowed more than three earned runs since he made his major league debut on September 13 at SkyDome and allowed five runs in six innings.