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Updated: Wednesday, May 14, 2003 11:35 PM EDT
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Tampa Bay Devil Rays
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R H E
6 10 0
Toronto Blue Jays
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R H E
7 11 0
W Lidle (6-2)
L Brazelton (0-2)
S Politte (4)
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TORONTO 7, TAMPA BAY 6
 

TORONTO (Ticker) -- Cory Lidle may have faltered a bit at the end but his strong start to the season has the Toronto Blue Jays rolling.

Lidle was effective early and the bullpen hung on late as the Blue Jays posted a 7-6 triumph over the Tampa Bay Devil Rays .

"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," Blue Jays 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."

Cliff Politte pitched the ninth inning for his fourth save. After blowing a pair of opportunities in April, Politte has not let the Blue Jays down in four appearances this month.

Vernon Wells got things going for Toronto with a solo homer in the third, and Greg Myers put the Blue Jays up 2-0 with another blast in the fourth off Dewon Brazelton (0-2).

"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 Lou Piniella 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.

The Blue Jays continued to hit Brazelton in the fifth inning as Frank Catalanotto had an RBI single and Carlos Delgado and Myers run-scoring doubles.

Myers, who tacked on a run-scoring single in the seventh inning, has seven RBI in his last four games.

"I take the same appraoch every at-bat," Myers said. "I (try) to get a pitch to hit and swing hard in case I hit it. The last couple of weeks, I've felt pretty good and I'm htting some gaps."

The Blue Jays have won nine of their last 12 games, including five of their last six at home.

Aubrey Huff remained a bright spot for the Devil Rays , hitting his team-leading 11th homer of the season, a solo shot off Lidle in the fifth. Tampa Bay added another run in the sixth when Marlon Anderson doubled home Felix Escalona .


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