It was the first game as a blond for Piniella, the
' manager who pledged to dye his hair if his last-place team put together a three-game winning streak. The players picked the color, which replaced Piniella's salt-and-pepper look, after Saturday's 3-2 victory over the
But as soon as Piniella dyed his hair with blond streaks, the winning stopped. That's because the
like a batting practice pitcher.
Seeking his first major league win in his seventh career start, Standridge (0-4) was knocked out in the third inning and surrendered seven runs and eight hits.
"Jason just didn't have good stuff today," Piniella said. "His location was not good. It was his worst start of the year, by far."
pulled a page out of Piniella's book of motivation, but it's going to take more than a three-game winning streak for him to do something drastic.
"I they give me 10 (straight wins), I'll do something," Manuel said. "I'll surprise them. But they have to go 10. I got a 10 group not a three group."
Crede hit a two-run homer in the second inning and
added a solo shot in the third off Standridge. Valentin hit his three-run homer in the third off reliever
, staking the
to an 8-0 lead.
Crede added an RBI double in the fifth off Reyes, who pitched seven innings out of the bullpen.
"Thanks to Carlos for finishing out the game so we could rest our bullpen," Piniella said.
Reyes hit Valentin with a pitch in the seventh, causing both teams to receive warnings from plate umpire Jim Wolf. Valentin pointed to Reyes in anger as he walked to first base, but Tampa Bay catcher
"I didn't like that," Valentin said. "They didn't pitch me inside the whole game, and then he hit me."
pounded out 15 hits, including three apiece by Valentin and Sandy Alomar Jr.
(7-10) won his fifth straight start to match a career high, allowing three runs and seven hits in seven innings. The streak started on June 16 when he snapped a nine-game skid with a 4-2 win over Boston.
"This is the second or third game in a row I just threw a sinker and a cutter," said the lefthander, who threw 78 of 109 pitches for strikes and walked none. "When I got the big lead, I just threw fastballs. Everything is going good when your defense is playing well behind you and the offense is scoring runs."
drove in all of Tampa Bay's runs with singles in the third, fifth and seventh innings.
Ordonez led off the third with a home run over the center field fence.
followed with a double and
walked before Piniella lifted Standridge. Valentin greeted Reyes with a home run over the right field wall.
Valentin reached on an infield hit in the fifth and scored all the way from first on a two-out double by Crede. Sandy Alomar Jr. singled home Crede.
Rowand doubled in the sixth and scored on a two-out single by Everett, making it 11-2.
Despite the loss, the
won a series from the
for the first time since their inaugural season in 1998. They had gone 0-9-3 in the previous 12.