ST. PETERSBURG, Florida (Ticker) --
hit a three-run home run in the fourth inning and rookie
won his second consecutive start as the
Tampa Bay Devil Rays
posted an 11-6 victory over the
Toronto Blue Jays
Crawford, who leads the American League with 47 stolen bases, gave the
a 7-4 lead with a homer off Toronto starter
. It was his Crawford's fifth homer in 540 at-bats this season but second on Tampa Bay's nine-game homestand.
Waechter (3-0), who tossed a two-hitter in first career start on Wednesday, had a tougher time in this one, allowing four runs and eight hits in six innings. The St. Petersburg native overcame a three-run homer to
in the first and a solo shot to
in the fourth.
"I was impressed," Tampa Bay manager
said. "He gave up the three-run homer and the solo (homer) to Hudson. Then he started making adjustments. It was a good learning lesson for him. I was most impressed that he kept his composure."
"I just wanted to keep my poise," Waechter said. "I don't know if they were sitting on the fastball, but I wasn't showing them anything else and I was throwing it where they could hit it. After that I got my changeup and breaking ball over."
Waechter grew up in St. Petersburg and played just minutes away at Northeast High School - the closest school to Tropicana Field. He made his major league debut at Seattle on August 27, recording a win with 2 1/3 scoreless innings in relief and dominated the Mariners on Wednesday.
Less than a week after becoming the first Tampa Bay pitcher to toss a shutout in his first major league start, the 22-year-old righthander overcame his early struggles.
"It's impressive to watch a young man pitch with poise and not get flustered," Piniella said. "His stuff got better as the game progressed. I liked the way he pitched tonight. He kept his focus and went after hitters."
After surrendering Phelps' 19th homer, Waechter surrendered a double to
and walked Hudson. But he struck out
and breezed through the next two innings before Hudson homered.
followed Waechter and tossed three innings to notch his first career save.
also homered for the
(58-84), who need to win just five of their remaining 20 games to avoid a third straight 100-loss season.
Lidle (12-12) was tagged for seven runs - four earned - and five hits in 4 1/3 innings. Lidle lost for the fourth time in five decisions and failed to hold the early lead as
stroked a two-run double in the bottom of the first and Hall hit a solo shot in the second.
"I was all over the place," Lidle said. "For example Crawford's home run, I missed my spot by a foot and a half. (I was) just falling behind and putting them in fastball counts. The way I felt in the bullpen and us getting those three runs, I thought that it would be enough. But they had something else to say about it."
After Crawford's blast made it 6-4,
had RBI doubles in the fifth and seventh. Hall capped the seventh with a two-run double and Huff's 29th homer made it 11-4.
are 10-3 against Toronto this season.