ST. PETERSBURG, Florida (Ticker) --
hit back-to-back homers in the top of the seventh inning as the
Toronto Blue Jays
held on for a 6-5 triumph over the
Tampa Bay Devil Rays
Wells had three hits and leads the American League with 195. He is trying to become the first Blue Jay to lead the league in hits since
in 1993. In this one, he delivered the biggest hit of the game - his 31st homer of the season.
Wells recorded his 18th three-hit game of the year and homered for the first time since hitting a two-run shot off Seattle's
on August 20.
"Today I just got a couple of pitches, I could handle," Wells said. "We needed to win a ballgame."
One night after going hitless in five at-bats, Delgado launched his 35th homer of the year. It marked the sixth time the
hit back-to-back homers this season and first time since Delgado and
did it June 26 against Baltimore.
"I just tried to slow myself down a bit," said Delgado, who hit his first homer since August 27. "The past couple of weeks, I felt like I was a little jumpy."
The big hits made a winner out of
(9-9), who settled down after a shaky start and allowed three runs - two earned - and six hits in six innings. He gave up all three runs in the first but kept the
in check the rest of the night and won his second straight decision.
"It's good to win,"
manager Carlos Tosca said. "You've got to give Mark credit. He battled and got us deep in the ballgame and gave us the chance to win."
pitched the seventh and allowed
's two-run homer. Rookie
pitched two innings and notched his 10th save in 12 opportunities.
After Huff's 30th homer of the season, the
put runners on first and second in the ninth. But the righthander got pinch hitter Pete Laforest to pop out to third to secure Toronto's fourth win in 14 games with Tampa Bay this season.
Tampa Bay, which has played in 81 games decided by two runs or less this season, tried to rally with one out in the ninth as
singled and stole second. But Lopez struck out
and, after Huff was walked intentionally, LaForest ended the game.
"We came back and had the winning on base in the ninth, but couldn't get him across,"
said. "Anytime you lose, it doesn't seem like there's any flow to it."
(5-10), who tossed a four-hitter on Thursday against Seattle, was tagged for six runs - five earned - and seven hits in 6 1/3 innings.
Staked to the early lead, Sosa gave up a two-run homer to
in the third and a game-tying double to Wells in the fifth.
Hendrickson, who had a 10.97 ERA in his previous three starts, surrendered run-scoring singles to Huff and
that made it 2-0. Huff then scored on second baseman
's throwing error.
The lefthander overcame a season-high four errors by his teammates and escaped a base-loaded jam in the fifth by getting Lee on a groundout.
"It's good to win," Tosca said. "We kicked the ball around in the first inning and broke a lot of bats."