ST. PETERSBURG, Florida (Ticker) -- The
Tampa Bay Devil Rays
Boston Red Sox
both got what they wanted.
tossed eight solid innings and
completed a breakout season with a double and an RBI as the
rallied for a 3-1 triumph over the postseason-bound
While Tampa Bay continued to battle under manager
were able to add a little something to their wild card-winning season.
Boston third baseman
, who did not start but grounded out in his only at-bat in the eighth, captured the American League batting title when
New York Yankees
Mueller hit .326, teammate
batted .325 and Jeter finished at .324. Ramirez did not play Sunday.
"We were very aware of Jeter, we were aware of a lot of things," Boston manager Grady Little said. "We are a team, we pull for everyone and we are very happy for Mueller."
"Personal titles don't motivate me as much as helping the team and possibly winning a World Series," Mueller said. "It's a very nice accomplishment and I'm thankful for all my teammates supporting me."
tossed two scoreless innings in preparation for his start in Game Two of the Division Series against Oakland.
Zambrano (12-10) had yet another solid outing for the
, who ran their record to 63-99. That represented an eight-game improvement under Piniella, who saw the perennial also-rans play a much more competitive brand of baseball.
"The kids showed a lot of pride today," Piniella said. "It is a good way to end up. They came out and played hard today. It was a good way to finish. It's been a long season."
Piniella, who had been at the helm of the
, one of the winngest teams of the last five years, took some positives from his first year in St. Petersburg.
"You can't ask for any more than what we got from our players," he said. "They played good all year, a very competitive team. We just came out on the losing side too often sometimes.
"The attitude and chemistry of this team is as good as any team I've managed. It was fun seeing the team come together."
Tampa Bay played 90 games this season decided by one or two runs and were 39-51 in those contests.
Zambrano scattered seven singles and a homer, walked two and struck out six. He recorded his 26th win as a Devil Ray, tying
for the most in team history.
Huff set two team records, with a .311 batting average and 107 RBI.
had held both marks.
opened the seventh with his 25th homer, but Tampa Bay scored three times in the eighth against
. Huff had an RBI double,
a sacrifice fly and
a run-scoring single.