Rays 3, Blue Jays 2
Jo-Jo Reyes got a bad break and remains winless over the last
B.J. Upton hit a two-run homer in the ninth inning, giving the
Tampa Bay Rays a 3-2 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday
Reyes dropped to 0-11 in 24 starts since beating the Los Angeles
Angles on June 13, 2008, while with Atlanta. He allowed one run and
four hits in six innings Tuesday.
”You would like to get the ‘W,’ but as along as you keep your
team in the game that’s the most important thing,” Reyes said.
”The wins will come as long as I keep up my end of the deal of
throwing quality starts.”
After Ben Zobrist singled to start the ninth off Jon Rauch
(1-2), Upton hit an 0-1 pitch into the left field seats for the
”You tip your hat to Upton for putting a good swing on the ball
late in the game,” Blue Jays manager John Farrell said.
Reyes lowered his ERA to 4.66.
”He did much better than the outcome will suggest,” Farrell
said. ”He threw the ball very good.”
The Blue Jays even got bad news before the first pitch. Slugger
Jose Bautista didn’t play because of neck spasms.
Farrell said the current time timetable for Bautista is to
return this weekend. An MRI exam found no structural issues.
”The MRI just shows the spasms,” Farrell said. ”We’ve got to
let that subside. He’ll have to go through some baseball activity
once he’s symptom-free.”
Rauch had converted his previous five save opportunities this
season. After Shawn Camp and Marc Rzepczynski both threw perfect
innings, Blue Jays’ relievers had recorded 10 2-3 straight hitless
That stretch ended with Zobrist’s single and Reyes’ hope for a
victory was dashed by Upton’s third career walk-off hit against
”The bullpen has been outstanding,” Farrell said. ”Tonight,
they just didn’t get the job done.”
Tampa Bay All-Star third baseball Evan Longoria was activated
from the 15-day disabled list after missing 26 games due to a left
oblique strain and had a single in four at-bats. He struck out
Toronto went ahead 2-1 in the fourth inning on a run-scoring
double by Edwin Encarnacion. The Blue Jays loaded the bases with
two outs later in the inning, but failed to extend their lead when
Rajai Davis struck out.
Adam Lind put the Blue Jays up 1-0 with an RBI single in the
first, giving him 14 RBIs over his last 11 games.
Kelly Shoppach, hitless in his 17 previous at-bats, tied it at 1
on a second-inning RBI bloop single.
Tampa Bay rookie Brandon Gomes, recalled from Triple-A Durham,
walked one over two scoreless innings in his major league
NOTES: Toronto is 8-2 in first games of a series this year. …
Rays manager Joe Maddon tweaked his rotation and will have LHP
David Price pitch in the series finale Thursday. Price was first
scheduled to pitch this weekend. … Blue Jays INF Aaron Hil
(strained right hamstring) is set to play in an extended spring
training game on Wednesday. He could be ready to return early next
week. … The Rays lead the all-time series 113-112.