Rays 3, Blue Jays 2
B.J. Upton kept Jo-Jo Reyes from getting his first win in three
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
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
”That was pretty cool,” Rays manager Joe Maddon said. ”That
ball was properly struck right there.”
Kyle Farnsworth (2-0) got the final out in the top of the ninth
for the win. Tampa Bay has won seven of nine.
Reyes dropped to 0-11 in 24 starts since a win against the
Angles on June 13, 2008, while with Atlanta. He allowed one run and
four hits in six innings Tuesday.
”Overall, he did much better than the outcome will suggest,”
Toronto manager John Farrell said. ”He threw the ball very
The Blue Jays were without slugger Jose Bautista, who didn’t
play because of neck spasms. Farrell said Bautista might be out
until this weekend.
Bautista underwent an MRI exam that showed no structural
”The MRI just shows the spasms,” Farrell said. ”There’s no
spine issues or anything like that. He’ll have to go through some
baseball activity once he’s symptom-free.”
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
Rays starter Wade Davis had his three-game winning streak end.
The right-hander gave up two runs and six hits in six innings.
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
”He looked great,” Davis said. ”I know he was nervous. Poise
was really good.”
Rays DH Johnny Damon was hit on the underside of the left
forearm by Reyes’ pitch in the third, but remained in the game. He
missed three games from April 18-20 after breaking the tip of his
left ring finger while trying to bunt.
NOTES: Three of Upton’s four career walkoff hits have come
against Toronto. … Maddon tweaked his rotation and will have LHP
David Price pitch in the series finale Thursday. Price was first
scheduled to pitch this weekend at Baltimore. … 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. … Tampa Bay 2B Sean Rodriguez (dislocated left
pinky finger) was back in the lineup. … Former Tampa Bay closer
Roberto Hernandez will be working with Rays’ relievers during
homestands. … The Rays lead the all-time series 113-112.