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.