Rays 9, Blue Jays 4

Evan Longoria hit a two-run homer and came within a triple of

the cycle, Desmond Jennings added a solo shot and the Tampa Bay

Rays ended a 10-game road trip by beating the Toronto Blue Jays 9-4

Thursday night.

Longoria went 3 for 4 with a season-high four RBIs and reached

base four times as the Rays tagged Blue Jays right-hander Henderson

Alvarez for a career-high six earned runs. Longoria singled home a

run in the first, homered in the fifth, drew an intentional walk in

the seventh and hit an RBI double in the ninth.

Alvarez (0-1) allowed six hits in 6 1-3 innings, walked two and

struck out four.

Jeremy Hellickson won for the Rays, who have won nine of their

past 12 games against the Blue Jays and 10 of 15 at Rogers Centre.

Hellickson (2-0) gave up three runs, two earned, in 5 2-3 innings.

He walked three and struck out four.

The Rays went 4-6 on a three-city trip to Detroit, Boston and

Toronto that began with seven straight day games, including an

11:05 a.m. start at Fenway Park last Monday. It matches the longest

trip of the season for Tampa Bay, who have a 10-game trip to

Minnesota, Seattle and Los Angeles in mid-August.

Hellickson left after Yunel Escobar drew a two-out walk in the

sixth. Kelly Johnson singled off Jake McGee and Burke Badenhop

walked Jose Bautista to load the bases for Adam Lind, but J.P.

Howell escaped the jam by getting Lind to line out to first.

Howell worked 1 1-3 innings, Joel Peralta pitched one inning and

Fernando Rodney finished, giving up Brett Lawrie’s RBI grounder in

the ninth.

Trailing after Longoria’s RBI single in the first, the Blue Jays

tied it in the bottom half on Lind’s two-out double.

The Rays reclaimed the lead with two in the second. Matt Joyce

scored on Sean Rodriguez’s single to right when Bautista’s throw

skipped past catcher J.P. Arencibia and struck Alvarez, who was

backing up, on the left collarbone. Alvarez went down and was

treated briefly on the field but stayed in the game. Rodriguez took

third on Bautista’s throwing error on scored on a base hit by


Toronto tied it at 3 in the fourth. Arencibia hit an RBI double

and Escobar followed with a grounder to short, with Arencibia

scoring on Rodriguez’s throwing error.

The Rays took the lead for good with a three-run, two-homer

fifth. Jennings hit a one-out drive to left, his first and, after

Zobrist walked, Longoria made it 6-3 with a shot off the facing of

the center field restaurant, his second.

Longoria doubled home a run off Jason Frasor in the ninth and

Luke Scott capped it with a two-run double.

NOTES: Tampa Bay moved C Robinson Chirinos (concussion) to the

60-day DL and claimed 1B/OF Brandon Allen on waivers from Oakland.

Allen is expected to join the Rays Friday when they return to

Florida. The Rays are also expected to activate OF B.J. Upton (sore

back) off the DL Friday, meaning they will make two roster moves

before hosting Minnesota. … Commissioner Bud Selig said the Rays

need a new stadium to remain competitive. ”They need a new

ballpark, there’s no question,” Selig said Thursday in an

interview with the Associated Press Sports Editors. … Alvarez has

never walked more than two batters in any of his 13 ML starts. …

Arencibia snapped an 0 for 14 slump with his single in the second.

… The roof at Rogers Centre was open for the first time this

season. This is the third-earliest date the roof has been open for

at least the start of a game.