American League Game Summary - Tampa Bay at Toronto|
(Saturday, September 1st)
Final Score: Tampa Bay 5, Toronto 4
Toronto, ON (Sports Network) - Matt Joyce's eighth-inning homer was the
deciding run, and B.J. Upton threw out Omar Vizquel at the plate to end the
game, as the Tampa Bay Rays escaped with a 5-4 victory over the Toronto Blue
Jays in the third edition of a four-game set.
Joyce finished with two hits and three RBI for the Rays, who won for just the
second time in their last eight games. Ryan Roberts also homered for the
Wade Davis (2-0) picked up the win after 2 1/3 innings of scoreless relief.
Activated from the 60-day disabled list prior to the game, starter Jeff
Niemann didn't make it through the fourth inning. He allowed one hit and
fanned four over 3 1/3 innings before departing with tightness in his right
"I wasn't able to throw with any kind of comfort," Niemann said. "Since it was
my first start back, I thought I would just take a precautionary view. We'll
see how it feels tomorrow."
Fernando Rodney earned his 40th save by recording the final five outs of the
contest, helped by Upton's toss home to Jose Molina on a single from Colby
"I knew I had a pretty good line on the throw," Upton admitted. "I was hoping
it wasn't too high. Luckily it wasn't. He got it while it was up a little
Edwin Encarnacion hit a two-run homer and Adam Lind also drove in two for the
Jays, whose three-game win streak came to an end.
Henderson Alvarez (7-12) was charged in the loss for five hits and four runs
with four walks in five full frames.
Joyce cranked a one-out solo homer in the top of the eighth to provide a 5-2
cushion for Tampa Bay, but Toronto rallied in the home half on a two-run
single by Lind coming with the bases loaded and one out off Joel Peralta.
Rodney entered and promptly walked Yorvit Torrealba before fanning both
Kelly Johnson and Moises Sierra swinging to keep it a one-run contest.
Vizquel worked a leadoff walk in the bottom of the ninth, then moved up on a
sacrifice bunt. He was stranded there after a Rajai Davis fly out, then was
cut down at the plate on a close play. Vizquel and Upton's throw arrived
simultaneously, but Molina was able to apply the tag and hold on while
preventing Vizquel a clear shot at the plate.
"All I wanted was to go around him," said Vizquel of Molina. "When he fell
down he fell right on top of me and I couldn't really do anything else after
Tampa tallied four times in the third to assume control of the contest.
Roberts started the run with a one-out, solo shot, and later in the frame
Ben Zobrist doubled home a run and Joyce added a two-run double.
Encarnacion's two-run blast in the home fourth halved Toronto's deficit,
coming two batters after Niemann departed and immediately after J.P. Howell
Tampa has won 10 of the 14 meetings with Toronto this season, including five
of eight at Rogers Centre ... Also on Saturday, the Rays recalled infielder
Reid Brignac, catcher Chris Gimenez, pitcher Cesar Ramos and outfielder Rich
Thompson from Triple-A Durham ... Infielder Will Rhymes was designated for
assignment to make room for Niemann on the 40-man roster.
09/01 21:04:32 ET