American League Game Summary - Tampa Bay at Toronto|
(Monday, May 14th)
Final Score: Tampa Bay 7, Toronto 1
Toronto, ON (Sports Network) - Luke Scott and Sean Rodriguez each drove in two
runs as the Tampa Bay Rays downed the Toronto Blue Jays, 7-1, in the opener of
a two-game set.
Ben Zobrist hit a solo home run and scored twice while Elliot Johnson also
drove in a run for the Rays, who have won their past two.
Tampa starting pitcher Jeff Niemann suffered a small fracture in his right
fibula during the game. Niemann gave up a single and a walk in the first
inning, then took a line drive off his right leg from Adam Lind. Niemann
got Lind out at first then, after getting checked by a trainer, retired Edwin
He came out for the second inning and started to warm up, but was removed
after talking with the trainer and manager Joe Maddon. After the game, the
team stated that he was put in a walking boot and was on crutches and that he
would be out four to six weeks.
"The ball was not hit that sharply so I thought it would just be like a
stinger kind of a thing and then he'd be able to walk it off," said Maddon.
Five relievers combined to pitch the final eight innings with Cesar Ramos
(1-0) getting his first career win after giving up one run on two hits with
three walks over three innings. The final four pitchers gave up just one hit
and two walks over five innings.
Kelly Johnson had two hits and drove in the lone run for the Blue Jays, who
have lost three of their last four. Brandon Morrow (4-2) was touched for six
runs -- all but one unearned -- on four hits with four walks and seven
strikeout over five innings.
Tampa didn't get its first hit of the game until the fifth inning when Will
Rhymes led off with a double. Two batters later, Johnson tied the game with a
single. Zobrist then grounded into a fielder's choice for the second out of
the inning, but the next five batters reached base.
B.J. Upton walked and Matt Joyce then reached base on a Lind error, scoring
Zobrist. Carlos Pena struck out, but the third strike was wild and he made it
to first base. Scott hit a two-run single and Rodriguez followed with a two-
run double for a 6-1 lead.
"Once that big inning happened for them it kind of drained us," Blue Jays
outfielder Eric Thames said. "We tried to claw our way back but it didn't work
Ramos lasted through the fourth inning, setting the Blue Jays down in order in
the frame, before handing the ball to Wade Davis, who walked one batter in his
two innings of work.
J.P. Howell retired the side in order in the seventh and Burke Badenhop did
the same in the eighth. Zobrist led off the ninth with a solo homer for a six-
Jake McGee allowed the first two batters to reach base in the ninth, but then
struck out the next three men to end the game.
Toronto pushed its lone run across in the second. With two outs, Colby Rasmus
and J.P. Arencibia worked consecutive walks before a single to left from
Johnson scored Rasmus.
Tampa took two of three in Toronto halfway through April...Toronto went 1-
for-8 with runners in scoring position and left nine on base...David Price
pitches for Tampa on Tuesday while Henderson Alvarez toes the mound for
Toronto...Tampa placed outfielder Desmond Jennings on the 15-day disabled list
on Monday. The move is retroactive to May 12 as he has a sprained left knee.
05/15 02:16:34 ET