American League Game Summary - Toronto at Tampa Bay|
(Saturday, September 22nd)
Final Score: Tampa Bay 11, Toronto 5
St. Petersburg, FL (Sports Network) - Evan Longoria belted a three-run homer,
one of four long balls hit by the Tampa Bay Rays in an 11-5 thrashing of the
Toronto Blue Jays.
Desmond Jennings went 3-for-3 with a solo homer and scored four times. Jose
Molina added three hits, including a solo homer. B.J. Upton also went deep, as
the Rays won their fourth in a row, although time is dwindling for their
With 10 contests remaining, Tampa Bay is 3 1/2 games behind Oakland for the
second wild card spot.
Adam Lind knocked in three runs for the Blue Jays, losers of five straight
The Rays have scored 43 times during their winning streak, the best run
production over a four-game span in club history.
Burke Badenhop (3-2) replaced Rays starter Matt Moore after just 2 2/3 innings
and recorded four outs to get the win.
Brandon Morrow (8-7) was touched for five runs over four innings, and Brad
Lincoln imploded in the fifth by giving up six hits and as many runs while
getting only two outs.
Edwin Encarnacion and Lind each drove in a run in the top of the first, but
Ben Francisco walked with the bases full in the bottom half, and the Rays went
ahead in the second when Longoria homered to left field.
Jennings went deep to left in the fourth before Lind made it a 5-4 game when
his sinking triple went by a sliding Jennings. Anthony Gose and Brett Lawrie
Tampa Bay then exploded for six runs in its half of the fifth. Francisco
doubled down the left field line to drive in Jeff Keppinger before scoring on
a bloop single by Ryan Roberts. Molina and Upton tacked on two-run homers for
an 11-4 cushion.
Adeiny Hechavarria had an RBI single in the eighth inning.
The teams combined to leave 18 men on base ... The Rays lead the season
series, 13-4, having won the last four games. That includes a 7-1 mark at
Tropicana Field this season. The Blue Jays have lost 17 straight series at
Tampa Bay ... Blue Jays shortstop Yunel Escobar returned from a three-game
suspension and went 0-for-4. Escobar was penalized for displaying a gay slur
written in Spanish on eye black during a recent game.
09/22 23:21:07 ET