American League Game Summary - Toronto at Tampa Bay|
(Tuesday, May 22nd)
Final Score: Tampa Bay 8, Toronto 5
St. Petersburg, FL (Sports Network) - Carlos Pena may get used to this leadoff
Pena, batting leadoff to start a game for the first time in his big-league
career, finished 2-for-5 with a long three-run homer, as Tampa Bay downed
Toronto, 8-5, in the middle contest of a three-game set.
"We talk about winning ugly, but in the end, they're all kind of beautiful,
actually," Rays manager Joe Maddon said.
Matt Moore couldn't make it through five frames, leaving the Rays bullpen to
pull extra duty. It responded with 4 1/3 solid frames, giving up just one run
on four hits. Wade Davis (1-0) pitched two frames to pick up the win, while
Fernando Rodney cruised through the ninth with a pair of strikeouts to record
his 14th save.
Chris Gimenez drove in two runs and B.J. Upton hit a solo home run for the
Rays, who snapped a two-game losing streak and improved their home record to
an AL-best 16-7.
Jose Bautista drove in a pair of runs and Yan Gomes hit a solo home run for
the Blue Jays, who have lost two of three. Drew Hutchison (3-2) took the loss,
giving up six runs on seven hits over four frames.
"I just didn't make good pitches tonight," said Hutchison. "I wasn't executing
quality pitches down in the zone. I just didn't give us a chance to win."
Luke Scott had just enough power on his long, high drive to left in the
second, as the ball just landed over the yellow guard rail and jumped into the
seats for his eighth home run of the season.
Tampa Bay left two runners on base in the third, but took advantage of its
opportunity in the fourth. Scott was again in the middle of the foray with a
leadoff double, and he scored on Drew Sutton's double to right. Sutton
advanced to third on a wild pitch and came in to score on Gimenez's grounder
to third. Elliot Johnson kept the momentum going with a single to left and
Pena broke the game open with a titanic shot to dead center field that landed
well over the fence for a 6-0 lead.
Staked to a six-run edge, Moore couldn't make it through the fifth frame.
Rajai Davis stood at first with two outs and stole two bases around a walk to
Kelly Johnson. Moore continued to struggle with his command, walking Yunel
Escobar to load the bases before Bautista ripped a two-run single to left.
Edwin Encarnacion then reached first on Sean Rodriguez's throwing error,
allowing both Escobar and Bautista to score.
The Rays got one of those runs back in the home fifth on Gimenez's RBI single
to left only to see Gomes hit his second home run of the year in the sixth.
Tampa Bay, however, pushed the margin to 8-5 on Upton's solo home run to left
in the sixth.
Moore and Hutchison faced their respective opponents for the first
time...Pena's tape measure shot went an estimated 452 feet. He was in an 0-
for-18 slide before the home run...Moore allowed four runs -- two earned --
on three hits with four walks and six strikeouts.
05/23 02:48:20 ET