St. Petersburg, FL (Sports Network) - Evan Longoria homered and drove in three
runs during a three-hit night, and Kelly Johnson went 3-for-4 with a two-run
blast to power the Tampa Bay Rays over the Toronto Blue Jays, 10-4, in the
third installment of a four-game series at Tropicana Field.
Matt Moore (6-0) didn't have his best stuff, allowing two runs on six hits and
four walks over five innings, but it was enough to stay undefeated as the Rays
backed him with 13 hits.
Luke Scott and James Loney each added a pair of RBI, while Ben Zobrist reached
base four times, scored three runs and knocked in another for the victors.
Toronto had its three-game win streak snapped, but the club received good news
earlier Wednesday when it was announced J.A. Happ was "doing well" after being
released from the hospital. Happ was carried off the field on a stretcher
Tuesday when he was struck by a line drive and sustained a head contusion.
The Blue Jays actually jumped out to an early lead on Edwin Encarnacion's two-
run homer to straightaway center in the first, but the embattled Ricky Romero
(0-2) recorded just one out in the bottom half before getting the quick hook.
Romero, an All-Star in 2011, started the year in the minor leagues following a
disappointing campaign last season, and in his second start the left-hander
continued his downward spiral. Two walks and a single loaded the bases, and
Longoria, Loney and Scott all plated runs with base hits.
Edgar Gonzalez relieved Romero after Scott's single and retired the next two
hitters to keep it a 3-2 game, but Johnson doubled off the middle
reliever in the second and scored on Zobrist's single for a two-run lead.
Coming in, the Rays had lost 13 games in which they held a lead, including the
first two of the series, but they tacked on enough runs in this one to win
Gonzalez, recalled from Triple-A Buffalo to take Happ's place on the roster,
was still in the game when Longoria took him deep down the left-field line in
the fourth for a two-run homer and a 6-2 cushion.
After Moore struck out Mark DeRosa to leave the bases loaded in the fifth,
Johnson ended Gonzalez's extended relief stint with a two-run moonshot into
the right-field seats in the sixth. The Rays pushed two more across in the
frame via Loney's run-scoring double and Scott's sacrifice fly.
Encarnacion's sac fly and DeRosa's RBI single in the seventh accounted for the
Joe Maddon, who picked up win No. 600 as Tampa Bay's manager, was ejected in
the sixth inning by home plate umpire Scott Barry for arguing a foul ball call
... Romero has lost 15 of his last 16 decisions ... Gonzalez lasted 4 2/3
innings and was charged with five runs on six hits ... Toronto went 1-for-10
with runners in scoring position ... The Jays can still win their first road
series against Tampa Bay since April 2007 when R.A. Dickey faces David Price
in Thursday's finale.
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