Tampa Bay 9, Toronto 1

Boxscore | Recap
Wednesday, August 3, 2011 7:10 PM
Location - Tropicana Field
Temperature - Indoors
Umpires - Home Plate - Adrian Johnson, First Base - Cory Blaser, Second Base - Lance Barksdale, Third Base - Gary Cederstrom,
Attendance - 11803

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 X R H E
Toronto 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 5 1
Tampa Bay 0 4 4 0 0 0 1 0 9 12 0

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Toronto 56-54 28-26 28-28 L1
Tampa Bay 57-52 25-26 32-26 W1

Recap


Robinson Chirinos hit his first career home run and James Shields rebounded from a rough outing by pitching into the eighth inning as the Tampa Bay Rays trounced the visiting Toronto Blue Jays 9-1 on Wednesday.

With two runners on base and Tampa leading 5-1, Chirinos - a 27-year-old rookie catcher - deposited an offering from Carlos Villanueva (6-3) over the left-field wall as part of a four-run third inning. Villanueva lasted only one more batter and was torched for eight runs on nine hits in his shortest start of the season.

Chirinos finished with a career-high four RBIs as the Rays pounded out 12 hits against four Toronto pitchers.

Shields (10-9) limited Toronto to one run on three hits over 7 1/3 innings. It marked a vast improvement from his previous start, when he was roughed up for a season-high 10 runs in a one-sided loss to Oakland.

Ben Zobrist and Casey Kotchman also took Villanueva deep while Matt Joyce went 3-for-4 with two runs scored and an RBI.

J.P. Arencibia hit his 18th home run - and sixth in the past 10 games - for the Jays.

Top Game Performances

Starting Pitchers
Toronto   Tampa Bay
Carlos Villanueva Player James Shields
Loss W/L Win
2.2 IP 7.1
1 Strikeouts 6
9 Hits 3
27.00 ERA 1.23
Hitting
Toronto   Tampa Bay
J.P. Arencibia Player Matt Joyce
1 Hits 3
1 RBI 1
1 HR 0
4 TB 4
.333 Avg .750

Team Stats Summary

Team Hits HR TB Avg LOB K RBI BB SB Errors
Toronto 5 1 9 .156 11 8 1 3 0 1
Tampa Bay 12 3 24 .353 15 9 9 3 0 0

Upcoming Games

  • Tampa Bay will play their next game at home against Toronto. The Rays have a W/L % of .474 after a win and .577 after a loss.
  • Toronto will play their next game on the road against Tampa Bay. The Blue Jays have a W/L % of .500 after a win and .519 after a loss.
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