Toronto 6, Tampa Bay 2

Boxscore | Recap
Monday, May 21, 2012 7:10 PM
Location - Tropicana Field
Temperature - Indoors
Umpires - Home Plate - Joe West, First Base - Sam Holbrook, Second Base - Andy Fletcher, Third Base - Rob Drake,
Attendance - 10844

Final Scoring Summary

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

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Toronto 24-19 12-10 12-9 W1
Tampa Bay 25-18 15-7 10-11 L2

Recap

Blue Jays 6, Rays 2: Yunel Escobar belted a solo home run in the sixth inning to snap a tie and lead Toronto to victory in the opener of the three-game series.

Escobar and Colby Rasmus each had two hits and scored twice for the Blue Jays, who have won five of six.

With one out, Escobar drilled Jeremy Hellickson's first offering over the wall in left-center field for his second homer of the season and a 3-2 lead.

Toronto added three runs in the eighth to seal the win for Kyle Drabek (4-4), who allowed two runs and three hits in six innings. The right-hander struggled with his control, however, issuing a season high-tying six walks.

B.J. Upton gave the Rays a 1-0 lead in the first inning, but not without the help of video replay. Upton had a double changed to a home run as his fly ball hit a catwalk high above the playing field.

Hellickson (4-1) suffered his first loss in three career decisions against the Blue Jays, yielding five runs - two earned - and eight hits over 7 1/3 innings.

Will Rhymes recorded two of the five hits by Tampa Bay, which has lost four of five.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Drabek has issued four or more walks in each of his last four starts. He uncorked three wild pitches, all in the third inning, to raise his season total to seven. Henry Rodriguez of Washington began the day leading the major leagues with six wild pitches. ... Hellickson has allowed two earned runs or less in seven of his nine starts this year. ... Rays C Jose Molina, who left Sunday's game after being hit hard in the mask with a ball, was back in the lineup and went 0-for-2 with two walks. ... Tampa Bay is 4-2 against Toronto this season.

Top Game Performances

Starting Pitchers
Toronto   Tampa Bay
Kyle Drabek Player Jeremy Hellickson
Win W/L Loss
6.0 IP 7.1
3 Strikeouts 3
3 Hits 8
3.00 ERA 2.45
Hitting
Toronto   Tampa Bay
Yunel Escobar Player Will Rhymes
2 Hits 2
1 RBI 0
1 HR 0
5 TB 2
.500 Avg .500

Team Stats Summary

Team Hits HR TB Avg LOB K RBI BB SB Errors
Toronto 8 1 13 .242 12 5 5 1 0 1
Tampa Bay 5 1 8 .161 17 7 2 6 0 3

Upcoming Games

  • Tampa Bay will play their next game at home against Toronto. The Rays have a W/L % of .654 after a win and .471 after a loss.
  • Toronto will play their next game on the road against Tampa Bay. The Blue Jays have a W/L % of .625 after a win and .474 after a loss.
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