Tampa Bay 4, Toronto 1

Boxscore | Recap
Tuesday, August 7, 2012 7:10 PM
Location - Tropicana Field
Temperature - Indoors
Umpires - Home Plate - Gary Cederstrom, First Base - Lance Barksdale, Second Base - Adrian Johnson, Third Base - Fieldin Culbreth,
Attendance - 13823

Final Scoring Summary

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

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Toronto 53-56 28-23 25-33 L1
Tampa Bay 57-52 30-27 27-25 W1

Recap


Rays 4, Blue Jays 1: James Shields threw eight sensational innings as host Tampa Bay welcomed back Evan Longoria with a victory over Toronto.

Shields (10-7) made Longoria's return a triumphant one, following up a complete-game three-hit shutout against Oakland with another dominant performance against Toronto. The hard-throwing right-hander limited the visitors to a pair of hits while walking one and striking out six.

Fernando Rodney worked around a one-out single in the ninth to secure his 33rd save, tying him with Baltimore's Jim Johnson for the major-league lead.

Longoria, who has been out since suffering a partial tear of his left hamstring April 30, went 1-for-3 with an RBI while batting out of the cleanup spot.

Tampa Bay opened the scoring in the second on a Sean Rodriguez run-scoring single to right - ending the club's scoreless streak at 22 innings - and extended the lead in the third. After loading the bases with none out against Jays starter J.A. Happ (0-1), the Rays quickly made it 3-0 on back-to-back RBI sacrifice flies from Longoria and Jeff Keppinger.

Colby Rasmus cut into the deficit leading off the fourth, belting a solo shot 10 rows deep into the right-field seats for his 20th home run of the campaign.

Tampa restored its three-run edge in the fifth as Desmond Jennings hit a leadoff double and came around to score on a Ben Zobrist double to left that chased Happ. The Toronto left-hander, making his first start with the Blue Jays since being acquired from Houston last month, was tagged for four runs on seven hits over 4 1/3 innings.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Tampa Bay's third-inning outburst marked its first multi-run frame since it scored twice in the ninth inning of an 8-0 win over Oakland on July 31. The Rays went 39 innings without recording more than one run. ... Blue Jays 3B Adeiny Hechavarria recorded his first career major-league hit, lining a single up the middle with two outs in the third. ... Toronto RHP Chad Jenkins threw three innings of scoreless relief in his major-league debut. He's the 31st different pitcher the Blue Jays have used this season, a new franchise high.

Top Game Performances

Starting Pitchers
Toronto   Tampa Bay
J.A. Happ Player James Shields
Loss W/L Win
4.1 IP 8.0
5 Strikeouts 6
7 Hits 2
8.31 ERA 1.12
Hitting
Toronto   Tampa Bay
Colby Rasmus Player Desmond Jennings
2 Hits 2
1 RBI 0
1 HR 0
5 TB 3
.667 Avg .667

Team Stats Summary

Team Hits HR TB Avg LOB K RBI BB SB Errors
Toronto 3 1 6 .103 6 7 1 1 0 0
Tampa Bay 9 0 14 .300 11 8 4 1 0 0

Upcoming Games

  • Tampa Bay will play their next game at home against Toronto. The Rays have a W/L % of .526 after a win and .519 after a loss.
  • Toronto will play their next game on the road against Tampa Bay. The Blue Jays have a W/L % of .556 after a win and .418 after a loss.