Toronto 2, Tampa Bay 0

Boxscore | Recap
Thursday, August 30, 2012 7:07 PM
Location - Rogers Centre
Temperature - 77°
Umpires - Home Plate - Jim Reynolds, First Base - James Hoye, Second Base - Jim Joyce, Third Base - Lance Barrett,
Attendance - 22711

Final Scoring Summary

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

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Tampa Bay 71-60 35-30 36-30 L1
Toronto 59-71 32-30 27-41 W2

Recap

Blue Jays 2, Rays 0: Kelly Johnson provided all the offense with a two-run double in the first inning and Carlos Villanueva and three Toronto relievers took care of the rest, as the Blue Jays claimed the opener of their four-game series with visiting Tampa Bay. 

Villanueva (7-4) breezed through six innings, allowing five hits and striking out seven. He snapped a string of four straight losses dating to July 27. Darren Oliver and Brad Lincoln each worked a perfect frame before Casey Janssen pitched a 1-2-3 ninth for his 18th save.

The Blue Jays won for just the eighth time in 30 games, while the Rays have lost five of six and sit 1 1/2 games out of the last wild-card spot. 

A pair of walks and a single - all with two outs - loaded the bases in the first inning for Johnson, who ripped a 1-0 fastball into the right-field corner for a 2-0 lead. 

Matt Moore (10-8) matched Villanueva after the rocky first, making it through six innings and giving up two runs on six hits with seven strikeouts. The loss snapped a streak of four straight wins for Moore, dating to a loss to Seattle on July 22. 

Johnson and Yunel Escobar each had two hits for the Blue Jays. 

GAME NOTEBOOK: The Rays have been shut out nine times this season. … Villanueva tied a club record by striking out six straight batters spanning the third through fifth innings. He has struck out at least six batters in seven of his 11 starts this season. … Johnson has back-to-back multi-hit games for the first time since June 15-16. 

Top Game Performances

Starting Pitchers
Tampa Bay   Toronto
Matt Moore Player Carlos Villanueva
Loss W/L Win
6.0 IP 6.0
7 Strikeouts 7
6 Hits 5
3.00 ERA 0.00
Hitting
Tampa Bay   Toronto
Matt Joyce Player Kelly Johnson
1 Hits 3
0 RBI 2
0 HR 0
1 TB 4
.500 Avg .750

Team Stats Summary

Team Hits HR TB Avg LOB K RBI BB SB Errors
Tampa Bay 5 0 5 .172 10 11 0 1 0 0
Toronto 8 0 9 .258 9 10 2 4 0 0

Upcoming Games

  • Toronto will play their next game at home against Tampa Bay. The Blue Jays have a W/L % of .542 after a win and .380 after a loss.
  • Tampa Bay will play their next game on the road against Toronto. The Rays have a W/L % of .569 after a win and .508 after a loss.