Toronto 2, Tampa Bay 1

Boxscore | Recap
Friday, August 31, 2012 7:07 PM
Location - Rogers Centre
Temperature - 88°
Umpires - Home Plate - James Hoye, First Base - Jordan Baker, Second Base - Lance Barrett, Third Base - Jim Reynolds,
Attendance - 20158

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 X R H E
Tampa Bay 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 10 0
Toronto 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 2 4 0

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Tampa Bay 71-61 35-30 36-31 L2
Toronto 60-71 33-30 27-41 W3

Recap

Blue Jays 2, Rays 1: Moises Sierra and Edwin Encarnacion homered in support of Brandon Morrow, and Toronto cut down the tying run at the plate in the ninth to beat visiting Tampa Bay for the second straight night. 

Morrow (8-5) was solid in his second start since ending a two-month stint on the disabled list. He struck out five and allowed one run on eight hits over 6 2/3 innings. Steve Delabar struck out three in 1 1/3 perfect innings of relief and Casey Janssen got some help from his defense in the ninth for his 19th save. 

With Elliot Johnson at second and two outs, Carlos Pena lined a single to right, but Sierra came up throwing and gunned out Johnson at the plate to end the game. 

Desmond Jennings' solo homer in the third provided the only offense for the Rays, who have lost six of seven to fall 2 1/2 games behind Baltimore for the final wild-card spot from the American League.

Sierra answered with his third homer in the bottom of the third to tie it at 1, and Encarnacion crushed a shot into the second deck in left-center - his 35th - to give the Blue Jays the lead. 

Jeremy Hellickson (8-10) was the tough-luck losing pitcher, allowing two runs on four hits over six innings. 

GAME NOTEBOOK: The Blue Jays have won three straight for the first time since July 26-28. They had lost 22 of their previous 28. … The Rays have lost 11 of their last 12 one-run games, and they have 11 losses in which they have allowed two or fewer runs, the most in the majors. … The Rays acquired OF Ben Francisco from Houston for a player to be named later. … Toronto's Yunel Escobar and Tampa Bay's Ben Zobrist each had their hitting streaks stopped at eight games. 

Top Game Performances

Starting Pitchers
Tampa Bay   Toronto
Jeremy Hellickson Player Brandon Morrow
Loss W/L Win
6.0 IP 6.2
2 Strikeouts 5
4 Hits 8
3.00 ERA 1.35
Hitting
Tampa Bay   Toronto
Jeff Keppinger Player Edwin Encarnacion
3 Hits 2
0 RBI 1
0 HR 1
4 TB 5
.750 Avg .667

Team Stats Summary

Team Hits HR TB Avg LOB K RBI BB SB Errors
Tampa Bay 10 1 16 .286 14 9 1 1 0 0
Toronto 4 2 10 .154 5 3 2 1 0 0

Upcoming Games

  • Toronto will play their next game at home against Tampa Bay. The Blue Jays have a W/L % of .550 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 .500 after a loss.