Tampa Bay 12, Toronto 1

Boxscore | Recap
Friday, September 21, 2012 7:10 PM
Location - Tropicana Field
Temperature - Indoors
Umpires - Home Plate - Tony Randazzo, First Base - Todd Tichenor, Second Base - Bob Davidson, Third Base - Brian Gorman,
Attendance - 14187

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 X R H E
Toronto 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 9 0
Tampa Bay 1 4 2 1 0 4 0 0 12 16 0

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Toronto 66-83 36-38 30-45 L4
Tampa Bay 81-70 42-34 39-36 W3

Recap

Rays 12, Blue Jays 1: Ben Zobrist and Jose Molina homered in support of James Shields, who tossed seven shutout innings to help Tampa Bay rout visiting Toronto in the opener of a three-game series. 

Luke Scott laced a pair of two-run doubles and Carlos Pena added a two-run triple for the Rays, who kept pace in the American League wild-card race. Tampa Bay pulled within 4 1/2 games of Oakland for the second wild-card spot after the Athletics dropped a 2-1 decision in 10 innings to the New York Yankees on Friday.

Shields (15-9) struck out nine and walked one, allowing six hits. He was staked to an early lead thanks to Zobrist's two-out homer in the first and a four-run second, which was capped by Molina's career-best seventh home run. 

The Rays rocked starter Carlos Villanueva (7-6) for seven runs on eight hits in 2 1/3 innings. 

Tampa Bay has won 12 of 16 meetings this season, including six straight at Tropicana Field. 

GAME NOTEBOOK: With Shields' third strikeout of the game, the Rays broke the 2001 Yankees' American League record for strikeouts in a season. The previous record was 1,266. The 2003 Cubs hold the major-league mark with 1,404. … Shields has 202 strikeouts, making him the first player in Rays' history with back-to-back seasons of 200 or more. … Blue Jays SS Yunel Escobar was held out of the lineup despite being eligible to return from his three-game suspension for having a homophobic slur written in his eye black during Sunday's game. 

Top Game Performances

Starting Pitchers
Toronto   Tampa Bay
Carlos Villanueva Player James Shields
Loss W/L Win
2.1 IP 7.0
0 Strikeouts 9
8 Hits 6
27.00 ERA 0.00
Hitting
Toronto   Tampa Bay
Colby Rasmus Player Jeff Keppinger
2 Hits 3
0 RBI 1
0 HR 0
2 TB 3
.500 Avg 1.000

Team Stats Summary

Team Hits HR TB Avg LOB K RBI BB SB Errors
Toronto 9 0 10 .257 18 11 1 1 0 0
Tampa Bay 16 2 30 .410 17 5 12 5 0 0

Upcoming Games

  • Tampa Bay will play their next game at home against Toronto. The Rays have a W/L % of .568 after a win and .500 after a loss.
  • Toronto will play their next game on the road against Tampa Bay. The Blue Jays have a W/L % of .537 after a win and .366 after a loss.