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Toronto at Tampa Bay

Tampa Bay
W: C. Janssen (4-3) L: S. McClung (2-7)
HR: TOR - R. Johnson (2), S. Hillenbrand (8), R. Johnson (3)   TB - R. Branyan (6)

Johnson's two homers lead Blue Jays to blowout win

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Reed Johnson started and ended his night in grand fashion.

Johnson homered twice, including a three-run shot to cap Toronto's nine-run ninth inning, and the Blue Jays beat the Tampa Bay Devil Rays 13-4 on Friday night.

"You look at the score, you don't think it was a close game," Johnson said. "We battled basically all the way to the end of the game."

Johnson, who came in with just one home run this season, had his second career multihomer game. He was inserted into the lineup because Vernon Wells sat out with a shoulder injury.

"For us to be able to get a win and get Vern another day off and hopefully get him back in the lineup tomorrow, that's good for us," Johnson said.

Wells missed his second straight game because of left shoulder inflammation. He took batting practice and could return Saturday.

Frank Catalanotto had an RBI triple to start the outburst, and Aaron Hill added a two-run single to help Toronto stretch its lead to 13-3.

Johnson hit a leadoff homer in the first and Shea Hillenbrand had a solo shot one inning later as the Blue Jays took a 2-1 lead. Hillenbrand had an RBI double and Gregg Zaun a sacrifice fly to put Toronto ahead 4-1 in the sixth.

Casey Janssen (4-3) gave three runs and three hits over 5 1/3 innings.

"It was a weird one," Janssen said. "We got the leadoff guy on (in the ninth) and it kept going from there. I loved getting the runs during a tight game. That was unbelieveable ninth inning."

Russell Branyan homered for Tampa Bay, which has lost nine of 11. Seth McClung (2-7) allowed four runs and five hits in five-plus innings. He lost three consecutive starts, giving up 14 runs over 17 innings.

"We had played a good game up til the ninth inning," Devil Rays manager Joe Maddon said. "We just imploded."

Tampa Bay pitchers threw 70 pitches in the ninth, giving up seven hits and four walks. The Devil Rays bullpen allowed nine runs and 10 hits overall in four innings.

"Those guys can hit," Maddon said.

Branyan stopped an 0-for-12 slump and got the Devil Rays within 4-3 on a two-run homer in the bottom of the sixth. He has four homers in his last eight games.

Devil Rays left fielder Carl Crawford was out of the lineup with a sore left knee, but hoped to play Saturday. Crawford injured his knee Thursday night when he was thrown out at the plate while attempting to complete an inside-the-park homer.

"We dodged a bullet there," Devil Rays executive vice president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman said.

The announced crowd was 9,463. Five of the last 12 meetings between the teams at Tropicana Field has seen announced attendance under 10,000.


  • Friedman said 2B Jorge Cantu (broken bone in left foot) should return Monday or Tuesday.
  • OF Rocco Baldelli (left hamstring strain) may be back in seven to 10 days.
  • Johnson's homer was his first leadoff shot this season and fifth overall.
  • Johnson's other multi-homer game was on June 15, 2003 against the Chicago Cubs.
  • The Blue Jays' nine runs in the ninth was the 21st time the Devil Rays have allowed four or more runs in an inning.
  • Every Blue Jays' batter reached base in the ninth and at least twice in the game.
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Players of the Game

R. Johnson
AB 6
R 3
H 3
HR 2
Tampa Bay

R. Branyan
AB 3
R 2
H 1
HR 1

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Game Information
Attendance - 9463
Game Time - 3:37
Temperature - 72
Umpires - Home - Larry Poncino, First Base - Bruce Dreckman, Second Base - Mark Wegner, Third Base - Gary Darling