Tampa Bay at Toronto

Tampa Bay
W: J. Speier (2-0) L: S. Camp (7-4)
S: B. Ryan (33)
HR: TB - D. Young (3)   TOR - B. Molina (16), A. Hill (5)

Hill's eighth-inning blast lifts Blue Jays over Devil Rays

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports

TORONTO -- After a rough start to his season, Aaron Hill is finishing the year on a tear.

Hill hit a go-ahead homer in the eighth inning to lead the Toronto Blue Jays to a 5-3 victory over the Tampa Bay Devil Rays on Sunday.

Hill has raised his average from .197 on May 17 to .290.

"That was the toughest part of my career so far. Hopefully, it doesn't get much tougher because I was really going through some stuff the first couple of months," Hill said. "I stuck with it and worked hard. Eventually, things started falling for me."

With the game tied 3-3 and two outs in the eighth, Hill hit a two-run shot off Shawn Camp (7-4). It was Hill's sixth homer. He also gave the Blue Jays the win Friday night with a 10th inning shot.

Hill is hitting .378 over his last 10 games.

He was looking for a slider from Camp and got it.

"I guess I was lucky," he said.

Toronto manager John Gibbons said Hill deserves credit because he's had to adjust to playing both second and shortstop this season. Hill said he's more comfortable at second base and would eventually like to stick to one position.

"That's not easy to do. He's still trying to establish himself at this level to begin with," Gibbons said.

Bengie Molina homered and had three hits for the Blue Jays, who have won four straight.

Delmon Young homered for the Devil Rays, who have lost seven straight and all six games of their road trip.

Tampa Bay is 19-56 on the road, 38-38 at home.

"We're like two different teams. We're so Jekyll and Hyde it's incredible," manager Joe Maddon said. "That's going to be food for offseason though, to try and prevent that next year."

Young went 2-for-4 to extend his hitting streak to 11 games. The highly touted rookie is hitting .400.

Toronto reliever Justin Speier (2-0) pitched 1 1/3 innings for the victory. B.J. Ryan pitched a perfect ninth for his 33rd save in 37 chances.

Tampa Bay's Rocco Baldelli led off the first with a double, advanced to third on a grounder and scored on Ty Wigginton's RBI single off Gustavo Chacin.

Molina tied it at 1 with an RBI double in the second.

Young's homer gave the Devil Rays back the lead in the top of the third before Vernon Wells' sacrifice fly to right tied it. Reed Johnson just beat the catcher Shawn Riggans' tag after Young made a terrific throw.

Young singled in the sixth, advanced to second on Wigginton's walk and scored on Greg Norton's RBI single.

Molina hit his career-high 16th homer, a solo shot off Brian Stokes in sixth.


  • Young has hit safely in 16 of his 18 starts, including 10 multihit games.
  • Toronto's Adam Lind hit a ball off the wall in right in the eighth, but shortstop Ben Zobrist made a quick relay throw to get a sliding Lind at third.
  • Tampa Bay reliever Jon Switzer was hit on the left forearm by a liner in the eighth. He stayed in the game. On Saturday, Tampa Bay's Edwin Jackson left the game after being hit on the back of the head by a liner. A Blue Jays doctor examined him and said he's OK.
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Toronto's Russ Adams connects with Aaron Hill for a  high-five after Hill connects for a home run.  (AP)
Toronto's Russ Adams connects with Aaron Hill for a high-five after Hill connects for a home run. (AP)

Players of the Game

B. Molina
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 1
Tampa Bay

D. Young
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 1

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Tampa Bay Devil Rays
Rocco Baldelli, CF4110001 .308
Delmon Young, RF4221002 .400
Ty Wigginton, DH3021100 .265
Greg Norton, 1B4011022 .300
Jorge Cantu, 2B4000012 .241
Damon Hollins, LF4010010 .223
Shawn Riggans, C4000022 .250
B.J. Upton, 3B4010010 .239
Ben Zobrist, SS2000101 .229
2B - Rocco Baldelli (21, Chacin)
HR - Delmon Young (3, Chacin)
RBI - Delmon Young (10), Ty Wigginton (64), Greg Norton (37)
CS - Ty Wigginton (3, 2nd base by Speier/Molina)
Team LOB - 5
Outfield Assists - Rocco Baldelli 1
Tampa Bay Devil Rays
Brian Stokes 5722130 6.94
Juan Salas (BS,1) 1211021 5.40
Dan Miceli 1000000 4.23
Shawn Camp (L,7-4) 0.2522001 4.77
Jon Switzer 0.1100000 4.35
Pitches-Strikes - Brian Stokes 84-0, Juan Salas 27-0, Dan Miceli 9-0, Shawn Camp 19-0, Jon Switzer 7-0
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brian Stokes 5-7, Juan Salas 1-0, Dan Miceli 2-1, Jon Switzer 1-0
Batters Faced - Brian Stokes 23, Juan Salas 5, Dan Miceli 3, Shawn Camp 6, Jon Switzer 2
Toronto Blue Jays
Reed Johnson, RF-LF5130011 .322
Frank Catalanotto, LF3010101 .305
   a- Gregg Zaun, PH-C1010000 .268
Vernon Wells, CF4001005 .307
Lyle Overbay, 1B4010012 .308
Troy Glaus, 3B4010022 .252
Adam Lind, DH4120012 .436
Bengie Molina, C4132000 .288
    Alex Rios, PR-RF0100000 .292
Aaron Hill, SS4112001 .290
Russ Adams, 2B4020001 .222
a-singled for Catalanotto in the 8th
2B - Frank Catalanotto (33, Stokes), Adam Lind (8, Camp), Bengie Molina (18, Stokes), Russ Adams (12, Salas)
HR - Bengie Molina (16, Salas), Aaron Hill (5, Camp)
SF - Vernon Wells (8)
RBI - Vernon Wells (101), Bengie Molina 2 (49), Aaron Hill 2 (45)
2-OUT RBI - Aaron Hill 2 (21)
Team LOB - 10
Outfield Assists - Vernon Wells 1
DP - V. Wells-Glaus
Toronto Blue Jays
Gustavo Chacin 6.2733251 4.87
Justin Speier (W,2-0) 1.1100010 2.83
B.J. Ryan (S,33) 1000010 1.34
Pitches-Strikes - Gustavo Chacin 94-0, Justin Speier 14-0, B.J. Ryan 10-0
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Gustavo Chacin 7-7, B.J. Ryan 1-1
Batters Faced - Gustavo Chacin 28, Justin Speier 4, B.J. Ryan 3
Game Information
Attendance - 32959
Game Time - 2:43
Temperature - 68
Umpires - Home - Scott Barry, First Base - Gary Darling, Second Base - Bruce Dreckman, Third Base - Ed Hickox