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Toronto at Tampa Bay

Tampa Bay
W: A. Reyes (2-2) L: J. Accardo (4-4)
HR: TOR - A. Rios (23)   TB - D. Navarro (8), D. Young (12), B. Upton (23)

Devil Rays 5, Blue Jays 4

CBSSports.com wire reports

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The Tampa Bay Devil Rays held off mathematical elimination to put a dent in Toronto's fading playoff hopes.

B.J. Upton's pinch-hit, two-run homer capped Tampa Bay's four-run rally in the ninth inning and lifted the Devil Rays to a 5-4 victory over the Blue Jays on Saturday night.

"That's the name of the game, having fun," Upton said. "Every day we get out there, we want to have fun and at the same time win. We got to do both tonight."

Tampa Bay's seventh win when trailing after eight, coupled with the New York Yankees' 11-5 victory at Kansas City, dropped the Blue Jays 7½ games back in the AL wild-card race. The Devil Rays would have been the first major league team to be mathematically eliminated if they had lost.

"It's a heartbreaker," Toronto manager John Gibbons said.

Carl Crawford opened the Devil Rays ninth by reaching on an error when shortstop John McDonald misplayed his grounder. One out later, Delmon Young hit a two-run homer off closer Jeremy Accardo (4-4), who blew his fifth save in 32 opportunities, to pull the Devil Rays to 4-3.

"That was fun," Young said. "We always know we have a chance to come back, but when they bring in their closer that's been dominant all year, you think twice about it. But C.C. did what he's supposed to do and get on base, and then we just happened to score from there."

Jonny Gomes drew a two-out walk before Upton, out of the starting lineup with a sore left ankle, hit the first pitch for the game-winning, opposite-field homer to right.

"It was just a terrible way things went down," Accardo said. "The two pitches to Young and Upton were where I wanted them, down and in the zone. Those two guys just have a lot of strength. I got out beat by a matter of feet on both. I'm not making excuses, but I've got to out there and do my job."

Al Reyes (2-2) struck out two during a perfect ninth.

A.J. Burnett allowed one run and three hits in eight innings and Alex Rios hit a two-run homer and the Blue Jays appeared headed for their ninth win in 13 games. Burnett also struck out eight and walked one.

Rios hit his 23rd homer of the season, a two-run shot off Jason Hammel to give Toronto a 2-1 lead in the sixth.

Dioner Navarro homered for Tampa Bay. The Devil Rays announced before the game that manager Joe Maddon's two-year option for the 2008 and 2009 seasons was picked up.

"It was a great ending to a very nice day," Maddon said.

Vernon Wells had an RBI single and Matt Stairs hit a sacrifice fly off reliever Grant Balfour, extending the Blue Jays' advantage to 4-1 in the seventh.

Hammel gave up two runs and five hits in six innings. He was coming off a solid outing against the New York Yankees last Sunday in which he picked up his first win as a starter -- coming in his 18th career start -- in the Devil Rays' 8-2 win.

Navarro put Tampa Bay ahead 1-0 on a second-inning homer. He has hit seven of his eight homers since the All-Star break.


Upton hit a hard foul off the ankle in the ninth inning of Friday night's game. ... Upton's homer was the third game-winning pinch-hit shot in team history, and the first since Eduardo Perez did it on April 22, 2005 against Boston. ... Stairs had two hits in three at-bats to extend his hitting streak to eight games. He is 15-for-27 over the stretch. ... The Blue Jays are 63-6 when ahead after eight innings.
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Vernon Wells, CF5011001 .253
Matt Stairs, LF3121000 .315
    Reed Johnson, LF0000000 .243
Alex Rios, RF3112100 .308
Frank Thomas, DH4010002 .268
Troy Glaus, 3B2010210 .262
Lyle Overbay, 1B4000004 .240
Aaron Hill, 2B3110111 .271
Gregg Zaun, C4110011 .241
John McDonald, SS3000011 .250
2B - Frank Thomas (26, Hammel)
HR - Alex Rios (23, Hammel)
SF - Matt Stairs (2)
SH - John McDonald (11)
RBI - Vernon Wells (78), Matt Stairs (59), Alex Rios 2 (76)
Team LOB - 6
DP - McDonald-Hill-Overbay
E - John McDonald (7, Misplayed grounder), Gregg Zaun (7, Throwing)
Toronto Blue Jays
A.J. Burnett 8311181 3.56
Jeremy Accardo (BS,5; L,4-4) 0.2241102 2.43
HBP - Pena (by A.J. Burnett)
Pitches-Strikes - A.J. Burnett 114-75, Jeremy Accardo 17-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A.J. Burnett 7-8, Jeremy Accardo 3-0
Batters Faced - A.J. Burnett 28, Jeremy Accardo 6
Tampa Bay Devil Rays
Akinori Iwamura, 3B4000030 .285
Carl Crawford, LF4110000 .314
Carlos Pena, 1B2000111 .274
Delmon Young, CF4122001 .294
Brendan Harris, 2B4000002 .283
Jonny Gomes, RF3100120 .246
Greg Norton, DH3000020 .214
   a- B.J. Upton, PH-DH1112000 .314
Dioner Navarro, C3111000 .223
Josh Wilson, SS3000000 .259
a-homered for Norton in the 9th
HR - Delmon Young (12, Accardo), B.J. Upton (23, Accardo), Dioner Navarro (8, Burnett)
RBI - Delmon Young 2 (81), B.J. Upton 2 (76), Dioner Navarro (38)
2-OUT RBI - B.J. Upton 2 (25), Dioner Navarro (13)
SB - Carl Crawford (49, 3rd base off Burnett/Zaun)
Team LOB - 3
Outfield Assists - Jonny Gomes 1
DP - Wilson-Harris-Pena
Tampa Bay Devil Rays
Jason Hammel 6522211 6.57
Grant Balfour 1322100 5.23
Gary Glover 1000110 5.29
Al Reyes (W,2-2) 1000020 4.78
Pitches-Strikes - Jason Hammel 99-62, Grant Balfour 22-14, Gary Glover 11-6, Al Reyes 14-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jason Hammel 6-10, Grant Balfour 1-2, Gary Glover 1-0
Batters Faced - Jason Hammel 24, Grant Balfour 7, Gary Glover 3, Al Reyes 3
Game Information
Attendance - 19822
Game Time - 2:44
Temperature - 72
Umpires - Home - Ron Kulpa, First Base - Paul Emmel, Second Base - Dan Iassogna, Third Base - Angel Campos