Tampa Bay at Toronto

Tampa Bay (65-95)000030100481
Toronto (82-78) «00011300x591

Blue Jays 5, Devil Rays 4

CBSSports.com wire reports

TORONTO -- With his latest strong start, Dustin McGowan drew comparisons to a Cy Young award-winning teammate.

McGowan struck out six batters in six innings, Adam Lind hit a two-run homer and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Tampa Bay Devil Rays 5-4 Friday night.

Carlos Pena hit his 45th home run and Jorge Velandia had a two-run homer for Tampa Bay. Pena has hit a team-record 12 homers in September.

The Blue Jays have won four of five. Tampa Bay has lost eight of 10.

McGowan (12-10) beat Tampa Bay for the second time this month, drawing praise from Devil Rays manager Joe Maddon.

"That guy is good," Maddon said. "That guy is really good. "He's the clone of (Roy Halladay). For years to come, that's a nice combination they've got working out there."

McGowan, who gave up four runs -- three earned -- in six-plus innings, said he'll spend the winter working on his endurance.

"I want to be one of those 200-inning guys," said McGowan, a third-year right-hander. "Towards the end of the season I felt pretty worn down so that's my goal, to get bigger and stronger."

Catcher Gregg Zaun said McGowan's composure has been the biggest key to his success.

"When things start to go wrong for him, he doesn't start to panic or lose it completely," Zaun said. "He's able to make some pitches and get out of innings, limit the damage.

"We've always known he's had tremendous stuff," Zaun added. "We were just waiting for him to mature a bit a get comfortable in his own skin."

Scott Downs relieved McGowan with two runners on and gave up an infield single to Akinori Iwamura and an RBI grounder to Velandia.

Downs struck out Pena and Greg Norton to end the seventh. Jason Frasor worked a perfect eighth and Jeremy Accardo closed it out in the ninth for his 30th save in 35 opportunities.

Toronto took a 1-0 lead in the fourth when Alex Rios led off with a double and Frank Thomas singled off the glove of Andy Sonnanstine (6-10). Sonnanstine scrambled after the ball, but his throw sailed over the head of Pena at first.

Velandia and Pena hit consecutive home runs in the fifth for a 3-1 lead. It was the ninth time this season that Tampa Bay has hit back-to-back homers.

Matt Stairs hit a solo homer in the fifth, and Toronto reclaimed the lead in the sixth when Thomas and Aaron Hill doubled. Lefty Jon Switzer relieved to face the left-handed hitting Lind, who homered on the first pitch.

"I felt good about Switz coming in there," Maddon said. "I liked him on Lind, then Zaun, and then I was going to bring in (Scott) Dohmann on (Hector) Luna. It was all right there for us but they foiled it."

Switzer said Lind connected on a hanging slider.

"It was just a bad pitch," Swizter said. "He got it and did what you're supposed to do."

Sonnanstine lost for the first time in eight starts, allowing four runs and six hits in five-plus innings. He struck out four, hit two batters and his lone walk was intentional.

"The thing with me this year is the first time through the lineup I'm cruising," Sonnanstine said. "The next time through I need to mix it up or do something different because that's really where I'm getting hurt."


Hill extended his hitting streak to a career-high 14 games. ... Pena had two hits and a walk.

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Tampa Bay

J. Velandia
AB 5
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H 2
HR 1

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HR 1

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Tampa Bay Devil Rays
Akinori Iwamura, DH5020012 .284
Jorge Velandia, 2B5123002 .349
Carlos Pena, 1B3121112 .280
Greg Norton, LF4000026 .241
Delmon Young, RF4000032 .289
Raul Casanova, C4000010 .219
Joel Guzman, 3B4000010 .276
Justin Ruggiano, CF3100110 .167
Josh Wilson, SS3120001 .238
   a- B.J. Upton, PH1000010 .302
a-struck out for Wilson in the 9th
2B - Josh Wilson (15, McGowan)
HR - Jorge Velandia (2, McGowan), Carlos Pena (45, McGowan)
RBI - Jorge Velandia 3 (11), Carlos Pena (120)
2-OUT RBI - Jorge Velandia 2 (10), Carlos Pena (50)
Team LOB - 7
DP - Pena-Wilson-Sonnanstine, Casanova-Wilson-Pena
E - Andy Sonnanstine (2, Throwing)
Tampa Bay Devil Rays
Andy Sonnanstine (L,6-10) 5644141 5.85
Jon Switzer 0.1111001 8.50
Scott Dohmann 1.2100040 3.06
Dan Wheeler 1100100 5.38
IBB - Zaun by Andy Sonnanstine, Zaun by Dan Wheeler
HBP - Luna (by Andy Sonnanstine), Johnson (by Andy Sonnanstine)
Pitches-Strikes - Andy Sonnanstine 82-57, Jon Switzer 5-3, Scott Dohmann 29-22, Dan Wheeler 18-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Andy Sonnanstine 6-4, Jon Switzer 1-0, Dan Wheeler 3-0
Batters Faced - Andy Sonnanstine 23, Jon Switzer 2, Scott Dohmann 5, Dan Wheeler 5
Toronto Blue Jays
Reed Johnson, RF3010010 .238
Matt Stairs, 1B4121011 .290
Alex Rios, CF4110011 .296
Frank Thomas, DH3120011 .278
   a- John-Ford Griffin, PH-DH1000000 .333
Aaron Hill, 2B4121001 .291
Adam Lind, LF4112011 .238
Gregg Zaun, C2000210 .242
Hector Luna, 3B3000014 .200
John McDonald, SS3000010 .251
    Ray Olmedo, SS0000000 .217
a-grounded out for Thomas in the 8th
2B - Matt Stairs (28, Sonnanstine), Alex Rios (43, Sonnanstine), Frank Thomas (30, Sonnanstine), Aaron Hill (47, Sonnanstine)
HR - Matt Stairs (21, Sonnanstine), Adam Lind (10, Switzer)
RBI - Matt Stairs (64), Aaron Hill (77), Adam Lind 2 (41)
2-OUT RBI - Matt Stairs (25)
CS - Reed Johnson (2, 2nd base by Dohmann/Casanova)
Team LOB - 6
E - Hector Luna (2, Misplayed grounder)
Toronto Blue Jays
Dustin McGowan (W,12-10) 6643262 4.08
Scott Downs (H,24) 1100020 2.20
Jason Frasor (H,4) 1000010 4.61
Jeremy Accardo (S,30) 1100020 2.14
IBB - Pena by Dustin McGowan
Pitches-Strikes - Dustin McGowan 93-58, Scott Downs 15-9, Jason Frasor 16-11, Jeremy Accardo 16-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Dustin McGowan 8-5, Scott Downs 1-0, Jason Frasor 1-1, Jeremy Accardo 1-0
Batters Faced - Dustin McGowan 27, Scott Downs 4, Jason Frasor 3, Jeremy Accardo 4
Game Information
Attendance - 34670
Game Time - 2:41
Temperature - 68
Umpires - Home - Jerry Meals, First Base - Adam Dowdy, Second Base - James Hoye, Third Base - Larry Poncino