Toronto at Tampa Bay

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Toronto (48-50) «0120303009113
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Blue Jays 9, Rays 4

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Toronto turned key hits into a rare road victory.

Alex Rios and Marco Scutaro homered and the Blue Jays avoided a three-game sweep with a 9-4 victory over the AL East-leading Tampa Bay Rays on Sunday.

Scutaro hit a three-run homer off Edwin Jackson (5-7) during the fifth to put the Blue Jays ahead 6-4. Rios had a two-run homer in the third and added a run-scoring double during a three-run seventh that extended Toronto's lead to 9-4.

"It was one of those days where you could relax a little bit," Toronto manager Cito Gaston said. "We had a couple guys get some big hits and that's what we have to do win. Rios had a great day. Scutaro got us going."

Reliever Shawn Camp (3-1) threw 1 2/3 scoreless innings for the win. The Blue Jays won for just the fourth time in their last 17 road games.

Evan Longoria and Carlos Pena had back-to-back homers for the Rays, who dropped to 38-15 at home this season. Tampa Bay took two of three in the weekend series, but has lost eight of 10 overall.

"Two out of three ain't bad," Rays manager Joe Maddon said. "We did not pitch like we normally do today, and that's why they beat us."

Carl Crawford hit an RBI grounder before Longoria and Pena launched home runs against John Parrish to give the Rays a 4-3 lead in third. Longoria, who fouled two balls off his left ankle before hitting a grand slam off Toronto ace Roy Halladay Saturday, was the designated hitter instead of at third base.

The Blue Jays went up 3-1 on Rios' two-run homer in the top of third. Rios has two hits -- both homers -- in 17 at-bats against Jackson.

Rios hadn't homered in his previous 71 at-bats, dating back to June 24. He finished 3-for-5 with two doubles.

"It's great," said Rios, who has five homers this season. "I don't have a bunch, but when I get one they're good."

Adam Lind had a run-scoring single to give Toronto a 1-0 lead in the second, and also hit a seventh-inning sacrifice fly. He has 19 RBI in 20 games since being recalled from Triple-A Syracuse on June 21.

Parrish allowed four runs and four hits in three innings.

"I really didn't think he had his good stuff," Gaston said. "Physically he's OK. Location wasn't there."

Jackson went 4 1/3 innings, giving up six runs and eight hits.

"It's a game of mistakes and today they made me pay," Jackson said. "It was one of those days where it wasn't my day."

Tampa Bay activated closer Troy Percival (strained left hamstring) from the 15-day disabled list before the game, and he allowed one hit and hit a batter during a scoreless ninth.

"I didn't feel any problems," Percival said. "My mechanics were a little bit off. I'm still able to throw my fastball where I wanted it. I needed to see some hitters in a live situation, and now I feel confident that I can go out there and do what I need to do."

Notes

Tampa Bay went 0-for-8 with runners in scoring position. Over the last 10 games, the Rays are 8-for-74 in those situations. ... Gaston would not name Rod Barajas as the starting catcher over Zaun, but said Barajas would "do a little bit more of the catching." ... The Rays put reliever Gary Glover (strained left calf) on the 15-day disabled list. ... Gaston has been impressed by the defensive play of Toronto 3B Scott Rolen. "Probably the best third baseman I've ever seen," Gaston said. ... Longoria has 18 homers this season. The only AL rookie to have more on July 20 in the last 20 years was Angels' slugger Tim Salmon, who had 20 in 1993.
 
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Toronto

A. Rios
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R 2
H 3
HR 1
RBI 3
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M. Scutaro
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R 2
H 1
HR 1
RBI 3
 

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Toronto Blue Jays
Joe Inglett, RF4220102 .299
Marco Scutaro, 2B4213112 .260
Alex Rios, CF5233000 .285
Matt Stairs, DH3000011 .247
   a- Kevin Mench, PH-DH1100110 .224
Lyle Overbay, 1B3110101 .273
Scott Rolen, 3B3021200 .268
Adam Lind, LF4012002 .273
    Brad Wilkerson, LF0000000 .225
Gregg Zaun, C4000105 .238
John McDonald, SS3110003 .190
Totals34911973  
a-was walked intentionally for Stairs in the 7th
Batting
2B - Alex Rios 2 (26, Jackson, Hammel), Scott Rolen (21, Hammel)
HR - Marco Scutaro (4, Jackson), Alex Rios (5, Jackson)
SF - Adam Lind (2)
SH - John McDonald (3)
RBI - Marco Scutaro 3 (36), Alex Rios 3 (42), Scott Rolen (29), Adam Lind 2 (19)
2-OUT RBI - Alex Rios 2 (12)
SB - Joe Inglett (4, 2nd base off Jackson/Riggans), Alex Rios (24, 3rd base off Hammel/Riggans)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Alex Rios 1
DP - Rios-Zaun
E - John McDonald (4, Throwing), John Parrish (1, Throwing), Gregg Zaun (5, Throwing)
Toronto Blue Jays
John Parrish 3444222 4.50
Shawn Camp (W,3-1) 1.2100200 3.42
Brian Tallet (H,5) 0.1000000 3.11
Jason Frasor (H,4) 0.2100020 3.72
Jesse Carlson (H,12) 1.1000010 1.95
Brian Wolfe 1000010 3.00
B.J. Ryan 1000010 2.76
WP - John Parrish 2 (2), Jason Frasor (4)
Pitches-Strikes - John Parrish 67-38, Shawn Camp 19-6, Brian Tallet 7-5, Jason Frasor 11-7, Jesse Carlson 15-12, Brian Wolfe 9-6, B.J. Ryan 15-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - John Parrish 3-4, Shawn Camp 3-1
Batters Faced - John Parrish 15, Shawn Camp 7, Brian Tallet 1, Jason Frasor 3, Jesse Carlson 4, Brian Wolfe 3, B.J. Ryan 3
Tampa Bay Rays
Akinori Iwamura, 2B4010010 .274
B.J. Upton, CF3100100 .271
Carl Crawford, LF4011011 .270
Evan Longoria, DH3111101 .272
Carlos Pena, 1B4111012 .234
Willy Aybar, 3B4010000 .241
Shawn Riggans, C3100111 .259
Jonny Gomes, RF3010121 .189
Ben Zobrist, SS4000013 .222
Totals3246347  
Batting
2B - Carl Crawford (9, Camp), Jonny Gomes (4, Parrish)
HR - Evan Longoria (18, Parrish), Carlos Pena (15, Parrish)
RBI - Carl Crawford (48), Evan Longoria (58), Carlos Pena (49)
2-OUT RBI - Evan Longoria (16), Carlos Pena (13)
SB - B.J. Upton (28, 2nd base off Parrish/Zaun), Jonny Gomes (7, 3rd base off Camp/Zaun)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Iwamura-Zobrist-Pena, Iwamura-Zobrist-Pena
Tampa Bay Rays
Edwin Jackson (L,5-7) 4.1866212 4.25
Jason Hammel 1.2222210 4.64
Trever Miller 0.1011300 4.32
Al Reyes 1.2000000 4.58
Troy Percival 1100010 3.41
IBB - Mench by Trever Miller
HBP - Overbay (by Troy Percival)
WP - Jason Hammel (5)
Pitches-Strikes - Edwin Jackson 86-54, Jason Hammel 30-17, Trever Miller 20-6, Al Reyes 15-10, Troy Percival 17-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Edwin Jackson 5-5, Jason Hammel 3-1, Al Reyes 2-3, Troy Percival 2-0
Batters Faced - Edwin Jackson 21, Jason Hammel 9, Trever Miller 4, Al Reyes 5, Troy Percival 5
Game Information
Attendance - 21037
Game Time - 3:20
Temperature - 72
Umpires - Home - Damien Beal, First Base - Mike Everitt, Second Base - Tim McClelland, Third Base - Mike DiMuro