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Garza dominates Jays, strikes out 10 to lift Rays

CBSSports.com wire reports
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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- It shouldn't come as a surprise that Matt Garza stopped a slump against Toronto.

Garza struck out 10 while ending a personal nine-game winless streak and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Blue Jays 4-0 on Saturday night.

"He always pitches great against us," Toronto manager Cito Gaston said. "We haven't beat him too many times."

Garza (8-10) allowed three hits over 7 1/3 innings in winning for the first time since beating Blue Jays ace Roy Halladay 4-2 on July 24. The right-hander is 3-5 -- with all three victories coming against Toronto -- over his past 15 starts.

"My record doesn't matter as long as we win," Garza said. "The last couple starts I've been on a roll."

Since joining the Rays last year, Garza is 6-2 against the Blue Jays. The right-hander is 3-0 this season when facing Toronto.

"He had movement on his pitches," Tampa Bay catcher Dioner Navarro said. "When he fell behind, he made pitches."

Toronto rookie Ricky Romero (12-9) lost for the fourth time in five starts, giving up four runs and seven hits in six innings.

"Just one bad inning," Gaston said. "After that he pitched well."

The Blue Jays are 4-13 against Tampa Bay this season.

"When you have streaks like that against teams, you try not to ask too many questions," Tampa Bay left fielder Carl Crawford said. "You just try to keep the streak going."

The Rays scored four times in the first. Jason Bartlett walked and Carl Crawford, who stole second base in the eighth inning Friday night with Tampa Bay ahead 9-4, was hit on the right elbow by a Romero pitch.

"He wasn't throwing at him," Gaston said.

Crawford agreed.

"I just think it got away from him," Crawford said. "I don't think he was trying to hit me on purpose."

Evan Longoria then singled in Bartlett to give him 108 RBI on the year. Ben Zobrist, Willy Aybar and Gabe Kapler also singled in a run before Romero struck out Navarro and Akinori Iwamura to end the inning.

Garza, who walked six, worked out of jams in the first and third to help Tampa Bay win for the fourth time in six games, including three in a row, following an 11-game skid. Russ Springer, Randy Choate and Dan Wheeler combined to finish the three-hitter.

"I'm really happy with the way the boys are playing," Rays manager Joe Maddon said. "There's a lot of energy and fight."

Navarro was briefly stunned, but remained in the game after being hit in the head by Adam Lind's back swing in the third.

Notes

  • Rays 1B Carlos Pena (two broken fingers on left hand) has started light hand exercises and should have surgically inserted pins removed in about four weeks. "I'm happy with the way it's going," said Pena, who is expected to be ready for spring training.
  • Blue Jays LHP Jesse Carlson served the final game of a three-game suspension stemming from a bench-clearing incident Tuesday against the New York Yankees.
  • Five-time All-Star Pedro Guerrero threw the ceremonial first pitch and also led fans in singing Take Me Out to the Ballgame during the seventh-inning stretch.
  • There were 10 singles and no extra-base hits in the game.
 
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'The last couple starts I've been on a roll,' says Matt Garza, who is 3-0 vs. Toronto this year.  (AP)
'The last couple starts I've been on a roll,' says Matt Garza, who is 3-0 vs. Toronto this year. (AP)

Players of the Game
Tampa Bay

E. Longoria
AB 3
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
Tampa Bay

M. Garza
IP 7.1
H 3
ER 0
BB 6
K 10
 

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Toronto Blue Jays
Marco Scutaro, SS3000110 .284
Aaron Hill, 2B4010021 .285
Adam Lind, DH2000211 .298
Edwin Encarnacion, 3B2010212 .212
Lyle Overbay, 1B3010014 .266
   a- Vernon Wells, PH1000002 .265
    Randy Ruiz, 1B0000000 .273
Jose Bautista, CF4000011 .227
Travis Snider, RF3000121 .224
Raul Chavez, C4000022 .265
John McDonald, LF4000012 .238
Totals30030612  
a-hit into fielder's choice for Overbay in the 8th
Fielding
DP - Encarnacion-Hill-Overbay
Toronto Blue Jays
Ricky Romero (L,12-9) 6744460 4.28
Shawn Camp 1000010 3.28
Brandon League 1000020 4.91
HBP - Crawford (by Ricky Romero)
Pitches-Strikes - Ricky Romero 111-65, Shawn Camp 11-7, Brandon League 18-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ricky Romero 8-3, Shawn Camp 1-1
Batters Faced - Ricky Romero 29, Shawn Camp 3, Brandon League 3
Tampa Bay Rays
Jason Bartlett, SS3110100 .325
Carl Crawford, LF3100001 .306
Evan Longoria, 3B3121100 .283
Ben Zobrist, CF4111012 .286
Pat Burrell, DH4000033 .226
Willy Aybar, 1B2011210 .249
    Chris Richard, 1B0000000 .154
Gabe Kapler, RF3021002 .238
   a- Gabe Gross, PH-RF1000010 .241
Dioner Navarro, C4000013 .223
Akinori Iwamura, 2B3000022 .295
Totals3047449  
a-struck out for Kapler in the 8th
Batting
RBI - Evan Longoria (108), Ben Zobrist (77), Willy Aybar (34), Gabe Kapler (29)
SB - Evan Longoria (8, 2nd base off R. Romero/Chavez)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Bartlett-Iwamura-Aybar
E - Jason Bartlett (17, Throwing)
Tampa Bay Rays
Matt Garza (W,8-10) 7.13006100 3.70
Russ Springer (H,12) 0.1000010 4.33
Randy Choate (H,7) 0.1000000 3.77
Dan Wheeler 1000010 3.35
Pitches-Strikes - Matt Garza 117-67, Russ Springer 5-3, Randy Choate 2-2, Dan Wheeler 10-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Matt Garza 5-6, Randy Choate 1-0, Dan Wheeler 1-2
Batters Faced - Matt Garza 30, Russ Springer 1, Randy Choate 1, Dan Wheeler 4
Game Information
Attendance - 22705
Game Time - 2:43
Temperature - 72
Umpires - Home - Sam Holbrook, First Base - Mike Estabrook, Second Base - Dan Iassogna, Third Base - Larry Vanover