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Rays win on Upton's walk-off HR; Longoria returns

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- B.J. Upton kept Jo-Jo Reyes from getting his first win in three years.

Upton hit a two-run homer in the ninth inning, giving the Tampa Bay Rays a 3-2 victory against the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday night.

After Ben Zobrist singled to start the ninth off Jon Rauch (1-2), Upton hit an 0-1 pitch into the left field seats for the victory.

"That was pretty cool," Rays manager Joe Maddon said. "That ball was properly struck right there."

Kyle Farnsworth (2-0) got the final out in the top of the ninth for the win. Tampa Bay has won seven of nine.

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Reyes dropped to 0-11 in 24 starts since a victory against the Angels on June 13, 2008, while with Atlanta. He allowed one run and four hits in six innings Tuesday.

"Overall, he did much better than the outcome will suggest," Toronto manager John Farrell said. "He threw the ball very good."

The Blue Jays were without slugger Jose Bautista, who didn't play because of neck spasms. Farrell said Bautista might be out until this weekend.

Bautista underwent an MRI exam that showed no structural issues.

"The MRI just shows the spasms," Farrell said. "There's no spine issues or anything like that. He'll have to go through some baseball activity once he's symptom-free."

Tampa Bay All-Star third baseball Evan Longoria was activated from the 15-day disabled list after missing 26 games due to a left oblique strain and had a single in four at-bats. He struck out twice.

Rays starter Wade Davis had his three-game winning streak end. The right-hander gave up two runs and six hits in six innings.

Toronto went ahead 2-1 in the fourth inning on a run-scoring double by Edwin Encarnacion. The Blue Jays loaded the bases with two outs later in the inning, but failed to extend their lead when Rajai Davis struck out.

Adam Lind put the Blue Jays up 1-0 with an RBI single in the first, giving him 14 RBI during his past 11 games.

Kelly Shoppach, hitless in his 17 previous at-bats, tied it at 1 on a second-inning RBI bloop single.

Tampa Bay rookie Brandon Gomes, recalled from Triple-A Durham, walked one over two scoreless innings in his major league debut.

"He looked great," Davis said. "I know he was nervous. Poise was really good."

Rays DH Johnny Damon was hit on the underside of the left forearm by Reyes' pitch in the third, but remained in the game. He missed three games from April 18-20 after breaking the tip of his left ring finger while trying to bunt.

Notes

  • Three of Upton's four career walkoff hits have come against Toronto.
  • Maddon tweaked his rotation and will have LHP David Price pitch in the series finale Thursday. Price was first scheduled to pitch this weekend at Baltimore.
  • Blue Jays INF Aaron Hill (strained right hamstring) is set to play in an extended spring training game on Wednesday. He could be ready to return early next week.
  • Tampa Bay 2B Sean Rodriguez (dislocated left pinky finger) was back in the lineup.
  • Former Tampa Bay closer Roberto Hernandez will be working with Rays' relievers during homestands.
  • The Rays lead the all-time series 113-112.
 
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B.J. Upton hits the game-winning, two-run HR to take the spotlight in Evan Longoria's return after a 26-game absence. (AP)
B.J. Upton hits the game-winning, two-run HR to take the spotlight in Evan Longoria's return after a 26-game absence. (AP)

Players of the Game
Tampa Bay

B. Upton
AB 4
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 2
Toronto

A. Lind
AB 3
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
 
Toronto Blue Jays
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Rajai Davis, RF4000013 .191
Corey Patterson, CF4120000 .282
Yunel Escobar, SS2000201 .262
Adam Lind, 1B3121101 .292
Juan Rivera, LF4000013 .213
J.P. Arencibia, C4010000 .260
David Cooper, DH4000012 .143
Edwin Encarnacion, 3B4021000 .256
    Mike McCoy, PR-3B0000000 .235
John McDonald, 2B3000101 .217
Totals3227243  
Batting
2B - Edwin Encarnacion 2 (10, Davis, Farnsworth)
RBI - Adam Lind (23), Edwin Encarnacion (7)
2-OUT RBI - Edwin Encarnacion (2)
CS - Adam Lind (1, 2nd base by Gomes/Jaso)
Team LOB - 7
Toronto Blue Jays
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jo-Jo Reyes 6411140 4.66
Shawn Camp (H,3) 1000000 2.45
Marc Rzepczynski (H,3) 1000010 2.63
Jon Rauch (BS,1; L,1-2)0222001 4.09
HBP - Damon (by Jo-Jo Reyes)
Pitches-Strikes - Jo-Jo Reyes 92-56, Shawn Camp 11-7, Marc Rzepczynski 14-9, Jon Rauch 9-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jo-Jo Reyes 2-12, Shawn Camp 3-0, Marc Rzepczynski 2-0
Batters Faced - Jo-Jo Reyes 24, Shawn Camp 3, Marc Rzepczynski 3, Jon Rauch 2
Tampa Bay Rays
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Sam Fuld, LF4000001 .274
Johnny Damon, DH3000001 .245
Evan Longoria, 3B4010021 .111
Ben Zobrist, RF4110012 .259
B.J. Upton, CF4112000 .248
Sean Rodriguez, 2B3110010 .220
Kelly Shoppach, C1011100 .167
   a- John Jaso, PH-C1000000 .241
Dan Johnson, 1B3000012 .134
    Casey Kotchman, 1B0000000 .333
Elliot Johnson, SS3010000 .235
Totals3036315  
a-grounded out for Shoppach in the 7th
Batting
HR - B.J. Upton (4, Rauch)
RBI - B.J. Upton 2 (14), Kelly Shoppach (4)
2-OUT RBI - Kelly Shoppach (1)
SB - Sean Rodriguez (2, 2nd base off Reyes/Arencibia), Elliot Johnson (1, 2nd base off Reyes/Arencibia)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Johnson-S. Rodriguez-Johnson
Tampa Bay Rays
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Wade Davis 6622320 2.77
Brandon Gomes 2000100 0.00
Cesar Ramos 0.2000010 5.40
Kyle Farnsworth (W,2-0) 0.1100000 0.87
Pitches-Strikes - Wade Davis 112-71, Brandon Gomes 21-11, Cesar Ramos 8-4, Kyle Farnsworth 13-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Wade Davis 4-11, Brandon Gomes 3-2, Kyle Farnsworth 1-0
Batters Faced - Wade Davis 26, Brandon Gomes 6, Cesar Ramos 2, Kyle Farnsworth 2
Game Information
Attendance - 10248
Game Time - 2:40
Temperature - 72
Umpires - Home - Paul Schrieber, First Base - Chad Fairchild, Second Base - Joe West, Third Base - Angel Hernandez