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Jays capitalize against sloppy Rays

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TORONTO -- For the first time in a long time, the heart of the Blue Jays order was hitting on the same beat.

Jose Bautista, Adam Lind and Brett Lawrie homered and the Blue Jays took advantage of a three-error game by normally sure-handed Evan Longoria to beat the Tampa Bay Rays 7-3 on Tuesday night.

Bautista and Lind, who bat third and fourth in Toronto's lineup, homered in the same game for the first time since Aug. 29, 2011. That game was also a 7-3 victory over Tampa Bay, with left-hander Ricky Romero earning the victory in both contests.

"A number of good things offensively tonight, particularly from Jose and Adam," Toronto manager John Farrell said. "It's good to see Jose start to gain some consistent timing and that was certainly the case tonight."

Lind had three hits on the night and improved to 13 for 28 with three homers in his career against Rays right-hander Niemann.

"When it's going good it's not a forced thing, it just happens with good swings," Lind said. "That's the key. In order to do that you have to have good swings and so far this season I think I've had good swings."

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Romero (2-0) allowed three runs and eight hits in six-plus innings. He's won three of his past four starts against the Rays dating to last season.

"Ricky battled himself but he made a big pitch in a couple of big situations and got a couple of key double plays," Farrell said.

It was a career worst performance for Longoria, the AL's Gold Glove third baseman in 2009 and 2010. He became the seventh player in Rays history to make three errors in a game.

"It was a rough day," said Longoria, whose errors led to three unearned runs. "I'm just trying to make the aggressive play. Tonight it just happened to not work out three times."

Tampa Bay had made only three errors in its 10 previous games and entered play Tuesday as one of two major league teams (along with Detroit) not to allow an unearned run all season.

Matt Joyce homered for the Rays, who have lost six of eight.

Niemann (0-2) allowed five runs -- two earned -- on just three hits in five-plus innings.

"Niemann threw the ball really well, we just weren't able to bail him out defensively," Longoria said.

Bautista got the Blue Jays started with his first homer since Toronto's season opener on April 5, a solo drive to left in the first inning.

Toronto turned Longoria's first two errors into three more runs in the third. J.P. Arencibia led off by reaching when Longoria bobbled his grounder and bounced the throw to first.

Yunel Escobar followed with a potential double-play grounder, but Longoria dropped the ball while taking it out of his glove. One out later, Bautista hit a sacrifice fly and Lind followed with his first homer of the season, a two-run shot.

"He's in a pretty good place right now," Farrell said of Lind. "He's seeing the ball well and he's not offering at pitches or expanding the zone too much. When he does that, he's an awful dangerous hitter."

The Rays scored twice in the fifth. Joyce singled, Sean Rodriguez walked and Reid Brignac hit an RBI single, just his second hit of the season and his first since April 10 at Detroit. Rodriguez scored when Chris Gimenez followed with an infield single.

Longoria's third error, a wild throw to first on Eric Thames' infield single in the sixth, allowed Bautista to score from second, putting Toronto up 5-2.

"A lot of it lies on my shoulders today," Longoria said. "We get out of those innings, it's a different story."

Joyce hit a leadoff homer in the seventh. The Blue Jays answered in the bottom half when Lind's single off Jake McGee scored Escobar from second.

Lawrie capped it in the eighth with a leadoff shot to center, his second, against Burke Badenhop.

Jason Frasor, Francisco Cordero and Sergio Santos each worked one inning of scoreless relief for the Blue Jays, who had lost seven of their previous nine meetings with the Rays.

Notes

  • After eight straight day games, Tampa Bay played at night for just the second time this season.
  • Rays OF B.J. Upton (back) was rained out in his rehab start at Double-A Montgomery. Upton will play both game of a doubleheader Wednesday, one in the outfield and one at DH, and remains on track to come off the DL Friday.
  • Attendance was 15,331, a season low.
 
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Adam Lind (right) congratulates teammate Kelly Johnson after scoring on Lind's two-run shot in the third inning. (AP)
Adam Lind (right) congratulates teammate Kelly Johnson after scoring on Lind's two-run shot in the third inning. (AP)

Players of the Game
Toronto

J. Bautista
AB 2
R 2
H 1
HR 1
RBI 2
Toronto

R. Romero
IP 6.0
H 8
ER 3
BB 3
K 4
 

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Tampa Bay Rays
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Desmond Jennings, CF4000012 .227
Carlos Pena, 1B4030012 .390
Evan Longoria, 3B4010012 .293
Luke Scott, DH3000112 .318
Ben Zobrist, RF-2B3000112 .216
Matt Joyce, LF-RF4221013 .278
Sean Rodriguez, 2B-SS2100210 .185
Reid Brignac, SS2011000 .133
   a- Stephen Vogt, PH-LF1000001 .000
   b- Jeff Keppinger, PH1010000 .250
Chris Gimenez, C4021012 .500
Totals32310348  
a-popped out for Brignac in the 7th
b-singled for Vogt in the 9th
Batting
2B - Chris Gimenez (1, R. Romero)
HR - Matt Joyce (2, R. Romero)
RBI - Matt Joyce (5), Reid Brignac (1), Chris Gimenez (1)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Brignac-S. Rodriguez-Pena
E - Evan Longoria 3 (4, Misplayed grounder)
Tampa Bay Rays
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jeff Niemann (L,0-2) 5352152 4.50
J.P. Howell0000100 7.71
Brandon Gomes 1111220 9.00
Jake McGee 1100120 6.75
Burke Badenhop 1211001 7.20
IBB - Rasmus by Brandon Gomes, Encarnacion by Jake McGee
HBP - Thames (by Jeff Niemann)
WP - Jeff Niemann (1), J.P. Howell (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Jeff Niemann 87-49, J.P. Howell 6-2, Brandon Gomes 26-11, Jake McGee 20-12, Burke Badenhop 13-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jeff Niemann 6-5, Brandon Gomes 1-0, Jake McGee 1-0, Burke Badenhop 2-1
Batters Faced - Jeff Niemann 21, J.P. Howell 1, Brandon Gomes 6, Jake McGee 5, Burke Badenhop 5
Toronto Blue Jays
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Yunel Escobar, SS4100100 .208
Kelly Johnson, 2B5100033 .238
Jose Bautista, RF2212100 .222
Adam Lind, 1B3133100 .300
Edwin Encarnacion, DH3000123 .268
Eric Thames, LF2010010 .269
   a- Ben Francisco, PH1000012 .250
    Rajai Davis, LF0000000 .154
Brett Lawrie, 3B4111013 .300
Colby Rasmus, CF3010100 .200
J.P. Arencibia, C4100014 .063
Totals3177659  
a-struck out for Thames in the 7th
Batting
HR - Jose Bautista (2, Niemann), Adam Lind (1, Niemann), Brett Lawrie (2, Badenhop)
SF - Jose Bautista (2)
RBI - Jose Bautista 2 (4), Adam Lind 3 (5), Brett Lawrie (8)
2-OUT RBI - Jose Bautista (1), Adam Lind 3 (3)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Jose Bautista 1
DP - Lind, Lawrie-Escobar-Lind, Johnson-Escobar-Lind, Lawrie-Johnson-Lind
E - Brett Lawrie (1, Missed catch of throw)
Toronto Blue Jays
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Ricky Romero (W,2-0) 6833341 3.72
Jason Frasor (H,3) 1000010 1.93
Francisco Cordero (H,2) 1100120 5.40
Sergio Santos 1100010 9.00
WP - Jason Frasor (1), Francisco Cordero (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Ricky Romero 92-50, Jason Frasor 10-8, Francisco Cordero 21-13, Sergio Santos 10-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ricky Romero 7-3, Sergio Santos 1-0
Batters Faced - Ricky Romero 25, Jason Frasor 3, Francisco Cordero 5, Sergio Santos 3
Game Information
Attendance - 15331
Game Time - 3:05
Temperature - 68
Umpires - Home - Doug Eddings, First Base - Paul Nauert, Second Base - Dana DeMuth, Third Base - Kerwin Danley