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Upton hit an RBI double in the 11th inning and Tampa Bay beat the Blue Jays 5-4 on Wednesday.
"I think I'm understanding the strike zone and trying to stay aggressive, and right now I guess I'm not missing any pitches," said Upton, who homered in both Monday and Tuesday's games. "Right now that's the approach I have and it's working out for me."
"When I hit that ball, I thought it was going to be second and third with one out, and when I went into second base he was already around," Upton said. "It kind of blew my mind that there was no play at the plate."
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Jake McGee (1-1) struck out two during a perfect 11th.
Tampa Bay took two of three from the Blue Jays, and have won 15 consecutive home series against Toronto.
"We make a rush late to tie things up, and kind of ran out of time," Blue Jays manager John Farrell said.
Shields, who was looking for his seventh win of the season, allowed three runs and seven hits over 7 1/3 innings. He struck out 10 and walked one.
Tampa Bay took a 2-1 lead during the first when Sutton's double off Ricky Romero scored Pena and Matt Joyce, who both walked. Joyce and Luke Scott both had RBI grounders as the Rays extended the lead to 4-1 in the third.
"We're not playing the best baseball right now," Shields said. "Defensively, offensively, we're not up to where we want to be, but we're finding ways to win."
Romero gave up four runs, two hits and a career-high seven walks in six-plus innings. The left-hander, who also hit a batter, has walked 21 over his past four starts.
"It's frustrating," Romero said. "I beat myself, again."
Bautista put the Blue Jays up 1-0 on his 12th homer this season in the top of first. He has seven homers and 14 RBIs over his past 13 games.
Yan Gomes hit a fifth-inning sacrifice fly that got Toronto within 4-2.
Blue Jays third baseman Brett Lawrie made a diving catch on Chris Gimenez's fourth-inning bunt. Romero, who was also pursuing the ball near the third-base line, was able to leap over Lawrie and avoid a major collision.
|B.J. Upton goes 3 for 6 for Tampa Bay, which records its 15th straight home series win against the Blue Jays. (Getty Images)|
|Players of the Game|
|Toronto Blue Jays|
|Kelly Johnson, 2B||5||0||1||0||0||4||2||.250|
|Omar Vizquel, 2B||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.095|
|Yunel Escobar, SS||5||0||1||0||0||1||2||.258|
|Jose Bautista, RF||5||2||2||1||0||0||0||.230|
|Edwin Encarnacion, DH||4||1||2||2||1||0||0||.269|
|J.P. Arencibia, C||5||0||0||0||0||4||1||.246|
|Eric Thames, LF||5||0||1||0||0||2||1||.252|
|Brett Lawrie, 3B||5||1||1||0||0||1||1||.270|
|Colby Rasmus, CF||5||0||2||0||0||1||0||.216|
|Yan Gomes, 1B||3||0||0||1||0||1||2||.294|
|2B - Kelly Johnson (3, Rodney), Jose Bautista (4, Shields)|
|3B - Colby Rasmus (3, Shields)|
|HR - Jose Bautista (12, Shields), Edwin Encarnacion (14, Peralta)|
|SF - Yan Gomes (2)|
|RBI - Jose Bautista (29), Edwin Encarnacion 2 (37), Yan Gomes (5)|
|2-OUT RBI - Jose Bautista (12)|
|SB - Colby Rasmus (2, 2nd base off Shields/Gimenez)|
|PK - Yunel Escobar (2, Shields)|
|Team LOB - 7|
|Toronto Blue Jays|
|Darren Oliver (L,0-2)||1.1||1||1||1||1||3||0||1.80|
|HBP - Pena (by Ricky Romero), Thompson (by Darren Oliver)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Ricky Romero 105-54, Jason Frasor 9-6, Luis Perez 9-3, Francisco Cordero 20-13, Casey Janssen 30-18, Darren Oliver 36-22|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ricky Romero 7-2, Jason Frasor 1-0, Francisco Cordero 1-2, Casey Janssen 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Ricky Romero 26, Jason Frasor 3, Luis Perez 2, Francisco Cordero 4, Casey Janssen 5, Darren Oliver 7|
|Tampa Bay Rays|
|Carlos Pena, 1B||3||2||1||0||2||2||1||.217|
|B.J. Upton, CF||6||1||3||1||0||2||1||.300|
|Matt Joyce, RF||3||1||0||1||2||1||2||.274|
|Drew Sutton, 3B-2B||4||0||2||2||1||1||5||.500|
|Luke Scott, DH||3||0||1||1||2||0||1||.243|
|Elliot Johnson, SS||3||0||0||0||1||3||3||.276|
|Will Rhymes, 2B||3||0||0||0||1||0||2||.250|
|a- Sean Rodriguez, PH-3B||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.246|
|Chris Gimenez, C||2||0||0||0||1||1||1||.213|
|b- Stephen Vogt, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.000|
|Jose Molina, C||1||0||0||0||0||1||1||.173|
|Rich Thompson, LF||4||1||0||0||0||2||2||.091|
|a-flied out for Rhymes in the 10th|
|b-flied out for Gimenez in the 8th|
|2B - Carlos Pena (8, Frasor), B.J. Upton 2 (8, R. Romero, Oliver), Drew Sutton (2, R. Romero)|
|SH - Elliot Johnson (3)|
|RBI - B.J. Upton (16), Matt Joyce (24), Drew Sutton 2 (3), Luke Scott (31)|
|SB - B.J. Upton (10, 2nd base off Perez/Arencibia)|
|CS - Rich Thompson (1, 2nd base by R. Romero/Arencibia)|
|Team LOB - 11|
|E - Elliot Johnson (3, Missed catch of throw)|
|Tampa Bay Rays|
|Joel Peralta (BS,3)||0.2||2||1||1||0||1||1||5.12|
|Jake McGee (W,1-1)||1||0||0||0||0||2||0||1.84|
|Pitches-Strikes - James Shields 110-81, Joel Peralta 13-10, Fernando Rodney 24-16, Jake McGee 14-11|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - James Shields 10-2, Joel Peralta 1-0, Fernando Rodney 3-2, Jake McGee 1-0|
|Batters Faced - James Shields 30, Joel Peralta 4, Fernando Rodney 7, Jake McGee 3|
|Attendance - 11471|
|Game Time - 3:57|
|Temperature - 72|
|Umpires - Home - Andy Fletcher, First Base - Rob Drake, Second Base - Joe West, Third Base - Sam Holbrook|