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Toronto at Tampa Bay

Tampa Bay
W: J. Happ (3-2) L: R. Hernandez (6-13)
HR: TOR - J. Bautista (28),A. Lind (15),A. Lind (16)   TB - None

Jays' Happ prevails in first game back since liner to head

CBSSports.com wire reports

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- J.A. Happ had a successful return to Florida three months after a scary injury.

Happ won in his first game at Tropicana Field since getting hit in the head by a ball and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Tampa Bay Rays 6-2 on Saturday.

"It was great," Happ said. "I was looking forward to it. Probably haven't pitched the best here and I was looking forward to having the opportunity to come and try and change that up a little bit. Have a good game. Keep us in the game."

Happ (3-2), who suffered a skull fracture and sprained right knee when he fell to the ground after getting hit with a liner by Desmond Jennings on May 7, allowed two runs and five hits over 5 1/3 innings. It was his third start overall since returning from the disabled list.

"I thought Happ pitched really well," Rays manager Joe Maddon said. "You've got to congratulate him, based on what happened to him previously, how difficult that may have been. A big part of our problem tonight was how well he pitched. I thought his stuff was really good, maybe as good as I've seen him."

It was Happ's first victory since beating Kansas City on April 12.

"He threw great," Toronto manager John Gibbons said.

Adam Lind homered twice for the Blue Jays. Jose Bautista hit his 28th homer of the season.

Happ retired nine in a row before Jason Bourgeois opened the fourth with a bunt single down the first base line. Happ fielded the bunt and landed hard on his right knee while shoveling the ball to first from his glove. The left-hander stayed in the game after making a couple of warmup throws.

"I kind of landed on the kneecap there, pushed it in," Happ said. "I just needed a couple minutes to let it die down. It was fine after that."

Ben Zobrist hit a sacrifice fly and Yunel Escobar had a run-scoring single later in the fourth to get Tampa Bay within 3-2.

Bautista put the Blue Jays up 1-0 on a solo shot off Roberto Hernandez (6-13) in the first. Edwin Encarnacion drove in a run with a grounder and Brett Lawrie had an RBI single as Toronto took a 3-0 lead in the third.

Lind had a solo shot and Lawrie scored a nifty base running play to put the Blue Jays ahead 5-2 in the sixth. Lawrie was on second and took off for third, catching reliever Alex Torres off guard. The Rays left-hander made a last-second errant throw to third that allowed Lawrie to score.

"He did it on his own," Gibbons said. "He caught the guy sleeping out there, and we caught a break throwing it away. Brett, he's feeling good about himself."

Lind added a solo drive in the eighth. He move past Ernie Whitt (131) into eighth place on the Blue Jays' career home run list with 133.

Hernandez gave up five runs and seven hits in 5 2/3 innings.

Happ's outing came two days after Tampa Bay's Alex Cobb allowed one run over five innings in the Rays' 7-1 victory over Seattle, his first big league game since being hit in the head by a batted ball two months ago.

Cobb sustained a concussion after being struck on the right ear by a liner hit by Kansas City's Eric Hosmer on June 15 at Tropicana Field.

With a win Sunday, the Blue Jays will win a road series against Tampa Bay for the first time since April 2007. That information was written on a message board in the Toronto clubhouse.

"Roy Halladay couldn't beat Tampa," Lind said. "Obviously we know how hard it is to come in here and not just winning a series, but winning a game."


Blue Jays SS Jose Reyes was out of the lineup with right knee soreness and is not expected back until Tuesday. ... Tampa Bay placed DH Luke Scott on the 15-day DL due to lower back spasms and reinstated RHP Brandon Gomes (strained right lat) from the 60-day DL. ... OF Wil Myers was the Rays' DH for the third consecutive game, but should play in the field Sunday. Maddon said Myers is physically fine, and that the rookie handles the DH role well. Maddon added it's also an opportunity to keep Myers off his feet. ... Jennings is on the DL with a broken left middle finger, but could return Monday.

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J.A. Happ, who returns to the mound for the first time since taking a line drive to the head on May 7, picks up his third win. (USATSI)
J.A. Happ, who returns to the mound for the first time since taking a line drive to the head on May 7, picks up his third win. (USATSI)

Players of the Game
Tampa Bay

E. Longoria
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 0

A. Lind
AB 3
R 2
H 2
HR 2

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Toronto Blue Jays
Rajai Davis, LF5110000 .270
Maicer Izturis, SS5010001 .237
Jose Bautista, RF3211100 .262
Edwin Encarnacion, 1B4001001 .276
Adam Lind, DH3222100 .280
Brett Lawrie, 3B4121010 .262
J.P. Arencibia, C4010013 .213
Mark DeRosa, 2B4020011 .237
Anthony Gose, CF4000033 .258
2B - Brett Lawrie (12, R. Hernandez), Mark DeRosa (11, Gomes)
HR - Jose Bautista (28, R. Hernandez), Adam Lind 2 (16, R. Hernandez)
RBI - Jose Bautista (73), Edwin Encarnacion (91), Adam Lind 2 (44), Brett Lawrie (31)
2-OUT RBI - Jose Bautista (27), Brett Lawrie (8)
SB - Rajai Davis (36, 2nd base off R. Hernandez/Molina), Brett Lawrie (6, 2nd base off R. Hernandez/Molina)
Team LOB - 6
E - Anthony Gose (1, Misplayed grounder)
PB - J.P. Arencibia (11)
Toronto Blue Jays
J.A. Happ (W,3-2) 5.1522150 4.93
Neil Wagner (H,7) 1.2000110 2.83
Brad Lincoln 1100010 3.00
Darren Oliver 1100000 3.73
Pitches-Strikes - J.A. Happ 89-58, Neil Wagner 26-15, Brad Lincoln 16-10, Darren Oliver 12-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J.A. Happ 5-6, Neil Wagner 3-1, Brad Lincoln 1-1, Darren Oliver 2-1
Batters Faced - J.A. Happ 22, Neil Wagner 6, Brad Lincoln 4, Darren Oliver 4
Tampa Bay Rays
Jason Bourgeois, LF3110010 .182
   a-Matt Joyce, PH-RF1000001 .245
Wil Myers, DH4000021 .312
Evan Longoria, 3B4120010 .268
Ben Zobrist, 2B2011100 .275
Yunel Escobar, SS4011003 .260
James Loney, 1B4010002 .310
Sean Rodriguez, RF2000012 .257
   b-Kelly Johnson, PH-LF2010010 .251
Jose Molina, C4000000 .242
Sam Fuld, CF3000111 .206
a-grounded out for Bourgeois in the 7th
b-struck out for S. Rodriguez in the 7th
2B - Evan Longoria (30, Happ)
SF - Ben Zobrist (6)
RBI - Ben Zobrist (58), Yunel Escobar (50)
2-OUT RBI - Yunel Escobar (19)
Team LOB - 7
DP - Longoria-Zobrist-Loney
E - Alex Torres (1, Throwing)
Tampa Bay Rays
Roberto Hernandez (L,6-13) 5.2754132 5.00
Alex Torres 1.1100110 1.35
Brandon Gomes 1211021 5.68
Cesar Ramos 1000000 4.14
IBB - Lind by Roberto Hernandez
HBP - J. Bautista (by Roberto Hernandez)
Pitches-Strikes - Roberto Hernandez 101-64, Alex Torres 28-16, Brandon Gomes 19-14, Cesar Ramos 9-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Roberto Hernandez 12-2, Alex Torres 2-0, Brandon Gomes 1-0, Cesar Ramos 1-2
Batters Faced - Roberto Hernandez 26, Alex Torres 5, Brandon Gomes 5, Cesar Ramos 3
Game Information
Attendance - 25036
Game Time - 3:00
Temperature - 72
Umpires - Home - Jerry Layne, First Base - Hunter Wendelstedt, Second Base - Al Porter, Third Base - Greg Gibson