B.J. Upton has quietly been heating up over the last week and a half, and that trend reached the boiling point in the ninth inning Tuesday.
The Tampa Bay center fielder delivered a two-run, walk-off homer that gave the Rays a 3-2 win over the Blue Jays.
After an 11-game stretch in which he hit just .108, Upton has reorganized his strike zone and reenergized his bat. He is hitting .308 with two homers and nine RBI in his last 10 games.
The Rays welcome his contributions as they try to boost their production with third baseman Evan Longoria coming off the disabled list Tuesday.
The team can usually tell how well Upton is hitting by the sound of the ball coming off his bat. Tuesday it was also the action, with manager Joe Maddon saying the ball had action like when Upton hits it on a golf course.
"He threw me a fastball and it got a good piece of the barrel," Upton said.
It was the third walk-off homer of Upton's career.
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