American League Game Summary - Tampa Bay at Toronto|
(Friday, August 31st)
Final Score: Toronto 2, Tampa Bay 1
Toronto, ON (Sports Network) - Brandon Morrow hurled 6 2/3 effective innings
on Friday and the Toronto Blue Jays edged the Tampa Bay Rays, 2-1, at Rogers
Morrow (8-5) gave up one run on eight hits and a walk with five strikeouts to
put an end to a personal two-game losing streak. Steve Delabar worked 1 1/3
perfect innings in relief and Casey Janssen was bailed out of trouble in the
ninth inning to earn his 19th save of the season.
"I was throwing strikes with my fastball, but wasn't really keeping it down,"
Morrow said. "I was able to make some big pitches with guys on base and use
the curveball well."
Edwin Encarnacion hit a solo home run, while Moises Sierra smoked a solo
homer and helped out defensively by throwing out Elliot Johnson at the plate
for the final out of the game.
Desmond Jennings accounted for the lone Tampa Bay run with a homer and Jeremy
Hellickson (8-10) took the loss after allowing two runs on four hits over
six-plus innings for the Rays, who have lost six of their last seven.
The Rays opened the scoring in the third inning after Jennings led off the
frame with a towering fly ball to center that carried beyond the wall for his
11th home run of the season
Sierra tied the game in the home half when he launched a solo shot over the
wall in left and the Jays took the lead in their next at-bat.
After Colby Rasmus flied out to begin the fourth, Encarnacion got a fastball
from Hellickson and deposited it into the stands in straightaway center field
to make it 2-1.
"I kept the team in the game, but I have to be better. I have to keep the ball
in the yard," Hellickson said.
Jeff Keppinger ripped a base hit off Janssen to begin the ninth and the pinch-
runner Johnson moved into scoring position on a fly out to left by Luke Scott.
Ryan Roberts struck out, but pinch-hitter Carlos Pena followed with a base hit
Sierra played the ball on a high hop and fired a strike to catcher Jeff
Mathis, who held on to the ball despite getting run over by Johnson to
preserve the victory for Toronto.
Despite the loss, the Rays lead the season series between the teams, 9-4 ...
Tampa Bay has lost 11 of its last 12 one-run contests ... The Rays finished
the month of August with a 17-11 record. It was their sixth consecutive
winning August and they are a major league-best 88-52 in August since 2008 ...
During the game, it was announced that the Rays acquired outfielder Ben
Francisco from the Houston Astros for a player to be named later ... Toronto
improved to 10-20 in one-run games this season.
09/01 02:02:44 ET