Final Score: Tampa Bay 3, Toronto 2
St. Petersburg, FL (Sports Network) - Alex Cobb went seven innings, B.J.
Upton hit an RBI double, and the Rays defeated the Blue Jays, 3-2, on
Tampa Bay scored all of its runs in the third inning, as Evan Longoria plated
Upton with a double play groundout and Jeff Keppinger added a two-out RBI
Longoria, in his second game back from a prolonged absence, went 0-for-4 with
three strikeouts. Still, Tampa Bay improved to 17-8 with Longoria in the
lineup this season, compared to 41-44 without the three-time All-Star.
Cobb (6-8) allowed one run on five hits, did not issue a walk and struck out
Fernando Rodney entered the ninth with a 22-inning scoreless streak -- a
club record for a reliever -- but surrendered a one-out solo homer to David
Cooper. The righty then retired two straight batters to secure his 34th save
of the year.
The Rays have won nine of 14 overall and will look for the sweep of this
three-game series on Thursday.
Carlos Villanueva (6-2) took the loss, giving up three runs on six hits over
six innings. He walked three and struck out seven.
Edwin Encarnacion had a third-inning sacrifice fly for the Blue Jays, losers
in eight of their last 10 games. They have dropped 16 consecutive away series
against the Rays.
The sac fly scored Rajai Davis, who was hit by a pitch and moved to third on
Colby Rasmus' single, but Tampa Bay went ahead for good in the bottom half.
A leadoff double by Desmond Jennings, followed by Upton's two-bagger into the
right-field corner, tied the game. Matt Joyce then laced a single, placing
runners at the corners.
Longoria, who had a sac fly in his return on Tuesday, made it 2-1 with a 6-4-3
Villanueva then walked Ben Zobrist and Carlos Pena before Keppinger capped the
frame with a base hit up the middle.
Cobb fanned the last two batters he faced, stranding a runner at third, and
Joel Peralta struck out the side in the eighth.
Despite allowing Cooper's fourth homer of the season, Rodney managed to tie
the club record with his 19th consecutive save, while helping the Rays down
the Jays for the eighth time in nine games.
Longoria missed 85 games with a partially torn left hamstring...Rodney had not
allowed a run since June 14 versus the Mets. He was two outs shy of tying
James Shields for the overall club record in consecutive scoreless innings
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