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Comeback falls short as Rays drop 7-5 game to Jays

by Steve Carney

Jake Odorizzi had a good first start as a Tampa Bay Ray, but the bullpen couldn't keep the game even, as Edwin Encarnacion broke a 3-3 tie in the seventh en route to a 7-5 win for the Toronto Blue Jays.

Toronto attacked Odorizzi, making his Rays debut, early, as Melky Cabrera led off the bottom of the first with a single.  Edwin Encarnacion singled Cabrera to third base, and Adam Lind's sacrifice fly not only scored Cabrera, but thanks to a throwing error by Yunel Escobar, Encarnacion took third base.  A triple by Brett Lawrie then plated Encarnacion to make it 2-0.

Tampa Bay got one run back in the second, as Longoria singled, moved to second on a passed ball, took third on a groundout, and after a walk to Luke Scott, scored on a fielder's choice by Sam Fuld.

Toronto re-established their two-run lead in their half of the second, as Henry Blanco reached on a controversial one-out double (replay showed Blanco was out at second base, but umpire C.B. Bucknor called him safe), and scored on a double by Cabrera two batters later.

The Rays pulled even in the third, as Matt Joyce drew a two-out walk from R.A. Dickey. Zobrist then singled, and both runners came in as Longoria doubled over Jose Bautista's head in right field.

The game remained tied until the seventh inning, when Josh Lueke walked Emilio Bonifacio, Munenori Kawasaki and Jose Bautista to load the bases before Edwin Encarnacion unloaded them with a double off the left-field wall and make it 6-3.

Kawasaki added a fourth run to the lead an inning later with an RBI triple in the eighth.

Yunel Escobar blasted a two-out two-run homer off Casey Janssen, who also allowed a single to Desmond Jennings and a walk to Matt Joyce before Ben Zobrist struck out on three pitches to end the game.

Tampa Bay will look to start a new winning streak Tuesday evening, when Alex Cobb (4-2, 2.89 ERA) takes on Ramon Ortiz (1-1, 2.35 ERA).  First pitch is scheduled for 7:07, with coverage on 620 WDAE / 95.3 FM at 6:00 with the Suncoast Hyundai Dealers Inside Pitch.

 

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