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Injury mars Tuesday's 6-4 loss

by Steve Carney

Roberto Hernandez's fine outing went for naught, as the Tampa Bay bullpen let a multiple-run lead slip away for the second straight night, as the Toronto Blue Jays took a 6-4 decision in Tuesday night's game marred by a horrific injury.

Toronto opened the scoring in the top of the second inning, as Adam Lind launched a solo shot to right off Hernandez to make it 1-0.

Tampa Bay countered with four runs in the bottom of the inning, including a line drive by Desmond Jennings that unfortunately hit Blue Jays starter J.A. Happ in the head and went for a two-run triple, and an RBI single by Ryan Roberts.

Happ was taken from the game on a stretcher and transported to Bayfront Medical Center, where manager John Gibbons after the game said he was undergoing tests.

Hernandez allowed just the home run by Lind through six innings, but the Tampa Bay bullpen continued their struggles.  Jake McGee allowed a double to Lind, followed by a two-run shot by Colby Rasmus to cut the lead to 4-3.

Back-to-back doubles by Melky Cabrera and Jose Bautista in the eighth brought Toronto back even, and Izturis' solo homer off Joel Peralta (0-2) an inning later broke the tie.  Brett Lawrie singled two batters later and scored on a Cabrera's second two-base hit in as many innings to set the score.

Tampa Bay has now dropped seven of their last eleven games.  They'll look to regroup Wednesday, when Matt Moore (5-0, 1.95 ERA) takes on Ricky Romero (0-1, 6.75 ERA).  First pitch is set for 7:10, with coverage on 620 WDAE starting at 6 with the Suncoast Hyundai Dealers Inside Pitch.

 

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