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Seven-run lead wasted as Toronto comes back for 8-7 win

by Steve Carney

The Tampa Bay Rays gave back a seven-run lead, as J.P. Arencibia's two-run homer with two out in the top of the ninth gave the Toronto Blue Jays an 8-7 win Monday at Tropicana Field.

Tampa Bay's offense all came in the third inning, as Mark Buehrle allowed a leadoff walk to Sam Fuld, then walked Desmond Jennings before giving up an RBI single to Kelly Johnson to give the Rays a 1-0 lead.

Buehrle then walked Ryan Roberts before Longoria launched a 2-1 pitch into the left field seats for a grand slam to make it 5-0.

James Loney followed with a double, and two batters later came home on a blast by Scott, this time to right, that extended the lead to 7-0.

Hellickson gave three runs back in the fourth thanks to a two-run homer by Colby Rasmus, and an RBI single by Melky Cabrera.

The righthander allowed six hits with the three runs, walking four and striking out three.

Reliever Jake McGee gave up a two-run shot in the sixth to pinch-hitter Mark Derosa, and a sacrifice by Jose Bautista in the eighth cut the lead to 7-6, and Fernando Rodney, called on for a five-out save, got to within one strike of ending the game before J.P. Arencibia's two-run homer to left set the score at 8-7.

Casey Janssen worked a perfect ninth for his eighth save.

Tampa Bay will look to rebound Tuesday, as Roberto Hernandez (1-4, 5.28 ERA) takes on J.A. Happ (2-2, 3.98 ERA).  First pitch is scheduled for 7:10, with pregame coverage starting at 6 with the Suncoast Hyundai Dealers Inside Pitch.

NOTES: Yunel Escobar entered the game as a defensive replacement in the sixth.  He missed Sunday's game after being hit by a pitch on the hand Saturday.

 

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