St. Petersburg, FL (Sports Network) - Maicer Izturis snapped a tie game with a
solo homer in the top of the ninth inning and behind a spirited effort from
the bullpen, the Toronto Blue Jays rallied for the second straight day to
upend the Tampa Bay Rays, 6-4, in the second test of a four-game set.
A terrifying moment occurred in the second inning when Jays starter J.A. Happ
was taken off the field by stretcher after taking a line drive from Desmond
Jennings off the side of his head. He remained conscious and was brought
straight to the hospital.
Forced to dig into its bullpen early, four Toronto relievers combined for 7
2/3 scoreless innings, with Steve Delabar (2-0) tossing two innings of one-hit
ball. Casey Janssen worked a perfect ninth to notch his ninth save.
Colby Rasmus hit a two-run homer, Adam Lind went 2-for-4 with a solo shot and
two runs scored, while Jose Bautista and Melky Cabrera each plated a run to
help Toronto earn back-to-back victories at Tropicana Field for the first time
in almost five years.
Joel Peralta (0-2) was tagged with the loss for the Rays, who blew a seven-run
lead in an 8-7 loss to the Jays on Monday. The Tampa Bay bullpen spoiled a
solid start from Roberto Hernandez, who tossed six innings of one-run ball and
struck out seven.
The Sports Network