The Blue Jays, who took the opener 4-3 on Friday, haven’t won back-to-back games since Aug. 16-17, when they took two straight from the Los Angeles Angels.
Before Friday’s win, the Blue Jays had dropped 10 of 13, getting outscored 80-44 over that stretch. Joe Borowski’s wild pitch in the eighth inning allowed the go-ahead run to score as the Blue Jays rallied from a 3-0 third-inning deficit.
“It wasn’t easy tonight, but we got the job done,” said Toronto manager John Gibbons. “That was the break we needed. I’ll put it that way.”
Toronto’s Gregg Zaun was batting and tried to call time with two outs in the eighth, but plate umpire Larry Vanover didn’t allow it. Borowski then threw a wild pitch, allowing Shea Hillenbrand to score from third.
“It worked out good for us,” Zaun said. “I don’t know if it threw him off or not. You’d have to ask him.”
Jorge Cantu hit a three-run homer for Tampa Bay, which lost its fifth straight. The Devil Rays had won nine of 12 before the slide.
Tampa Bay manager Lou Piniella did not talk to reporters after the game.