Devil Rays 9, Blue Jays 8

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TORONTO (AP)—Kelvim Escobar might have pitched his last game for the Blue Jays.

Escobar, who expects to be traded later this week, didn’t get a decision as the Toronto Blue Jays lost to the Tampa Bay Devil Rays 9-8 Tuesday night. Rocco Baldelli hit a go-ahead two-run single in the ninth inning as the Devil Rays rallied .

Escobar, eligible for free agency, allowed five runs—three earned—and eight hits in six innings. Toronto has been talking to teams about possible deals before Thursday’s deadline for trades without waivers.

“It’s hard. I’ve been thinking about it,” Escobar said. “It’s all over the news. All my friends call me and say ‘Where are you going? What’s going to happen?”’

Escobar, 27, signed with the Blue Jays when he was 16.

“If it happens, you have to move on,” he said.

Travis Lee and Aubrey Huff homered for the Devil Rays, who rallied from 4-0 and 7-6 deficits.

Toronto’s Carlos Delgado hit his AL-leading 31st homer in the ninth, cutting the lead to 9-8. Delgado hit into SkyDome’s Windows restaurant in center field.

Greg Myers homered twice for the Blue Jays, including a go-ahead three-run drive in the seventh. He set a career high with his 12th homer and tied a career high with five RBIs. The 37-year-old catcher went 2-for-4, raising his average to .335.

After Tampa Bay’s Julio Lugo singled off Aquilino Lopez leading off the ninth, Trever Miller (1-2) got one out before loading the bases by giving up Antonio Perez’s single and walking Huff. Baldelli followed with a single past diving shortstop Mike Bordick and gave Tampa Bay a 8-7 lead. Damian Rolls added a RBI sacrifice fly.

“We needed the two runs, especially in a game like this,” Rolls said. “We were down and came back. They were down, they put up three. There was no telling what was going to happen.”

Al Levine (3-5) pitched 1 2-3 innings for the win, and Lance Carter got three outs for his 17th save.

Toronto’s Vernon Wells singled off Jesus Colome before Levine walked Delgado in the seventh. Myers followed with his homer, giving Toronto a 7-6 lead.

Myers hit an RBI sacrifice fly in the first and a homer in the fourth, putting Toronto ahead 2-0 lead.

Reed Johnson’s RBI single and Wells’ run-scoring single in the fifth made it 4-0.

The Devil Rays batted around in the sixth and scored five runs on Lee’s three-run homer, Baldelli’s RBI grounder and Lugo’s run-scoring single.

Huff homered in the seventh, giving Tampa Bay a 6-4 lead.


Blue Jays SS Chris Woodward, who has a team-high 17 errors, lost his starting job to veteran Mike Bordick. … Kershner has allowed just one run in his last 17 1-3 innings. … Tampa Bay starter Jeremi Gonzalez allowed fourruns on seven hits in 5 2-3 innings.

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