Devil Rays 5, Blue Jays 4, 10 innings

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP)—Lou Piniella often talks about how good things happen when teams play hard the entire game. The youthful Tampa Bay Devil Rays have been listening.

Travis Lee homered and singled in the winning run with two outs in the 10th inning, giving Tampa Bay a 5-4 comeback victory over the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday night.

“These kids are playing hard,” Piniella said after his last-place club won for the sixth time in eight games. “They’re getting after it every night.”

Tom Wilson hit a tiebreaking, two-run double with two outs in the eighth inning to put Toronto ahead 4-2, but the Devil Rays rallied with two outs in the ninth against Cliff Politte.

Damian Rolls walked and scored on Marlon Anderson’s single. After Anderson stole second, pinch-hitter Al Martin tied it with a single to right on a 3-2 pitch.

“This win was typical of a lot of our wins,” Martin said. “Not pretty, ugly at times. But when it’s all said and done, it’s a win.”

Anderson stole second on a close play just before Martin’s hit. Blue Jays manager Carlos Tosca argued with umpire Lance Barksdale that Anderson, who went into the base standing, was tagged out.

“I think the replay shows that,” Tosca said. “I asked him what he saw. He said the guy’s foot got in there.”

It was Politte’s sixth blown save in 18 chances.

Timely hitting in the top of the ninth could have made Anderson’s stolen base a mute point.

Toronto wasted a chance to expand its two-run lead when Orlando Hudson grounded into a double play with one out and the bases loaded.

Rocco Baldelli reached with one out in the 10th when third baseman Eric Hinske misplayed his grounder for an error. Aubrey Huff drew a walk from Juan Acevedo (1-5) and, after Toby Hall flied out, Lee singled to left to win it.

“If it wasn’t for Rocco hustling down the line, we still might be out there,” Lee said.

Lee homered in the fifth for the Devil Rays, who have won six straight against the Blue Jays and are 9-2 against Toronto this year.

Jesus Colome (3-5) worked a perfect 10th for the win.

Toronto loaded the bases with one out in the eighth against Lance Carter. Pinch-hitter Josh Phelps had an RBI grounder against Travis Harper before Wilson’s double down the left-field line made it 4-2.

Antonio Perez drew a bases-loaded walk with two outs in the seventh off Jason Kershner, putting the Devil Rays up 2-1. Kershner, the fourth Toronto pitcher in the seventh, retired Carl Crawford with the bases loaded to end the inning.

Both starting pitchers had strong outings.

Tampa Bay’s Jorge Sosa allowed one run and six hits in seven innings. Toronto’s Mark Hendrickson gave up two runs and four hits over 6 1-3 innings.

One day after going 1-for-14 with runners in scoring position, the Blue Jays struggled again early during scoring opportunities.

Toronto loaded the bases with no outs in the first, but scored just once on Carlos Delgado’s sacrifice fly. The Blue Jays failed to score in the second after the first two batters reached.

After going 1-for-6 with runners in scoring position through two innings, the Blue Jays didn’t have another runner reach second until the seventh.

Toronto finished 2-for-13 with runners in scoring position.

“It’s unfortunate,” shortstop Mike Bordick said. “Mark threw a great game and we finally got a couple of clutch hits, which we haven’t gotten in a while. It’s a tough loss.”

Lee tied it at 1 with an opposite-field homer in the fifth. He has 12 RBIsin his past eight games.


The Blue Jays left 14 runners on in Monday’s 10-1 loss to Tampa Bay. … Lee started at first base, one day after getting treatment for a blister on his right foot. He was the DH on Monday night. … Wilson snapped an 0-for-17 slide with a single in the seventh. … Bordick had his seventh consecutive multihit game. He equaled a career-high 14-game hitting streak, the longestactive streak in the AL, with a single in the first.

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