Bautista, Lind and Lawrie power Jays over RaysToronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Ricky Romero pitches to the Tampa Bay Rays during first in the inning of a baseball game in Toronto on Tuesday April 17, 2012. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Frank Gunn)
TORONTO (AP) Jose Bautista, Adam Lind and Brett Lawrie homered and the Toronto Blue Jays took advantage of a three-error game by normally sure-handed Evan Longoria to beat the Tampa Bay Rays 7-3 on Tuesday night.
It was a career worst performance for Longoria, the AL's Gold Glove third baseman in 2009 and 2010. He became the seventh player in Rays history to make three errors in a game.
Matt Joyce homered for the Rays, who have lost six of eight.
Ricky Romero (2-0) allowed three runs and eight hits in six-plus innings. He's won three of his past four starts against the Rays dating to last season.
Longoria's misplays resulted in three unearned runs. Jeff Niemann (0-2) allowed five runs - two earned - on just three hits in five-plus innings.
Bautista got the Blue Jays started with his first homer since Toronto's season opener on April 5, a solo drive to left in the first inning.
Toronto turned Longoria's first two errors into three more runs in the third. J.P. Arencibia led off by reaching when Longoria bobbled his grounder and bounced the throw to first.
Yunel Escobar followed with a potential double-play grounder, but Longoria dropped the ball while taking it out of his glove. One out later, Bautista hit a sacrifice fly and Lind followed with his first homer of the season, a two-run shot.
The Rays scored twice in the fifth. Joyce singled, Sean Rodriguez walked and Reid Brignac hit an RBI single, just his second hit of the season and his first since April 10 at Detroit. Rodriguez scored when Chris Gimenez followed with an infield single.
Longoria's third error, a wild throw to first on Eric Thames' infield single in the sixth, allowed Bautista to score from second, putting Toronto up 5-2.
Joyce hit a leadoff homer in the seventh. The Blue Jays answered in the bottom half when Lind's single off Jake McGee scored Escobar from second.
Lawrie capped it in the eighth with a leadoff shot to center, his second, against Burke Badenhop.
Jason Frasor, Francisco Cordero and Sergio Santos each worked one inning of scoreless relief for the Blue Jays, who had lost seven of their previous nine meetings with the Rays.
NOTES: After eight straight day games, Tampa Bay played at night for just the second time this season. ... Rays OF B.J. Upton (back) was rained out in his rehab start at Double-A Montgomery. Upton will play both game of a doubleheader Wednesday, one in the outfield and one at DH, and remains on track to come off the DL Friday. ... Bautista and Lind homered in the same game for the first time since Aug. 29, 2011, a 7-3 home victory over Tampa Bay in which Romero earned the win. ... Attendance was 15,331, a season low.