The Tampa Bay Rays offense, which had been MIA for much of the past week, resurfaced as the Rays defeated the Toronto Blue Jays 9-4.
After scoring a run in the first, Tampa exploded for six runs in the second, sending seven batters to the plate before a single out was recorded. Ben Francisco led off the inning with a home run in his first start for the Rays, and Ben Zobrist hit a two run bases loaded single to highlight the scoring. The Rays scored single runs in the third and fourth inning, with Francisco driving in another run on a ground rule double.
David Price worked out of trouble until the seventh, when the Blue Jays loaded loaded the bases one out. A sacrifice fly drove in one run, and an infield hit to the mound by Adam Lind drove in a second run, cutting the lead to 9-2. Price exited after the single, ending with 6.2 innings of work, giving up two runs on six hits, four walks, and a hit batter, while notching seven strikeouts. The Blue Jays added two more runs in the ninth as Edwin Encarnacion homered, but the Rays held on for the 9-4 victory.
The victory leads the Rays 3.5 games behind the New York Yankees, as a pivotal three game series with the Yankees begins on Monday.