Rays Fall Short Against Toronto, Lose 5-4

By David Hill

The Rays five game winning streak has gone by the wayside, as they fell for the second consecutive game on Friday. This time, the Toronto Blue Jays used a two run sixth inning, breaking open a tie game and holding on as the Rays lost 5-4.

The Blue Jays initially took the lead in the bottom of the second. After the Rays had taken a 1-0 lead, starter Jake Odorizzi gave up two home runs, a two run homer to Brett Lawrie and a solo shot to Ricardo Nanita. Overall, Odorizzi gave up the three runs in his two innings of work, but also had some positives, as he recorded three strikeouts.

Tampa tied the game in the top of the fifth. Desmond Jennings essentially manufactured one of the runs almost on his own, getting a base hit, then stealing second and third before scoring on a sacrifice fly to cut the lead to one. Shelley Duncan, one of the candidates fighting for the backup first baseman/corner outfielder spots, then tied the game with a solo home run.

In the bottom of the sixth, the Blue Jays took the lead for good. Mike Montgomery gave up three hits and a walk in his inning of work, including RBI singles to Andy LaRoche and Adam Loewen. Although the Rays got a run back in the top of the seventh, they were unable to come all the way back, falling 5-4.

Blue Jays starter Mark Buehrle pitched the first two innings, giving up a run on three hits and a walk while striking out two batters. Dave Bush picked up the win, pitching a scoreless sixth.

Jennings ended the day 1-1 with two walks, two stolen bases and two runs scored.