Back-to-back triples lead Rays to win
Longoria, Zobrist key four-run sixth inning in victory over Jays
RAYS 5, BLUE JAYS 2
at St. Petersburg, Fla.
Saturday, March 1
Rays at the plate: Tampa Bay was down 2-0, but back-to-back RBI triples by Evan Longoria and Ben Zobrist led to a four-run sixth inning. Mike DiFelice had an RBI single, and Justin Ruggiano had a single and run scored. Longoria's blast off the center-field wall drove in two, while's Zobrist sharp hit down the left-field line scored Longoria. Off the bench, Elliot Johnson was 2-for-2 with two doubles and two runs scored.
Blue Jays at the plate: John McDonald's sacrifice fly broke a scoreless tie in the second. Aaron Hill doubled and scored both of the Blue Jays' runs. Rod Barajas had an RBI single in the fourth.
Rays on the mound: Starter James Shields was charged with one earned run, one hit, one walk and a hit batter over two innings. Al Reyes allowed one run and a pair of hits with a strikeout. Dan Wheeler pitched a scoreless fifth inning, allowing one hit. Gary Wheeler pitched one inning, giving up one walk. Scott Dohmann pitched one scoreless inning, allowing two hits. J.P Howell pitched one inning, allowing one hit and striking out one. Mitch Talbot picked up the save, allowing two hits and no runs.
Blue Jays on the mound: Dustin McGowan started and pitched two scoreless innings, allowing two hits. Casey Janssen pitched two scoreless innings, allowing a pair of hits and striking out two. John Parrish pitched a perfect fifth inning. Ryan Ketchner was charged with five hits and four runs in one inning pitched. Jean Machi allowed two hits and one run in one inning pitched. Jesse Carlson pitched one inning, allowing no hits and no runs.
Grapefruit League records: Rays (2-0), Blue Jays (0-3).
Up next: Righty Jeff Niemann will make his spring debut on Sunday when the Rays travel to Bradenton, Fla., to face the Pirates at McKechnie Field at 1:05 p.m. ET.
Blue Jays right-hander A.J. Burnett will also be making his Grapefruit League debut, when Toronto hosts Cincinnati at 12:05 p.m. ET on Sunday at Knology Park in Dunedin, Fla.
Brittany Ghiroli is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.