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Zobrist unlikely hero
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Rays 2, Blue Jays 1
James Shields allowed one run on four hits over seven innings. (J. Meric/AP)
For a while, it looked like the Rays' offensive woes would continue. Then, in the bottom of the seventh, Ben Zobrist hit a two-run homer off A.J. Burnett, giving Tampa Bay a one-run lead. Its bullpen held on, and, with a Red Sox loss, the Rays are back in first.
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Series at a glance:
TOR
Toronto (47-49)
Lost 1
Tampa Bay 2, Toronto 1   TB
Tampa Bay (56-39)
Won 1
July 18, 2008
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Toronto
0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0   1 4 1
Tampa Bay
0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 X   2 5 1
Standings thru 7/18/08  |  Recap: TOR | TB  |  Gameday  |  Blue Jays stats  |  Rays stats
TorontoABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Inglett, 2B3000001.295
Scutaro, SS4000011.257
Rios, CF4010011.284
Stairs, DH3000131.250
Barajas, C4000011.262
Overbay, 1B4020011.272
Rolen, 3B3000002.264
Wilkerson, RF2000101.227
Lind, LF3111001.272
Totals301412710 

BATTING
2B: Overbay (19, Shields).
HR: Lind (4, 3rd inning off Shields, 0 on, 1 out).
TB: Rios; Overbay 3; Lind 4.
RBI: Lind (17).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Wilkerson; Rios.
S: Inglett.
Team LOB: 5.

BASERUNNING
CS: Rios (6, 2nd base by Shields/Navarro).

FIELDING
E: Burnett (4, fielding).
DP: (Scutaro-Inglett-Overbay).
Pickoffs: Burnett (Crawford at 1st base).

 
Tampa BayABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Iwamura, 2B4020012.274
Crawford, LF4010000.270
Upton, CF4000032.272
Pena, 1B3000122.233
Longoria, 3B3000023.272
Floyd, DH3000000.258
Navarro, C2010000.312
Hinske, RF2100102.265
  Gross, RF0000000.223
Zobrist, SS2112100.232
Totals272523811 

BATTING
2B: Navarro (17, Burnett).
HR: Zobrist (4, 7th inning off Burnett, 1 on, 2 out).
TB: Iwamura 2; Crawford; Navarro 2; Zobrist 4.
RBI: Zobrist 2 (6).
2-out RBI: Zobrist 2.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Longoria 2; Iwamura.
GIDP: Longoria.
Team LOB: 5.

BASERUNNING
CS: Iwamura (3, 2nd base by Burnett/Barajas), Crawford (7, 2nd base by Burnett/Barajas).
PO: Crawford (1st base by Burnett).

FIELDING
E: Zobrist (4, throw).

 
TorontoIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Burnett (L, 10-9)7.05223614.84
Downs 1.00000201.65
 
Tampa BayIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Shields (W, 8-6)7.04112413.69
Howell (H, 8)0.20000002.65
Balfour (S, 4)1.10000301.54

HBP: Navarro (by Burnett).
Pitches-strikes: Burnett 106-62, Downs 10-7, Shields 105-65, Howell 11-6, Balfour 20-12.
Ground outs-fly outs: Burnett 9-4, Downs 0-1, Shields 6-10, Howell 2-0, Balfour 0-1.
Batters faced: Burnett 28, Downs 3, Shields 26, Howell 3, Balfour 4.
Inherited runners-scored: Balfour 1-0.
Umpires: HP: Tim McClelland. 1B: Mike DiMuro. 2B: Damien Beal. 3B: Mike Everitt.
Weather: 72 degrees, dome.
Wind: Indoors.
T: 2:27.
Att: 23,706.
July 18, 2008

Box score official statistics approved by Major League Baseball Office of the Commissioner
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