Encarnacion, Blue Jays top RaysMay 20, 2013 - 11:43 PM Toronto, ON (Sports Network) - Edwin Encarnacion's bases-clearing double in the seventh inning lifted the Toronto Blue Jays to a 7-5 win over the Tampa Bay Rays in the opener of a three-game set.
R.A. Dickey (4-5) surrendered three runs -- two earned -- over his first three innings, but settled down and didn't allow another run over his last five frames. He struck out five in all and gave up four hits and four walks in the win.
"He was on a nice little roll," Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said. "If you look at the way he's pitched, he usually gets a little stronger as the game goes on. He finds that groove."
Melky Cabrera added an RBI double among his two hits for Toronto, which has won five of its last seven tilts.
Evan Longoria tallied two hits, two RBI and a run scored, while Yunel Escobar smacked a two-run homer for the Rays, who had won nine of their last 11 contests.
Jake Odorizzi, who was acquired from the Kansas City in the deal that sent James Shields to the Royals, started in place of the injured David Price and fanned six, but allowed three runs on five hits and a walk over five innings.
"I saw the typical good composure, some nice stuff," Rays manager Joe Maddon said.
Maddon also said Odorizzi's curve ball was effective.
"It was really good. When you see good hitters take bad swings, you know how good the pitch is. I thought it was exceptional," Maddon said.
The game was tied 3-3 before the Blue Jays broke it open in the seventh.
Josh Lueke (0-1) replaced Jake McGee to start the frame and walked three of the first five hitters to load the bags for Encarnacion with two outs. Encarnacion laced an 0-1, belt-high splitter into the left field corner and Toronto took a 6-3 advantage.
The Blue Jays added an insurance run in the eighth on Kawasaki's RBI triple. Casey Janssen finished the contest off in the ninth despite allowing a two- run blast to Escobar.
Earlier, Sam Fuld's RBI groundout in the second got the Rays on the board before Toronto countered in the home half on Melky Cabrera's RBI double, which gave Toronto a 3-1 margin.
Tampa Bay pushed two across in the third on Longoria's two-out, two-run double.
Toronto was 3-for-9 with runners in scoring position, while Tampa Bay finished 2-for-10 with RISP ... Odorizzi was 4-0 with a 3.83 ERA in eight starts at Triple-A Durham this season.
- TAMPA BAY: 5
May 20 3:54 PM
- Yunel Escobar two-out, two-run Home Run (4) to left scored Luke Scott. Desmond Jennings due up.
Rays 5, Blue Jays 7 Top 9, 2 OutsMay 20 3:49 PM
- Munenori Kawasaki tripled to right scored Henry Blanco. Runner on third with two outs and Anthony Gose due up.
Rays 3, Blue Jays 7 Bot 8, 2 OutsMay 20 3:35 PM
- Edwin Encarnacion doubled to left scored Emilio Bonifacio, Munenori Kawasaki and Jose Bautista. Runner on second with two outs and Adam Lind due up.
Rays 3, Blue Jays 6 Bot 7, 2 OutsMay 20 3:13 PM
- Evan Longoria doubled to right scored Matt Joyce and Ben Zobrist. Runner on second with two outs and James Loney due up.
Rays 3, Blue Jays 3 Top 3, 2 OutsMay 20 2:01 PM
- Melky Cabrera doubled to right scored Henry Blanco. Runner on second with two outs and Jose Bautista due up.
Rays 1, Blue Jays 3 Bot 2, 2 OutsMay 20 1:51 PM
- Sam Fuld grounded into a fielder's choice, second to short scored Evan Longoria, Luke Scott out at second. Runner on first with two outs and Jose Lobaton due up.
Rays 1, Blue Jays 2 Top 2, 2 OutsMay 20 1:39 PM
- Brett Lawrie tripled to right center scored Edwin Encarnacion. Runner on third with two outs and Colby Rasmus due up.
Rays 0, Blue Jays 2 Bot 1, 2 OutsMay 20 1:28 PM
- Adam Lind sacrifice fly to left scored Melky Cabrera. On the play, Edwin Encarnacion advances to third on Yunel Escobar error. Runner on third with two outs and Brett Lawrie due up.
Rays 0, Blue Jays 1 Bot 1, 2 OutsMay 20 1:28 PM
- TAMPA BAY: 0
Top 1, 0 Outs
May 20 1:09 PM
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