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Stairs, Lind power Blue Jays past Devil Rays

Sep 29, 2007 - 3:56 AM TORONTO (Ticker) -- Matt Stairs and Adam Lind homered to help the Toronto Blue Jays rally for a 5-4 victory over the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in Friday's weekend series opener.

Toronto trailed, 3-1, in the fifth inning before Stairs belted his 21st blast over the right field fence against rookie Andy Sonnanstine to make it a one-run contest.

An inning later, Frank Thomas doubled and came home on Aaron Hill's game-tying RBI double to chase Sonnanstine (6-10) in favor of reliever Jon Switzer, who gave up the go-ahead two-run homer to Lind on the first pitch.

"(Lind) hit a hanging slider," Switzer said. "It was just a bad pitch. He got it and did what he's supposed to do."

"I felt good about (the lefthander) Switzer coming in on Lind," Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon said. "It was all right there for us, but (Toronto) foiled the plan."

The home run was Lind's 10th and his eighth blast at the Rogers Centre.

"I was just looking for something out over the plate and get (Hill) over to third base with less than two outs," Lind said. "I'm just trying to have patience and wait for my pitch. Any home run is kind of cool."

Toronto's Dustin McGowan (12-10) went six-plus innings for the win, giving up four runs and six hits with six strikeouts.

"A win's always good to finish the season off," said McGowan, who has a 1.97 ERA in his last nine home starts. "I'm very pleased with what I've done this year. I think I've made some big strides."

Two Blue Jays relievers bridged the gap to closer Jeremy Accardo, who registered the final three outs in the ninth for his 30th save.

"I just hear that (30 saves) is a big number," Accardo said. "It doesn't mean that much to me, but it's a nice thing to accomplish especially the way the season's gone."

Thomas opened the scoring in the fourth with his RBI single to plate Alex Rios, who doubled to lead off the frame.

The 24-year-old Sonnanstine surrendered four runs and six hits with four strikeouts through five-plus frames.

"I feel like the first time through the lineup I'm cruising, and then the next time through I'm really getting hurt," Sonnanstine said. "I really need to mix it up or do something different."

"He was going along rather well and then they had that inning there," Maddon said. "We did a lot of things well, but there were certain things we didn't do well and they beat us."

Jorge Velandia hit a two-run shot and Carlos Pena added his 45th homer during a three-run fifth for the Devil Rays, who dropped their third straight outing.








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    FINAL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    TAMPA BAY 0 0 0 0 3 0 1 0 0 4 8 1
    TORONTO 0 0 0 1 1 3 0 0 x 5 9 1 (FINAL)

    BATTERIES: TAM - ANDY SONNANSTINE, JON SWITZER (6TH), SCOTT DOHMANN (6TH), DAN
    WHEELER (8TH) AND RAUL CASANOVA
    TOR - DUSTIN MCGOWAN, SCOTT DOWNS (7TH), JASON FRASOR
    (8TH), JE

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    AT TORONTO - SCORING UPDATE
    FIELDER'S CHOICE BY JORGE VELANDIA SCORED JUSTIN RUGGIANO.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, J VELANDIA ON FIRST, J WILSON ON THIRD, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: TAMPA BAY 4
    TORONTO 5 TOP, 7TH
    DUE UP FOR TAMPA BAY: C PENA (.281, 2-FOR-2, BB, HR, RBI)

    Rays vs. Blue JaysSep 28 9:02 PM


  • AL
    AT TORONTO - SCORING UPDATE
    TWO-RUN HOME RUN BY ADAM LIND (10) TO RIGHT CENTER WITH 0
    OUT IN THE 6TH OFF JON SWITZER SCORED AARON HILL.
    CURRENT SCORE: TAMPA BAY 3, TORONTO 5
    DUE UP FOR TORONTO: G ZAUN (.242, 0-FOR-1, BB)

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    AT TORONTO - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY AARON HILL SCORED FRANK THOMAS.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, A HILL ON SECOND, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: TAMPA BAY 3
    TORONTO 3 BOTTOM, 6TH
    DUE UP FOR TORONTO: A LIND (.236, 0-FOR-2)

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    AT TORONTO - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY MATT STAIRS (21) TO RIGHT WITH 2 OUT IN
    THE 5TH OFF ANDY SONNANSTINE.
    CURRENT SCORE: TAMPA BAY 3, TORONTO 2
    DUE UP FOR TORONTO: A RIOS (.297, 1-FOR-2)

    Rays vs. Blue JaysSep 28 8:25 PM


  • AL
    AT TORONTO - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY CARLOS PENA (45) TO RIGHT WITH 2 OUT IN
    THE 5TH OFF DUSTIN MCGOWAN.
    CURRENT SCORE: TAMPA BAY 3, TORONTO 1
    DUE UP FOR TAMPA BAY: G NORTON (.244, 0-FOR-2)

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    AT TORONTO - SCORING UPDATE
    TWO-RUN HOME RUN BY JORGE VELANDIA (2) TO LEFT CENTER WITH
    2 OUT IN THE 5TH OFF DUSTIN MCGOWAN SCORED JOSH WILSON.
    CURRENT SCORE: TAMPA BAY 2, TORONTO 1
    DUE UP FOR TAMPA BAY: C PENA (.280, 1-FOR-1, BB)

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    AT TORONTO - SCORING UPDATE
    ERROR BY ANDY SONNANSTINE ALLOWED ALEX RIOS TO SCORE.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, F THOMAS ON SECOND, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: TAMPA BAY 0
    TORONTO 1 BOTTOM, 4TH
    DUE UP FOR TORONTO: A HILL (.289, 0-FOR-1)

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