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Upton, Crawford, Aybar homer as Rays beat Jays 4-1

Jul 1, 2009 - 3:36 AM TORONTO(AP) -- Right from the first pitch, the Tampa Bay Rays had their power stroke going.

B.J. Upton homered to leadoff the game, Carl Crawford and Willy Aybar added solo shots and the Rays won their seventh straight game Tuesday night, 4-1 over the Toronto Blue Jays.

"We really lived by the long ball," Rays manager Joe Maddon said. "We didn't have to do the speed game today."

The Rays finished June with a team-record 41 homers and are the only squad in the major leagues with more than 100 homers (105) and 100 steals (121).

Matt Garza (6-5) allowed one run and seven hits in seven innings, walked three and struck out three to win consecutive starts for the first time since April 30 and May 5.

"Garza struggled a little bit with command," Maddon said. "But overall, his stuff is so good he was able to fight through some moments." Garza is 4-2 with a 0.60 ERA in his past six starts against the Blue Jays. The right-hander is 2-2 with a 0.91 ERA in four career starts in Toronto but was at a loss to explain his dominance against Toronto.

"I'd love to be this stingy in any ballpark also," Garza said. "There's no answer."

J.P. Howell worked the ninth for his sixth save.

Upton hit his second career leadoff homer off, drilling the first pitch from Scott Richmond over the wall in left-center for his seventh homer.

"I was just looking for a pitch to hit, ready to hit right from the first pitch," Upton said. "I got a pitch I liked and hit it out of the ballpark."

The Blue Jays tied it in the second when Scott Rolen singled to extend his hitting streak to a career-high 18 games and scored when Lyle Overbay grounded into a double play.

Crawford put the Rays in front to stay in the third with a one-out homer, his eighth of the year.

"It was a slider down and in," Crawford said. "He struck me out with it in the first inning and I was able to stay on it for the home run."

Aybar made it 3-1 with a leadoff shot in the sixth, his seventh.

Richmond allowed three runs and six hits in seven innings. He walked five and struck out seven.

Ben Zobrist capped Tampa Bay's scoring with a sacrifice fly in the eighth off reliever Jesse Carlson.

Toronto has scored just six runs in its past four games, all losses, the first time this season they've lost four straight at home. The Blue Jays are .138 (4 for 29) with runners in scoring position in that stretch, leaving manager Cito Gaston pondering changes to his batting order.

"Some of the guys are hitting but the guys that we need to drive in runs are not swinging the bats at all," Gaston said. "We'll think about doing something (Wednesday), trying to get guys in the right spots."

The Blue Jays never mounted much of a threat in this one. Rolen grounded into a fielder's choice with runners at first and second to end the third and Vernon Wells flied out to end the fifth, stranding runners at second and third.

Garza left after Aaron Hill's leadoff walk in the seventh and Wells followed with a single against Chad Bradford. Hill took third on Rolen's fly out before Randy Choate came on and struck out Adam Lind, then got Overbay to fly to left. Overbay is hitless in 13 at-bats and Wells is stuck in a 2 for 19 slump.

NOTES: Rays 3B Evan Longoria, who missed time with a tight left hamstring earlier this month, was held out of the starting lineup but pinch-hit in the eighth and flied out. ... Blue Jays closer Scott Downs, out since June 18 with a sore toe, threw off the bullpen mound and will try fielding drills in the coming days, Gaston said. Downs is eligible to come off the DL Friday when the Blue Jays open a three-game series at New York. ... Toronto rookie LHP Brett Cecil made his first career relief appearance in the ninth.






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    Rays 4, Blue Jays 1  FinalJul 1 9:07 AM


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

    BATTERIES: TAM - MATT GARZA, CHAD BRADFORD (8TH), RANDY CHOATE (8TH), J.P.
    HOWELL (9TH) AND DIONER NAVARRO
    TOR - SCOTT RICHMOND, JESSE CARLSON (8TH), BRANDON
    LEAGUE (8TH), BR

    Jun 30 10:27 PM


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    AT TORONTO - SCORING UPDATE
    SACRIFICE FLY BY BEN ZOBRIST SCORED WILLY AYBAR.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, C PENA ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: TAMPA BAY 4
    TORONTO 1 TOP, 8TH
    DUE UP FOR TAMPA BAY: P BURRELL (.230, 0-FOR-2, BB)

    Rays 4, Blue Jays 1  Top 8, 0 OutsJun 30 9:35 PM


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    AT TORONTO - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY WILLY AYBAR (7) TO RIGHT WITH 0 OUT IN THE
    6TH OFF SCOTT RICHMOND.
    CURRENT SCORE: TAMPA BAY 3, TORONTO 1
    DUE UP FOR TAMPA BAY: C PENA (.236, 0-FOR-2)

    Rays 3, Blue Jays 1  Top 6, 0 OutsJun 30 8:48 PM


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    AT TORONTO - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY CARL CRAWFORD (8) TO RIGHT WITH 1 OUT IN
    THE 3RD OFF SCOTT RICHMOND.
    CURRENT SCORE: TAMPA BAY 2, TORONTO 1
    DUE UP FOR TAMPA BAY: W AYBAR (.273, 0-FOR-1)

    Rays 2, Blue Jays 1  Top 3, 0 OutsJun 30 7:52 PM


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    AT TORONTO - SCORING UPDATE
    LYLE OVERBAY HIT INTO DOUBLE PLAY SCORING SCOTT ROLEN.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, NONE ON, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: TAMPA BAY 1
    TORONTO 1 BOTTOM, 2ND
    DUE UP FOR TORONTO: A RIOS (.263, 9 HR, 37 RBI)

    Rays 1, Blue Jays 1  Bot 2, 0 OutsJun 30 7:45 PM


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

    CURRENT PITCHERS: TAM - MATT GARZA
    TOR - SCOTT RICHMOND

    DUE UP FOR TORONTO: M SCUTARO (.282, 6 HR, 32 RBI)
    A HILL (.302, 19 HR, 56 RBI)
    V WELLS (.248, 7 HR, 36 RBI)

    Rays 1, Blue Jays 0  Bot 1, 0 OutsJun 30 7:14 PM