St. Petersburg, FL, United States (4E Sports) – Steve Tolleson’s two-run single in the ninth propelled the Toronto Blue Jays past the Tampa Bay Rays, 8-5 Friday at Tropicana Field.
Starter Mark Buehrle pitched five innings for the Bue Jays, yielding nine hits, walking one.
Aaron Loup (3-2) pitched 1 1/3 scoreless innings to get the win while Casey Janssen worked a perfect ninth for his 14th save.
A sacrifice fly by Evan Longoria in the first gave the Rays a 1-0 advantage.
The Blue Jays took a 3-1 lead in the third as Kawasaki, Cabrera and Jose Bautista crossed home plate as Rays starter Chris Archer struggled.
Jose Reyes singled to drive in two more runs off Archer in the fourth to make it 5-1 before a single by Ben Zobrist cut the Rays deficit to 5-2.
Sean Rodriguez then had a three-run home in the seventh to tie the game at 5-5.
After Tolleson’s two-run single that snapped the tie, Bautista added an RBI single in the ninth.
Rays starter Chris Archer allowed five runs and six hits in five innings.