Roger Mooney covers the Tampa Bay Rays for The Tampa Tribune, TBO.com and News Channel 8. He has covered the Rays since their first season in 1998, including 11 years for the Bradenton Herald. Roger has also covered Florida, South Florida and Florida State football, the Bucs and the Lightning.
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Rays 5, Jays 4 (11): Another walk-off win
Posted May 23, 2012 by Roger Mooney
Updated May 23, 2012 at 06:33 PM
ST. PETERSBURG The Rays held another one of those on-field celebrations Wednesday afternoon, a gathering near second where B.J. Upton stopped after driving home Rich Thompson with the winning run during the 11th inning of the Rays 5-4 victory against the Blue Jays at the Trop.
It was the fourth walk-off win of the season for the Rays and the 12th in their last 54 home games.
It was the fifth walk-off hit of Upton’s career, four of which have come against the Blue Jays.
The win enabled the Rays to complete the .500 homestand with two straight wins and pick up a game on the first place Orioles, who now lead the AL East by one game.
Here are some notes from the victory:
—Upton extended his hitting streak to seven games. He’s batting .448 during that span with two home runs, four doubles, four RBI, five stolen bases and a .793 slugging percentage.
—James Shields completed seven innings for the first time since April 21 against the Twins. He allowed a solo home run in the first inning to Jose Bautista. It was the fifth time in 10 starts he has allowed a first inning run.
Shields recorded 22 swinging strikes, his most since tossing a complete game May 11, 2011 against the Marlins. Of those swings and misses, 14 came on changeups.
—Carlos Peña is batting 3-for-8 with a home run, three RBI, two walks, three runs and a hit-by-pitch in his two games at the leadoff spot.
—Drew Sutton made his first career start as a cleanup hitter and was 2-for-4 with a two-run double in the first inning and a two-out, infield single in the ninth.
—Joel Peralta suffered his third blown save of the season. He has allowed five home runs this year.
—The Rays are 10-5 in series finales this season … They are 2-1 in extra-inning games. Since 2007, the Rays are a major league-best 45-23 in extra-inning games … The Rays are 11-3 in one-run games, the second-best mark in the majors.