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 8, Blue Jays 5: Odds and ends from a win
Posted May 23, 2012 by Roger Mooney
Updated May 23, 2012 at 12:26 AM
ST. PETERSBURG The Rays beat the Blue Jays 8-5 on Tuesday in a game that didn’t have to be that close.
The Rays led 6-0 after four innings, but rookie Matt Moore struggled in the fifth, walking the bases loaded before allowing a two-run single to Jose Bautista, and a pair of errors on one play led to two more runs.
“We let them up,” manager Joe Maddon said. “That’s why that game was close.”
The Rays snapped a two-game losing streak and can, with a win this afternoon, finish this homestand with a .500 record.
Here are some tidbits from the win …
—Carlos Peña and Luke Scott homered in the same game for only the second time this season. The first was in a 5-0 win against the Angels on April 24.
Peña became the third power-hitter following Evan Longoria and Matt Joyce to homer in their first career start as a leadoff hitter. Longoria and Joyce did it last season.
Peña was hitless in his previous five games and was 0-for-19 before driving one off the roof of the restaurant in center field. The three-run homer was his third hit in 30 at-bats with runners in scoring position.
—B.J. Upton homered on consecutive games for the first time since last July. He is 10-for-23 in his last six games after going 8-for-50 in his first 14 games of the month.
—Wade Davis picked up his first career win as a reliever.
—Fernando Rodney is now perfect in his 14 save opportunities this season. He’s two saves away from tying the team record for the most consecutive saves to begin a season. He is also one of three closers to not blow a save this season, joining Baltimore’s Jim Johnson (16-for-16) and Philadelphia’s Jonathon Papelbon (13-for-13).
Nine of Rodney’s 14 saves have been perfect. He has allowed only one earned run in 20 2/3 innings this season.
—The Rays failed to draw a walk for only the second time this season.
—The 14 hits were the most for the Rays at the Trop this season. The eight runs matched their season-high at home.
—The seven extra-base hits were a season-high.
—Drew Sutton, making his Rays debut, had two hits, including an RBI double.