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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

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.

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