ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -Rookie All-Star
paid the price for a memorable moment.
Longoria hit his first career grand slam during a five-run sixth and
threw 7 2-3 scoreless innings to help the AL East-leading
Tampa Bay Rays
Toronto Blue Jays
6-4 on Saturday night.
Longoria has struggled recently, going 3-for-23 with no RBIs in his previous seven games. He broke out the slide in a big
way with the bases-clearing drive off Toronto ace
(11-7) to put the Rays ahead 5-0.
''Definitely one of my more prouder at-bats,'' said Longoria, who fouled two balls off his left ankle during a 10-pitch at-bat.
''He's a tough pitcher. He was just making pitches. It was all I could do with them until he finally threw the one over the
plate I could handle.''
Longoria underwent treatment and had the ankle wrapped after the game, but he expects to play in Sunday's game.
''Unbelieveable,'' Rays first baseman
said of Longoria's homer. ''To keep his focus after hitting himself. I know that hurts. Then come up that huge hit, that says
a lot about how good a hitter he is.''
Garza (8-5) allowed two hits - coming on singles in the third by
during the seventh - and struck out six. The right-hander was coming off a start on July 12 when he gave up seven runs and
11 hits in five innings of an 8-4 loss at Cleveland.
''I was just trying to match him (Halladay) and I was able to,'' Garza said.
The Rays have won two in a row following a seven-game losing streak. Tampa Bay has a 1 1-2 game lead over Boston, which lost
4-2 to the
Los Angeles Angels
Halladay allowed five runs and eight hits - including seven in the sixth - in six innings. He dropped to 8-2 in his last 13
''That's what good teams do,'' Halladay said. ''They get guys on and when you make a mistake, they capitalize on it.''
Scutaro had a two-run single,
hit an RBI grounder and
drove in a run with a double in the ninth for Toronto, which has lost seven of eight against Tampa Bay this season.
got the final two outs for his fourth save.
opened the sixth with a single that bounced over Rolen at third base and then advanced to second on
's bunt single. The Rays loaded the bases when
reached on an infield single that traveled about 45 feet and stopped on the first-base line.
made it 1-0 with an RBI single, a soft liner into left-center field. One out later, Longoria hit his 17th homer.
Toronto pitching coach
was ejected by plate umpire Mike DiMuro in the seventh. Arnsberg was tossed after he went to the mound to talk with reliever
DiMuro also ejected
after he hit
with a pitch with one out in the eighth. Navarro had reached on a bunt single in his previous at-bat, three batters after
Longoria's homer gave the Rays a five-run advantage.
''We were just trying to score runs,'' Navarro said.
Rays manager Joe Maddon thinks Navarro was hit intentionally.
''I really disagree with that they did,'' Maddon said. ''We'll stop trying to score runs when they stop trying. Maybe in 1922
you wouldn't do that because nobody could hit a home run. But in the year 2008, people can hit home runs. You see how they
came back. Once again in baseball, for me, there are moments when people definitely mentally move at a glacier pace and they
really have to get beyond it. It stunk.''
League said the pitch was sinker that got away from him.
''I don't know what the umpire was thinking,'' League said. ''It caught me off guard. It was just a weird game.''
hit a solo homer leading-off the eighth that extended the Rays' lead to 6-0.
Notes: Singer MC Hammer took batting practice with Tampa Bay principal owner Stuart Sternberg and hit two balls off the left-field
wall. Hammer was at Tropicana Field to perform in a postgame concert. ... Halladay is 9-6 all-time against Tampa Bay. ...
(strained left hamstring) threw off a bullpen mound and took part in fielding drills, and could return in the next couple
days. ... Tampa Bay SS
(sprained right knee) is scheduled to run the bases Monday and Tuesday, and then may go out on a minor league rehab assignment.
... Upton, who hit .208 in his previous 25 games, was dropped from third to seventh in the lineup. He went 1-for-3 with a