ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -Toronto turned key hits into a rare road victory.
homered and the
avoided a three-game sweep with a 9-4 victory over the AL East-leading
Tampa Bay Rays
Scutaro hit a three-run homer off
(5-7) during the fifth to put the
ahead 6-4. Rios had a two-run homer in the third and added a run-scoring double during a three-run seventh that extended Toronto's
lead to 9-4.
''It was one of those days where you could relax a little bit,'' Toronto manager
said. ''We had a couple guys get some big hits and that's what we have to do win. Rios had a great day. Scutaro got us going.''
(3-1) threw 1 2-3 scoreless innings for the win. The
won for just the fourth time in their last 17 road games.
had back-to-back homers for the Rays, who dropped to 38-15 at home this season. Tampa Bay took two of three in the weekend
series, but has lost eight of 10 overall.
''Two out of three ain't bad,'' Rays manager Joe Maddon said. ''We did not pitch like we normally do today, and that's why
they beat us.''
hit an RBI grounder before Longoria and Pena launched home runs against
to give the Rays a 4-3 lead in third. Longoria, who fouled two balls off his left ankle before hitting a grand slam off Toronto
ace Roy Halladay Saturday, was the designated hitter instead of at third base.
went up 3-1 on Rios' two-run homer in the top of third. Rios has two hits - both homers - in 17 at-bats against Jackson.
Rios hadn't homered in his previous 71 at-bats, dating back to June 24. He finished 3-for-5 with two doubles.
''It's great,'' said Rios, who has five homers this season. ''I don't have a bunch, but when I get one they're good.''
had a run-scoring single to give Toronto a 1-0 lead in the second, and also hit a seventh-inning sacrifice fly. He has 19
RBIs in 20 games since being recalled from Triple-A Syracuse on June 21.
Parrish allowed four runs and four hits in three innings.
''I really didn't think he had his good stuff,'' Gaston said. ''Physically he's OK. Location wasn't there.''
Jackson went 4 1-3 innings, giving up six runs and eight hits.
''It's a game of mistakes and today they made me pay,'' Jackson said. ''It was one of those days where it wasn't my day.''
Tampa Bay activated closer
(strained left hamstring) from the 15-day disabled list before the game, and he allowed one hit and hit a batter during a
''I didn't feel any problems,'' Percival said. ''My mechanics were a little bit off. I'm still able to throw my fastball where
I wanted it. I needed to see some hitters in a live situation, and now I feel confident that I can go out there and do what
I need to do.''
Notes: Tampa Bay went 0-for-8 with runners in scoring position. Over the last 10 games, the Rays are 8-for-74 in those situations.
... Gaston would not name
as the starting catcher over Zaun, but said Barajas would ''do a little bit more of the catching.'' ... The Rays put reliever
(strained left calf) on the 15-day disabled list. ... Gaston has been impressed by the defensive play of Toronto 3B
. ''Probably the best third baseman I've ever seen,'' Gaston said. ... Longoria has 18 homers this season. The only AL rookie
to have more on July 20 in the last 20 years was Angels' slugger
, who had 20 in 1993.