TORONTO (Ticker) -- The
Toronto Blue Jays
Tampa Bay Devil Rays
again spent much of the game throwing at each other. But no one seems to know how to pitch to
Johnson had three hits to extend his hitting streak to 20 games and drove in a season-high four runs to power the
to an 8-5 victory over the Devils Rays.
(11-10) hit a pair of
before Toronto starter
was ejected for throwing behind
after giving up
's fifth-inning homer.
"That's baseball. You protect your players," said Huff, who had four hits, including his 32nd homer. "I think we lead the league in hit batsmen, so eventually you know you're probably going to get smoked (at) some time."
Towers was the second
starter in as many days to be ejected for throwing at a hitter.
was thrown out of Monday's contest.
"What happened tonight is unfortunate,"
manager Carlos Tosca said. "Hopefully it's over with. It was an emotional game last night and it was an emotional game tonight. Sometimes your emotions get the best of you."
It also marked the fourth straight game in which the
were involved in a beanball incident. On Saturday, Tampa Bay pitchers plunked three
New York Yankees
hitters. On Sunday,
and the two had strong words.
"There's really no need for it," Devils Rays manager
said. "You certainly don't want to see anyone get hurt. I don't think the umpires lost control. They handled it as well as it possibly could. All we want to do is play baseball." Things quieted down until the ninth, when
, who turned toward the mound. The benchies emptied, but order quickly was restored and Lopez, Crawford and
Johnson doubled and scored in the third, lifted a sacrifice fly in the fourth, hit a two-run homer in the sixth and stroked an RBI single in the eighth. Johnson is batting .391 (34-for-87) during his streak, the longest by a rookie this season,
"I'm just trying to stay with my game plan and not think about numbers," Johnson said. "That's what the offseason is for, to reflect on the numbers and the success that I had."
(3-3) notched the win with 3 1/3 solid innings in relief of Towers.
secured his fourth save, retiring the final two batters after Lopez was tossed.
Zambrano (11-10) took the loss, allowing five runs, five hits and three walks in five innings. The American League leader in hit batsmen drilled Delgado in the thigh in the second and hit
in the fourth, when the
scored three runs to take a 4-2 lead.
"I didn't try to hit anybody," said Zambrano, who set a club record with his 19th and 20th hit batsmen this season. "The hitters need to understand my ball has a lot of movement."
Crawford opened the fifth with a triple and scored on Lugo's 13th homer. That brought up Huff, who had connected for his 32nd homer in the third. Towers fired a pitch behind him and was thrown out by plate umpire Larry Poncino.
"I was a little (ticked) off, but I felt (Poncino) was right," Towers said. "Obviously I've got to do something to pick my boys up. I wanted to send a message. It was a bad situation that I did it in, but I had to do it. Zambrano hit two guys without even a warning. I thought that was terrible."
"I would like to commend Larry Poncino," Tosca said. "I thought he did a great job of keeping order and using very good judgment. Certainly bad blood is not something I'd like to see."
Delgado got even in the bottom half, launching a long drive to center field, his 37th. With one out in the sixth,
singled and Johnson hit his 10th homer off
, making it 7-4. Huff singled and scored in the eighth, but Johnson got back the run with his RBI single in the bottom half.
As hot as he is, Johnson doesn't expect to be a target in Wednesday's game.
"You really can't think about stuff like that," he said. "Usually after nights like this, it kind of settles down a little bit."
With one out in the ninth, Lopez fired a fastball behind Crawford. Players from both teams converged on the field, with Crawford, Sturtze and Delgado having the harshest words. But no punches were thrown.
"It was behind the hitter," Piniella said. "I think he's got a little better control than that."
"It was a hot atmosphere out there," Delgado said. "It's all part of the game. Sometimes in the heat of the moment, people get hit. I'm from the old school. When a guy gets hit on your ballclub, somebody should get hit on the other side."
Tampa Bay fell to 6-2 at SkyDome and 11-6 vs. Toronto this season.