TORONTO (CBS) The Rays hit the road after a disappointing series against the Detroit Tigers and took care of business in Toronto Friday night, defeating the Blue Jays 6-1 to open up a seven-game road trip.
James Shields (12-10) went the distance and grabbed his 10th complete game of the year as he went on to give up only one run on six hits tonight, striking out 12.
The Rays’ bats also decided to make an appearance tonight. Evan Longoria hit two solo homers, while Desmond Jennings and John Jaso hit one home run apiece to bring Tampa Bay to a total of four home runs on the night.
This type of performance was needed after a crushing series loss to Detroit at Tropicana Field. The Rays now sit nine games behind Boston in the American League East and 7 1/2 back from New York in the Wild Card hunt.
A perfect combination of stellar pitching and good hitting was all it took for the Rays to take the first of a four-game series in Toronto.
Shields gave up an early home run in the first, but settled down and went on to throw seven scoreless frames. He also did something that seemed practically impossible; He struck out Jays’ slugger Jose Bautista three times tonight, making him the first pitcher to do that since Felix Hernandez back in September of 2009.
Tampa Bay will open up the second game of the series tomorrow at 1:07 PM ET.