ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Matt Moore won his sixth straight decision to start the season, Evan Longoria drove in three runs, and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Toronto Blue Jays 10-4 on Wednesday night.
Moore (6-0) overcame control issues, allowing two runs, six hits and four walks in five innings. The left-hander threw 104 pitches, including 56 strikes, during his seventh start of the year.
Longoria had a two-run homer and RBI single, and Kelly Johnson had three hits, including a two-run shot.
The Rays lost the first two games of the series, blowing a seven-run lead Monday and a three-run advantage Tuesday.
Struggling Blue Jays starter Ricky Romero (0-2) gave up three run-scoring singles and got just one out during his second outing this year. The left-hander lost his rotation spot after a poor spring training and remained in Florida when the season began to work on mechanics.
Less than 24 hours after he was hit on the head by a line drive and carted off the field, Toronto pitcher J.A. Happ was back at Tropicana Field.
The 30-year-old said he had a skull fracture behind his left ear that doctors believe will heal on its own, as well as a sore right knee that he tweaked when he dropped to the ground Tuesday night. He does not have a concussion.
“I feel really fortunate,” Happ said after limping into a room at the ballpark for a news conference and climbing a couple steps to sit down behind a table.
After Edwin Encarnacion put the Blue Jays up 2-0 with a two-run homer, Tampa Bay took a 3-2 lead in the bottom of the first on bases-loaded singles by Longoria, James Loney and Luke Scott off Romero.
Tampa Bay went ahead 4-2 in the second on Ben Zobrist’s RBI single. Longoria made it 6-2 on his two-run drive during the fourth.
Johnson’s homer came in a four-run sixth that extended the Tampa Bay lead to 10-2. He has 13 RBIs over his last 10 games.
Toronto loaded the bases with two outs in the fifth, but failed to score when Moore struck out Mark DeRosa on a 3-2 pitch.
Encarnacion drove in his third run with a sacrifice fly in a two-run seventh.
NOTES: Romero has lost 15 of his last 16 decisions, … Joe Maddon won his 600th game as Rays manager, but wasn’t around to see the end after being ejected by plate umpire Scott Barry in the sixth. It was the second straight game Maddon was tossed by the umpires. … The Blue Jays placed Happ on the 15-day disabled list and purchased the contract of RHP Edgar Gonzalez from Triple-A Buffalo. … Loney and Scott both had two RBIs. … Thursday night’s series finale will have Toronto knuckleballer R.A. Dickey (2-5) going against Tampa Bay’s David Price (1-3) in a matchup of reigning Cy Young Award winners.
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