Roberts’ Hit Breaks Tie, Rays Top Blue Jays 8-5
TORONTO (AP) — Ryan Roberts singled home the tiebreaking run in the eighth inning and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Toronto Blue Jays 8-5 on Friday night.
Evan Longoria, Wil Myers, Kelly Johnson and Ben Zobrist all went deep off Toronto starter Esmil Rogers, but it was former Blue Jay Roberts whose two-out single off Steve Delabar was the key in lifting the Rays to their 15th win in 17 games.
Zobrist and Myers both had three hits, each coming within a triple of the cycle.
Jose Bautista hit a two-run homer for the Blue Jays, who got solo shots from Edwin Encarnacion, Brett Lawrie and J.P. Arencibia, but couldn’t protect a 4-1 lead, losing for the ninth time in 12 games.
David Price (4-5) pitched seven innings for the win.
Johnson singled off Brett Cecil (3-1) to begin the eighth, bringing Delabar on in relief.