ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (620 WDAE) -- After not being able to take a late lead Friday night, the Tampa Bay Rays ensured that mistake did not happen again Saturday.
Jake Odorizzi pitched into the seventh inning, and Kevin Kiermaier and Matt Joyce each drove in three runs as the Rays even their three-game series with the Toronto Blue Jays with a 10-3 win.
Tampa Bay got on the board in the bottom of the first inning, as Kevin Kiermaier doubled off Drew Hutchinson, moved to third on a fly ball by Ben Zobrist, and scored on a sacrifice fly by Matt Joyce.
Toronto evened the game in the top of the second when Kiermaier misplayed what would have been a Colby Rasmus single into a triple and Juan Francisco brought the Toronto centerfielder with a sacrifice fly.
The Blue Jays took the lead in the fourth, as Jose Bautista reached on a throwing error by Sean Rodriguez, moved to third on a base hit by Dan Johnson, and scored on a single by Dioner Navarro.
The Rays drew even in the bottom of the fourth when James Loney singled, moved to second on a single by Yunel Escobar, and scored on a base hit by Jose Molina.
The game remained tied until the sixth, when Tampa Bay loaded the bases off Hutchinson with a walk to Loney, single by Brandon Guyer and walk to Escobar with nobody out. Joe Maddon then went to the bench and had Cole Figueroa pinch-hit for Sean Rodriguez, who drew a walk to break the tie.
John Gibbons then went to left-hander J.A. Happ, who gave up a two-run single to Kiermaier, RBI single to Zobrist, and a two-run base hit to Matt Joyce to quickly make it 8-2.
Odorizzi allowed a leadoff double in the seventh to Francisco and an RBI single to Anthony Gose to make it 8-3 in the seventh before departing with two out. Joel Peralta struck out Cabrera to end the inning and ensure Odorizzi picked up his fifth win of the year.
The Rays loaded the bases again in the seventh with nobody out, and got a run-scoring hit from Kiermaier and a sacrifice fly by Zobrist to set the score.
Tampa Bay will look to close out the first half of their schedule with a victory, as David Price (8-7, 3.48 ERA) takes on R.A. Dickey (7-8, 3.86 ERA). First pitch is scheduled for 1:40, with coverage on WDAE starting at 11:30 with the Suncoast Hyundai Dealers Inside Pitch.