by Steve Carney
Luke Scott's worked a bases-loaded walk in the bottom of the tenth inning off Brad Lincoln to give the Tampa Bay Rays a 5-4 victory in Thursday's finale of their four-game series with the Toronto Blue Jays.
Tampa Bay rally got started with two out, as Evan Longoria doubled off Aaron Loup, and James Loney was intentionally walked. Right-hander Brad Lincoln walked Ryan Roberts, but was ahead of Luke Scott 0-2 before Scott fouled off a pitch, then took four straight outside the strike zone to force in Longoria and end the game.
The Rays took another early lead, this time scoring twice in the first inning of R.A. Dickey. Kelly Johnson started the scoring as he doubled and came home two batters later on Longoria's first double of the game. Loney drew a walk, and Matt Joyce singled to right field, with Longoria just beating the throw from Jose Bautista to make it 2-0.
Toronto drew within a run in the second, as Edwin Encarnacion was hit by a pitch by David Price, went to second base on a groundout by Mark DeRosa, and scored on a single by Brett Lawrie.
The Blue Jays tied the game an inning later, as Rajai Davis reached on a throwing error with one out, advanced a base on a Melky Cabrera groundout and scored on a double by Bautista. Edwin Encarnacion then blooped a broken bat single just out of the reach of second baseman Ben Zobrist in right field to plate Bautista for Toronto's first lead.
Ben Zobrist knotted the game up again in the bottom of the third, as he tripled off Dickey with one out and scored two batters later on a passed ball.
Toronto regained the lead in the fifth, as Davis singled, stole both second and third, and scored two batters later on a sacrifice fly by Bautista.
The Rays again drew even in the seventh, when Yunel Escobar led off the inning with a home run to centerfield off reliever Steve Delabar.
Price gutted his way through the first eight innings, and Tampa Bay looked like they were going to break the tie in the bottom of the eighth, as Longoria singled and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Loney. Roberts flied out, and Scott singled into right field. However, Bautista was able to nail Longoria at the plate this time, and the game remained tied.
Kyle Farnsworth improved to 2-0 after pitching a perfect tenth inning.
Tampa Bay welcomes the San Diego Padres to town for a three-game series starting Friday. The opener will feature Alex Cobb (4-2, 2.79 ERA) taking on Edinson Volquez (3-3, 5.50 ERA). First pitch is scheduled for 7:10, with coverage starting on 620 WDAE at 6:00 with the Suncoast Hyundai Dealers Inside Pitch.