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Blue Jays get key hits to top Rays 9-4



Sp_291023_shad_rays_12 ST. PETERSBURG (AP) — Toronto turned key hits into a rare road victory.

Alex Rios and Marco Scutaro homered and the Blue Jays avoided a three-game sweep with a 9-4 victory over the AL East-leading Tampa Bay Rays on Sunday. (View photo gallery)

Scutaro hit a three-run homer off Edwin Jackson (5-7) during the fifth to put the Blue Jays ahead 6-4. Rios had a two-run homer in the third and added a run-scoring double during a three-run seventh that extended Toronto's lead to 9-4.

Reliever Shawn Camp (3-1) threw 1 2-3 scoreless innings for the win. The Blue Jays won for just the fourth time in their last 17 road games.

Evan Longoria and Carlos Pena had back-to-back homers for the Rays, who dropped to 38-15 at home this season. Tampa Bay took two of three in the weekend series, but has lost eight of 10 overall.

"Two out of three ain't bad," Rays manager Joe Maddon said. "We did not pitch like we normally do today, and that's why they beat us."

(Pictured: Edwin Jackson wipes the sweat off his brow as Marco Scutaro rounds the bases. Times photo -- Dirk Shadd. Click to enlarge.)

[Last modified: Monday, December 21, 2009 12:37am]


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