Rays hang on for 5-4 win

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The Rays pulled out a 5-4 victory Saturday in Toronto, grabbing a 4-0 lead in the third, then hanging on as Fernando Rodney got the final five outs for his 40th save when B.J. Upton threw out Omar Vizquel at the plate to end the game.

The game marked the return of Jeff Niemann, who was on the DL for 3 1/2 months after breaking his right leg during a Mat 14 game in Toronto, but he left early with injury again, one out into the third due to what the team called "right arm tightness.''

Matt Joyce provided the bulk of the offense for the Rays, with a two-run double in their four-run fourth, and a solo homer in the eighth that temporarily expanded their margin to 5-2.

The Jays were in position to tie when Colby Rasmus singled to center and Vizquel tied to score from second, but Upton aired out his throw and Jose Molina blocked the plate.

None of Rodney's first 39 saves required more than three outs; he had not gotten a five-out save since 2007.

With the win, the Rays, who had lost six of seven, improved to 72-61.

[Last modified: Monday, October 1, 2012 12:40am]

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