Bautista, Reyes and Navarro hit home runs, Blue Jays beat Rays 8-5

By , on June 23, 2015


Jose Bautista hits a two-run single (Photo courtesy of The Blue Jays/Tom Szczerbowski)
Jose Bautista hits a two-run single (Photo courtesy of Toronto Blue Jays/Tom Szczerbowski)

PETERSBURG, Fla. – Jose Bautista hit his 15th homer during a four-run sixth inning and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Tampa Bay Rays 8-5 on Monday night.

Jose Reyes and Dioner Navarro also homered for the Blue Jays, who are 2-6 against Tampa Bay this season.

Bautista’s leadoff shot against Matt Andriese (2-2) broke a 3-all tie. Reliever Ronald Belisario gave up the other three runs in the inning that included an RBI double by Chris Colabello.

Drew Hutchison (7-1) allowed three runs and nine hits over five taxing innings. He struck out six, walked two and hit a batter during a 109-pitch outing.

Down 8-5, the Rays loaded the bases with one out in the eighth. Roberto Osuna struck out Steven Souza Jr. and Nick Franklin and pitched the ninth for his first save.

Andriese gave up four runs and five hits in 5 1-3 innings as Tampa Bay lost for the third time in 11 games. The Rays had given up a combined six runs on a just completed 4-1 road trip.

Logan Forsythe hit a solo shot in a two-run seventh that got the Rays within 7-5.

Tampa Bay’s Asdrubal Cabrera was ejected by plate umpire Kerwin Danley for arguing a called third strike in the fifth.

Heading back to the dugout, Cabrera threw his helmet and bat toward the mound, where crew chief Joe West picked them up and gave them to a stadium security official located in the umpire locker room walkway.

A section of stadium lights went out in the top of the fourth, but the decision was made to keep playing after a three-minute delay. Those lights came back on an inning later.

Trainer’s room

Blue Jays: 2B Devon Travis (shoulder) could return this week. … 3B Josh Donaldson was rested.

Rays: RHP Jake Odorizzi (oblique) threw off a mound and could make a rehab start next week. … 1B James Loney (broken left middle finger) is set to take dry swings late this week. … LHP Matt Moore (elbow surgery) appears on target to return late this month or early July.

Up next

Toronto knuckleballer R.A. Dickey (3-6), activated Monday from bereavement list, will face Rays RHP Chris Archer (8-4) Tuesday night. Archer allowed four hits and struck out 18 over 14 scoreless innings in two previous starts this season against Toronto.