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Rays drop rookie duel
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Blue Jays 5, Rays 1
Jeff Niemann struggled vs. the Jays after back-to-back dominant victories. (AP)
After pulling out several comeback wins on their 10-game road trip, the Rays couldn't find the magic in the finale, amassing a total of five hits. Carl Crawford's homer accounted for their lone run, which wasn't enough to pick up Jeff Niemann, who allowed five runs in 6 2/3 innings.
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Series at a glance:
TB
Tampa Bay (54-45)
Lost 1
Toronto 5, Tampa Bay 1   TOR
Toronto (48-51)
Won 1
July 26, 2009
   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   R   H   E 
Tampa Bay
0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0   1 5 0
Toronto
0 0 0 3 0 1 1 0 X   5 10 0
Standings thru 7/26/09  |  Recap: TB | TOR  |  Gameday  |  Rays stats  |  Blue Jays stats
Tampa Bay AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Upton, B, CF 4 0 1 0 0 2 0 .242
Crawford, C, LF 4 1 1 1 0 2 1 .308
Longoria, 3B 3 0 2 0 1 1 1 .279
Zobrist, 2B 3 0 1 0 1 1 2 .302
Burrell, DH 4 0 0 0 0 2 4 .225
Pena, C, 1B 3 0 0 0 1 1 0 .219
Kapler, RF 3 0 0 0 0 1 1 .244
  a-Gross, PH 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 .270
Navarro, D, C 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 .223
Bartlett, SS 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 .337
Totals 31 1 5 1 3 11 11  

a-Struck out for Kapler in the 9th.

BATTING
2B: Longoria (29, Cecil), Upton, B (25, League).
HR: Crawford, C (10, 6th inning off Cecil, 0 on, 2 out).
TB: Longoria 3; Upton, B 2; Crawford, C 4; Zobrist.
RBI: Crawford, C (43).
2-out RBI: Crawford, C.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Burrell 2; Zobrist.
GIDP: Zobrist.
Team RISP: 0-for-5.
Team LOB: 6.

FIELDING
DP: (Bartlett-Zobrist-Pena, C).

 
Toronto AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Scutaro, SS 4 0 1 1 0 2 0 .288
Hill, A, 2B 4 1 1 0 0 1 2 .287
Lind, DH 3 2 2 0 1 0 2 .300
Rolen, 3B 4 1 2 3 0 0 1 .318
Wells, V, CF 4 0 1 0 0 1 1 .258
Rios, A, RF 4 0 0 0 0 2 1 .264
Overbay, 1B 4 1 2 0 0 0 1 .258
Barajas, C 3 0 0 0 0 1 2 .245
Inglett, LF 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 .167
Totals 33 5 10 4 1 7 10  

BATTING
2B: Lind (33, Niemann), Overbay (22, Niemann).
HR: Rolen (8, 4th inning off Niemann, 2 on, 0 out).
TB: Wells, V; Lind 3; Scutaro; Inglett; Rolen 5; Hill, A; Overbay 3.
RBI: Rolen 3 (40), Scutaro (45).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Lind.
GIDP: Wells, V.
Team RISP: 4-for-8.
Team LOB: 5.

BASERUNNING
SB: Inglett (2, 3rd base off Choate/Navarro, D).

FIELDING
DP: (Scutaro-Hill, A-Overbay).

 
Tampa Bay IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Niemann (L, 9-5) 6.2 9 5 5 1 6 1 3.81
Choate 0.1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2.20
Thayer 0.2 1 0 0 0 1 0 3.52
Nelson, J 0.1 0 0 0 0 0 0 4.06
 
Toronto IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Cecil (W, 4-1) 7.0 4 1 1 3 7 1 4.27
League 1.0 1 0 0 0 3 0 4.60
Frasor 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2.13

Pitches-strikes: Niemann 94-64, Choate 5-3, Thayer 13-9, Nelson, J 2-2, Cecil 99-57, League 16-11, Frasor 13-10.
Groundouts-flyouts: Niemann 7-6, Choate 0-1, Thayer 1-0, Nelson, J 0-1, Cecil 5-7, League 0-0, Frasor 0-1.
Batters faced: Niemann 29, Choate 1, Thayer 3, Nelson, J 1, Cecil 27, League 4, Frasor 3.
Inherited runners-scored: Choate 2-0, Nelson, J 1-0.
Umpires: HP: Gary Darling. 1B: Jerry Meals. 2B: Mike Estabrook. 3B: Paul Emmel.
Weather: 68 degrees, roof closed.
Wind: 0 mph, None.
T: 2:25.
Att: 30,610.
Venue: Rogers Centre.
July 26, 2009
July 26, 2009

Box score official statistics approved by Major League Baseball Office of the Commissioner
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