Happ picks up win at site of scary in­jury

Winnipeg Free Press - SundayXtra - - SPORTS BASEBALL - By Mark Didtler

Gib­bons said.

Adam Lind home­red twice for the Blue Jays. Jose Bautista hit his 28th homer of the ST. PETERS­BURG, Fla. — J. A. Happ had a sea­son. suc­cess­ful re­turn to Florida three months Happ re­tired nine in a row be­fore Ja­son af­ter a scary in­jury. Bour­geois opened the fourth with a bunt

Happ won in his first game at Trop­i­cana sin­gle down the first base line. Happ fielded Field since get­ting hit in the head by a ball the bunt and landed hard on his right knee and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Tampa while shov­el­ling the ball to first from his Bay Rays 6- 2 on Satur­day. glove. The left- han­der stayed in the game

“It was great,” Happ said. “I was lookafter mak­ing a cou­ple of warmup throws. ing for­ward to it. Prob­a­bly haven’t pitched “I kind of landed on the kneecap there, the best here and I was look­ing for­ward to pushed it in,” Happ said. “I just needed a hav­ing the op­por­tu­nity to come and try and cou­ple min­utes to let it die down. It was fine change that up a lit­tle bit. Have a good game. af­ter that.” Keep us in the game.” Ben Zo­brist hit a sac­ri­fice fly and Yunel

Happ ( 3- 2), who suf­fered a skull frac­ture Es­co­bar had a run- scor­ing sin­gle later in the and sprained right knee when he fell to the fourth to get Tampa Bay within 3- 2. ground af­ter get­ting hit with a liner by DesBautista put the Blue Jays up 1- 0 on a solo mond Jen­nings on May 7, al­lowed two runs shot off Roberto Her­nan­dez ( 6- 13) in the and five hits over 5 1/ 3 in­nings. It was his first. Ed­win En­car­na­cion drove in a run with third start over­all since re­turn­ing from the a grounder and Brett Lawrie had an RBI Lind added a solo drive in the eighth. He dis­abled list. sin­gle as Toronto took a 3- 0 lead in the third. move past Ernie Whitt ( 131) into eighth place

“I thought Happ pitched re­ally well,” Rays Lind had a solo shot and Lawrie scored a on the Blue Jays’ ca­reer home run list with man­ager 133. Joe Mad­don said. “You’ve got to nifty base run­ning play to put the Blue Jays con­grat­u­late him, based on what hap­pened ahead 5- 2 in the sixth. Lawrie was on sec­ond Her­nan­dez gave up five runs and seven to him pre­vi­ously, how dif­fi­cult that may and took off for third, catch­ing re­liever Alex hits in 5 2/ 3 in­nings. have been. A big part of our prob­lem tonight Tor­res off guard. The Rays left- han­der made Happ’s out­ing came two days af­ter Tampa was how well he pitched. I thought his stuff a last- sec­ond er­rant throw to third that al­Bay’s Alex Cobb al­lowed one run over five was re­ally good, maybe as good as I’ve seen lowed Lawrie to score. in­nings in the Rays’ 7- 1 vic­tory over Seat­tle, him.” “He did it on his own,” Gib­bons said. “He his first big league game since be­ing hit in

It was Happ’s first vic­tory since beat­ing caught the guy sleep­ing out there, and we the head by a bat­ted ball two months ago. Kansas City on April 12. caught a break throw­ing it away. Brett, he’s Cobb sus­tained a con­cus­sion af­ter be

“He threw great,” Toronto man­ager John feel­ing good about him­self.” ing struck on the right ear by a liner hit by Kansas City’s Eric Hos­mer on June 15 at Trop­i­cana Field.

With a win to­day, the Blue Jays will win a road se­ries against Tampa Bay for the first time since April 2007. That in­for­ma­tion was writ­ten on a mes­sage board in the Toronto club­house.

“Roy Hal­la­day couldn’t beat Tampa,” Lind said. “Ob­vi­ously we know how hard it is to come in here and not just win­ning a se­ries, but win­ning a game.”

— The As­so­ci­ated Press

PHE­LAN M. EBENHACK/ THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Jays re­liever Dar­ren Oliver is con­grat­u­lated by catcher J. P. Aren­cibia af­ter pick­ing up the save.

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