Happ picks up win at site of scary injury
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
Jays reliever Darren Oliver is congratulated by catcher J. P. Arencibia after picking up the save.