MLB: Tampa Bay 5, Toronto 4

Sept. 1, 2012 at 5:44 PM   |   0 comments

TORONTO, Sept. 1 (UPI) -- Matt Joyce drove in three runs and reliever Wade Davis came up big Saturday in the Tampa Bay Rays' 5-4 victory over Toronto.

Joyce's two-run double capped a four-run third inning that put the Rays ahead to stay. He added a solo homer in the eighth.

Ryan Roberts also went deep for Tampa Bay, which had lost the first two games of a four-game set against the Blue Jays.

Starter Jeff Niemann, out since May 14 when his right leg was fractured by a line drive off the bat of Toronto's Adam Lind, returned from the disabled list but could go only 3 1/2 scoreless innings before leaving with shoulder tightness.

Davis (2-0) responded by hurling 2 1/3 shutout relief frames to earn the victory and Fernando Rodney collected his 40th save, recording the final five outs for the Rays.

Toronto's Henderson Alvarez (7-12) was touched for four runs on five hits over five full innings, absorbing the loss.

Edwin Encarnacion belted his 36th homer -- a two run shot -- for the Blue Jays.

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