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MLB: Tampa Bay 11, Toronto 5

Sept. 22, 2012 at 10:58 PM   |   Comments

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., Sept. 22 (UPI) -- Evan Longoria belted a go-ahead, three-run homer Saturday, one of four long balls launched by the Tampa Bay Rays in their 11-5 win over Toronto.

Longoria's second-inning blast erased a 2-1 deficit and put the Rays ahead to stay.

B.J. Upton and Jose Molina each socked a two-run homer and Desmond Jennings (3-for-3, four runs scored) added a solo blast for the Rays, who have scored 23 runs in two wins against the Blue Jays.

Burke Badenhop (3-2) relieved ineffective starter Matt Moore and tossed 1 1/3 innings of scoreless relief to get the victory for Tampa Bay, which kept its slim playoff hopes alive.

The Rays pulled to within 3 1/2 games of the Oakland Athletics for the second American League wild card spot with the win.

Toronto starter Brandon Morrow (8-7) lasted only four innings, allowing five runs on five hits and four walks.

Adam Lind knocked in three runs for the Blue Jays.

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