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JA Happ hurt, but Blue Jays prevail over Rays

9:29 AM, May 8, 2013   |    comments
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St. Petersburg, FL (Sports Network) - Maicer Izturis snapped a tie game with a solo homer in the top of the ninth inning and behind a spirited effort from the bullpen, the Toronto Blue Jays rallied for the second straight day to upend the Tampa Bay Rays, 6-4, in the second test of a four-game set.

A terrifying moment occurred in the second inning when Jays starter J.A. Happ was taken off the field by stretcher after taking a line drive from Desmond Jennings off the side of his head. He remained conscious and was brought straight to the hospital.

Forced to dig into its bullpen early, four Toronto relievers combined for 7 2/3 scoreless innings, with Steve Delabar (2-0) tossing two innings of one-hit ball. Casey Janssen worked a perfect ninth to notch his ninth save.

Colby Rasmus hit a two-run homer, Adam Lind went 2-for-4 with a solo shot and two runs scored, while Jose Bautista and Melky Cabrera each plated a run to help Toronto earn back-to-back victories at Tropicana Field for the first time in almost five years.

Joel Peralta (0-2) was tagged with the loss for the Rays, who blew a seven-run lead in an 8-7 loss to the Jays on Monday. The Tampa Bay bullpen spoiled a solid start from Roberto Hernandez, who tossed six innings of one-run ball and struck out seven.

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