Shields stellar as Rays beat Toronto 4-1
Tuesday, August 7, 2012
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- James Shields threw eight strong innings, Evan Longoria drove in a run in his return from an injury, and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Toronto Blue Jays 4-1 on Tuesday night.
Shields (10-7) allowed one run and two hits. The right-hander was coming off a three-hit shutout last Tuesday at Oakland.
Longoria rejoined the Rays after missing 85 games because of a partially torn left hamstring. He went 1-for-3 with a sacrifice fly as the designated hitter.
Fernando Rodney pitched the ninth for his 33rd save and completed the three-hitter. The closer set a team record for relievers -- breaking the mark set by Joe Borowski (21) in 2005 -- by extending his shutout streak to 22 consecutive innings.