Rays beat Blue Jays 12-1 for 3rd straight win
Tampa Bay Rays' Luke Scott, center, heads for home to score on a triple by Carlos Pena, in the background, as Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Carlos Villanueva moves to cover third base during the second inning of a baseball game Friday, Sept. 21, 2012, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP / Mike Carlson)
Published Friday, September 21, 2012 10:55PM EDT
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- James Shields pitched seven shutout innings and Tampa Bay's suddenly potent offence scored runs in bunches Friday night to help the Rays continue an uphill battle to remain in playoff contention with a 12-1 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays.
Ben Zobrist and Jose Molina homered in support of Shields (15-9), who limited the Blue Jays to six singles and struck out nine to reach 200 for the second straight year. He fanned J.P. Arencibia leading off the second inning, giving the Rays the American League single-season record for strikeouts.
Luke Scott drove in four runs with a pair of doubles for the Rays, who began the day 5 1/2 games behind Baltimore and Oakland in the wild-card race.