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8/28/2014
MLB: Pinch Hit 3-Run HR Sinks Sox 5-2
FROM AP REPORTS


TORONTO -- Pinch-hitter Danny Valencia had a go-ahead, three-run homer in the seventh inning, leading the Toronto Blue Jays over the Red Sox 5-2 Wednesday night.

Jose Bautista homered for the second straight night, a two-run drive in the first that helped the Blue Jays improve to 7-16 in August.

With Boston leading 2-1, Edwin Encarnacion doubled off Joe Kelly starting the seventh, and left-hander Tommy Layne (0-1) relieved.

Dioner Navarro's at-bat was prolonged when catcher David Ross dropped his foul popup for an error. and Navarro singled.

Right-hander Junichi Tazawa came in, and Valencia turned on a 2-0 pitch for his first home run since Toronto acquired him from Kansas City on July 28. Eight of 20 home runs off Tazawa in his big league career have been hit by Blue Jays batters.

RAYS 3, ORIOLES 1: In Baltimore, Drew Smyly allowed two hits over seven innings in his second straight overpowering performance, and Tampa Bay jumped to an early lead against rookie Kevin Gausman.

Evan Longoria had three hits for the Rays, who won for only the fourth time in 11 games. Tampa Bay scored all its runs in the first two innings and Smyly (9-10) made the margin stand.



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Smyly gave up a solo homer to Chris Davis in the second inning and a single to Steve Pearce in the seventh. The left-hander struck out six and walked one in his fifth start for the Rays since coming from Detroit in a trade involving David Price.

Brad Boxberger worked the eighth and Jake McGee got three outs to earn his 15th save and complete the two-hitter.

NATIONAL LEAGUE

PIRATES 3, CARDS 1: In Pittsburgh, Ike Davis hit a two-run homer off a speaker above the seats in right-center field, Jeff Locke outpitched Adam Wainwright as Pittsburgh closed the gap in the NL wild-card race.

Pittsburgh took two of three from the defending NL champions and has won five of seven overall. St. Louis (71-61) leads the NL wild-card race, with San Francisco (69-62) trailing by 1 1/2 games and the Pirates (69-64) one game back of the Giants for the second wild-card berth berth.

Davis hit his 10th homer in the second after Wainwright hit Russell Martin on the left elbow with a pitch that Martin barely tried to avoid. Davis sent an 88 mph pitch clanking off a speaker raised on a pole, about 15 feet above the seats, a drive estimated at about 433 feet. A night earlier, Davis had a pinch-hit, tiebreaking, three-run homer in the eighth inning of Pittsbugh's 5-2 win.

Davis also had an inning-ending lineout that left the bases loaded in the fifth.







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