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ST. cheap jerseys . PETERSBURG, Fla. - Slumping Carlos Pena may have found his swing at the top of the Tampa Bay lineup. Pena hit a three-run homer during a five-run fourth and the Rays beat the Toronto Blue Jays 8-5 on Tuesday night. Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon moved Pena up from the middle of the lineup to the leadoff spot in an attempt to help him break out of an offensive funk. Pena, who snapped an 0 for 18 slide on his sixth homer of the season, entered Tuesday hitting just .116 in May. "You cant really quantify how much of a difference it makes, but Joe is really smart by shifting things like that," Pena said. "It changes the energy and good things like this happen, not only individually but as a team. We put up some runs on the board and felt more comfortable." Penas homer to centre off Drew Hutchison (3-2) was estimated at 452 feet. He finished with two hits in five at-bats. "I liked his at-bats in general," Maddon said. "Overall its just about a mind set. Its just about what youre thinking and changing that a little bit. Its all about confidence. When he gets his confidence going youre going to see a lot more of that." Drew Sutton had RBI double and Chris Gimenez hit a run-scoring grounder as the Rays took a 6-0 lead in the fourth. Gimenez also had a fifth-inning RBI single. Rays starter Matt Moore walked three in the fifth and couldnt get through the inning as the Blue Jays scored four times to get within 6-4. Jose Bautista drove in two with a bases-loaded single and two more runs scored when third baseman Sean Rodriguez was charged with an error for an errant throw to first on Edwin Encarnacions grounder. "Obviously, Im just upset with myself in that situation," Moore said. "I know Im better than that, and thats not the way I want to represent myself." Moore allowed four runs, three hits and four walks in 4 2-3 innings. Hutchison lasted four innings, giving up six runs and seven hits. "I just didnt make good pitches," Hutchison said. "Obviously struggled. Didnt give us a chance to win." Reliever Wade Davis (1-0) gave up one run in two innings. Fernando Rodney pitched the ninth for his 14th save. Tampa Bay also got solo homers from Luke Scott and B.J. Upton. Yan Gomes had a sixth-inning solo homer for Toronto. First base umpire Andy Fletcher briefly left after being hit by a batted ball. Fletcher appeared to get struck on the left arm behind the bag by Brett Lawries foul liner with two outs in the Toronto fourth inning. He returned to the field in the fifth. "It seemed like the further he moved, the more the ball chased him," Lawrie said. "Just a bit of bad luck that it hit him." Lawrie was called out by second umpire Rob Drake as part of a double play in the eighth. Drake ruled that Lawries momentum on a slide into second carried him past the bag and that he did not re-touch the base returning to first on Gomes fly out. "All I wanted to know was what was going on," Lawrie said. "I didnt know what happened. For me, I didnt go to third base. I slid in, popped up and went back (to first). If Im getting called out for something, Im just wondering why Im getting called out. I just didnt get an answer tonight." Lawrie completed a four-game suspension on Sunday. Lawrie was ejected last Tuesday by home plate umpire Bill Miller after complaining about consecutive called strikes. When Lawrie slammed his helmet on the ground, it bounced up and hit Miller on the right hip. NOTES: Tampa Bay 3B Evan Longoria (partial tear left hamstring) has started a light running program. Longoria continues fielding grounders and taking batting practice. ... Toronto manager John Farrell said a minor league progression plan for DH-OF Vladimir Guerrero has not been finalized. "He is in great shape," Farrell said. "The early view has been positive," Guerrero is currently with the extended spring training team. ... Rays OF Desmond Jennings (sprained left knee) could soon be ready for a short minor league rehab assignment. ... Encarnacion, who has been getting treatment for a minor back injury, was the DH. wholesale nfl jerseys . - Michael Pineda will be the New York Yankees fifth starter. cheap jerseys from china . The Boston Celtics never let them rest easy in the opener. Nowitzki led another balanced scoring effort with 19 points, and the Mavericks held off several Boston runs in a 94-89 victory against the Celtics on Monday night.PITTSBURGH -- Charlie Morton gave a sheepish smile, and he fumbled through a stock answer. Asked what his secret is against the Cincinnati Reds this season, Morton was keeping his lips sealed. For the first time in four starts against the National Leagues second-highest scoring team this season, Morton didnt earn the win against the Reds -- but the Pittsburgh Pirates still did. Morton didnt have his best stuff, though he pitched six effective innings and the Pirates beat the Reds 5-3 Saturday. Morton lowered his earned-run average to 0.93 in 29 innings against the Reds this season. "Successes breeds confidence," Pittsburgh manager Clint Hurdle said. "He went out there against that team today with far from his best stuff, but delivered a very gutsy performance, a very gritty performance and held them to two runs in six innings. "He seems to enjoy the challenge of facing that offence. Its a very good offence." Neil Walker had two RBI singles, the second driving in Andrew McCutchen with the go-ahead run in the seventh inning. McCutchen and Ryan Ludwick each had two hits for the Pirates. Walkers hit off of Aroldis Chapman (2-1) was his third hit of the game, and Brandon Wood followed with an RBI double, allowing Pittsburgh to improve to 8-3 against the Reds this season. "They kind of bled Chapman there," Reds manager Dusty Baker said. "They got a couple of soft hits, especially the little blooper to right (by Walker)." Joey Votto of Toronto twice drove in Brandon Phillips with RBI singles for the Reds, who have lost four of six. Phillips reached base four times. Recalled from triple-A Indianapolis earlier in the day, rookie Tony Watson (1-2) got his first major league victory by getting the final two outs of the top of the seventh after the Reds had tied it at 3 against Chris Resop. "He gave us what we needed in a tight spot, definitely," Hurdle said of Watson, who woke up at 6 this morning and drove five hours to Pittsburgh. "A day Ill never forget," Watson said. Pittsburghs Jose Veras pitched a scoreless eighth, striking out Drew Stubbs and Dave Sappelt after allowing the first two batters of the inning to reach. A day after allowing a season-high three runs in taking the loss, Joel Hanrahan worked a perfect the ninth for his 31st save but first since July 28. Morton had a scoreless innings streak of 24 snapped in the final inning of his most recent outing on Sunday wheen Hanrahan allowed an inherited runner to score. cheap nfl jerseys. Morton allowed a run for the second consecutive inning when Phillips led off Saturdays game with a single, moved to second on a groundout and came home when Votto singled to right. But Morton faced only one over the minimum over the next 4 2-3 innings before Phillips and Votto each singled again to produce a run in the sixth. Morton was charged with two runs on seven hits, a walk and two strikeouts. He has allowed three runs in four starts versus the Reds this season. "I dont know," Morton said when asked about facing the Reds. "I just know weve got a gameplan, and we try to stick to it." A true sinkerballer who has the majors best ratio of outs by groundball, Morton is sometimes susceptible to days when his sinker, well, isnt sinking. "That happens, so its nothing new. Its nothing different," he said. "Youve just got to make an adjustment." RBI singles by Ronny Cedeno in the fourth and Ryan Ludwick and Walker -- consecutively in the fifth -- gave Pittsburgh the lead, and Morton was in line to improve to 4-0 against Cincinnati this season after he was lifted following six innings. But the Reds quickly tied the game against Resop when Ramon Hernandez doubled in Stubbs. Cincinnatis Dontrelle Willis remained winless in eight starts this season, allowing three runs on eight hits and three walks in six innings. "A lot of things dictate wins and losses," Willis said. "I like the way Im throwing the ball. I like the way Im competing and I like the way the guys are competing for me. Its just a matter of pitch there or one thing there that seems to make the difference in every game." NOTES: Not counting the 2006 all-star game, the game was the first televised by Fox at PNC Park since 2004. ... The crowd of 37,826 was Pittsburghs 16th sellout of the season, most since 2001. It was the eighth consecutive Saturday sellout there. ... Mike Leake, the Reds starter Sunday, has allowed only seven earned runs in five career starts against Pittsburgh. No current Pirates players have homered off of him. ... The previous time Pirates RHP James McDonald faced Cincinnati on July 19, he pitched into the seventh and was part of a combined shutout. McDonald starts Sunday. ... Hurdle said RHP Brad Lincoln would start the second game of a doubleheader on Monday vs. Milwaukee. He also indicated that RHP Ross Ohlendorf would be recalled to start Tuesdays game. ' ' '
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