Alex Rios, Marco Scutaro Power the Toronto Blue Jays to Victory

Adam GreuelSenior Analyst IJuly 20, 2008

After losing the first two games in this three-game set against the Tampa Bay Rays, the Toronto Blue Jays avoided the sweep thanks to Alex Rios' and Marco Scutaro's homers.

Rios also managed two doubles, totaling three extra base hits while driving in three runs, and stealing his team-leading 24th base.

Rios broke a streak of 67 homerless bats, and gave the Jays a peek at the player they expected him to be when they signed him to a lucrative six-year deal at the beginning of the season. He also showed off his powerful arm, gunning out Jonny Gomes at home in the fourth which ended the inning.

The first two games of this series featured great pitching performances on all sides. However, the third game proved to be quite the opposite. Jays pitcher John Parrish was making his first start since July 10, and he proved what I thought all along— that there was no way he would be any good after a start or two.

Parrish would only last three innings, giving up four runs in the process. Fortunately, the Jays bullpen proved to be great the rest of the way. Camp, Tallet, Frasor, Carlson, Wolfe, and Ryan made appearances in the victory, each of them allowing zero runs to cross the plate.

The Jays were lucky today, though the Rays pitcher Edwin Jackson proved to be just as bad as Parrish. Jackson would go 4.1 innings, giving up six runs and two home runs.

The Rays got home runs from Longoria and Pena, but their efforts proved to be futile in their 9-4 loss.

Up Next: Jays righty Jesse Litsch (8-6) takes on Radhames Liz (4-3) of the Baltimore Orioles in the first game of a three-game set.