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Wild-pitch score wins it as Blue Jays see off Rays

THE Tampa Bay Rays' chase for the American League wildcard took a hit. So did two members of the umpiring crew.

Marco Scutaro scored the winning run on a wild pitch after Rays closer J P Howell loaded the bases with three walks, and the Toronto Blue Jays rallied to beat Tampa Bay 3-2 on Wednesday night in a game in which two umpires were injured.

"This is as bad as it gets as a relief pitcher," Howell said. "Everyone does so much work to get there and you just want to get out of there, man."

Rod Barajas hit a tying pinch-hit homer off Howell (6-4) with one out in the ninth.

"He threw me a curveball and it ended up being right where I like it," Barajas said.

After walking three and with rookie Randy Ruiz up, Howell uncorked a curveball that bounced high off the shinguard of catcher Gregg Zaun, allowing Scutaro to score without a play. It was Howell's seventh blown save this season.

"It's just unfortunate because JP has been so great for us all year," Rays manager Joe Maddon said.

The Rays are four games behind Boston in the wildcard race.

Brandon League (2-5) worked one inning for the win.

Elsewhere in the AL, it was: Indians 4, Royals 2; Angels 4, Tigers 2; Yankees 9, Rangers 2; Red Sox 3, White Sox 2; Orioles 5, Twins 1; and Mariners 5, Athletics 3.

In the National League, it was: Dodgers 6, Rockies 1; Phillies 4, Pirates 1 (in 10 innings); Marlins 5, Mets 3; Padres 12, Braves 5; Reds 4, Brewers 3 (in 10 innings); Cubs 9, Nationals 4; Cardinals 3, Astros 2; and Giants 4, Diamondbacks 3.

In Toronto, it was a tough night to be a home plate umpire. Crew chief Jerry Crawford left after two innings because of back spasms and his replacement, Tom Hallion, was knocked over after he was struck in the chest by a pitch from Rays lefty Scott Kazmir in the sixth.

Kazmir was left shaken by the incident, which started when he tried to throw a fastball away that tailed inside.

Heard the sound

"It hit him flush, you know, right there in the midsection," Kazmir said. "I heard the sound when it hit him and the way he fell down, I knew it wasn't good. You never want to see anything like that."

After a 21-minute delay, the game resumed with Hallion at third base. First base umpire Brian O'Nora moved behind the plate and Scott Barry moved from third to first.

In Denver, Colorado, the Los Angeles Dodgers restored their three-game lead over Colorado in the NL West with a 6-1 win over the Rockies.

Andre Ethier hit two of Los Angeles' three home runs, powering the Dodgers to a victory that stopped Colorado moving within a game of the divisional lead. Ethier gave the Dodgers a 2-0 lead in the first inning and he made it 3-1 with a solo shot leading off the fourth. James Loney's three-run homer later in the inning made it 6-1.


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