by Steve Carney
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (620 WDAE) - As hot as the Tampa Bay bats were Monday, they were cold Tuesday, getting just three hits off Toronto starter Drew Hutchinson, while Adam Lind's three-run homer in the first inning was all the offense the Blue Jays would need, beating the Rays 4-2 at Tropicana Field.
Toronto wasted little time getting on the board, as Melky Cabrera started the game with a single off Cobb, and Jose Bautista walked two batters later, setting up Lind to blast a three-run homer to center field.
The Blue Jays added to their lead in the fourth, as Brett Lawrie walked, moved to second on a groundout by Ryan Goins, and scored on Jonathan Diaz's first Major-League hit, a single to center.
Tampa Bay had only three hits through the first seven innings: a single by Matt Joyce leading off the bottom of the first, a one-out double by Desmond Jennings in the fifth, and a single by Yunel Escobar in the sixth. However, they were finally able to get on the scoreboard with two out in the eighth, as Matt Joyce beat out an infield hit and scored on an RBI double by Wil Myers.
The Rays made it interesting in the ninth, as Evan Longoria led off with a double and scored on Jennings' second double of the night two batters later, but Yunel Escobar struck out with the tying run on second base to end the game.
Tampa Bay will look to rebound Wednesday, when Matt Moore (17-4, 3.29 ERA in 2013) takes on Mark Buehrle (12-10, 4.15 ERA in 2013). First pitch is scheduled for 7:10, with coverage on WDAE starting at 6:00.