ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - Toronto third baseman Brett Lawrie had an interesting game with the umpires.
Slumping Carlos Pena hit a three-run homer during a five-run fourth and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Blue Jays 8-5 on Tuesday night.
First base umpire Andy Fletcher briefly left after being hit by a Lawrie's liner. Fletcher appeared to get struck on the left arm behind the bag by a foul ball 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 also called out by second base umpire Rob Drake as part of a double play in the eighth. Drake ruled that Lawrie's momentum on a slide into second carried him past the bag and that he did not re-touch the base returning to first on Yan Gomes' fly out.
``All I wanted to know was what was going on,' Lawrie said. ``I didn't know what happened. For me, I didn't go to third base. I slid in, popped up and went back (to first). If I'm getting called out for something, I'm just wondering why I'm getting called out. I just didn't 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.
``These are things that are discussed, reminded,' Blue Jays manager John Farrell said. ``He is clearly in a learning curve right now with keeping things in check between the lines.'
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.
Pena's homer to center off Drew Hutchison (3-2) was estimated at 452 feet. He finished with two hits in five at_bats.
``Obviously struggled,' Hutchison said. ``Didn't give us a chance to win.'
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 couldn't 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 Encarnacion's grounder.
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.
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.
Gomes had a sixth-inning solo homer for Toronto.
NOTES: Bautista has 18 RBIs this month. ... Lawrie stopped an 0 for 13 slide on his eighth-inning single. ... 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. ... Encarnacion, who has been getting treatment for a minor back injury, was the DH. ... Tampa Bay 3B Evan Longoria (partial tear left hamstring) has started a light running program. Longoria continues fielding grounders and taking batting practice.
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