TORONTO (AP) - First, Jose Bautista made sure he had umpire Bill Welke's attention. Then he got tossed for a profane tirade. Finally, he said goodbye by throwing his equipment on the field.
Bautista's angry blowup marked the height of Toronto's frustrations Friday night as Rays pitcher James Shields threw his major league-leading 10th complete game, beating the Blue Jays 6-1.
Evan Longoria hit two solo home runs, Desmond Jennings added a two-run shot and John Jaso also went deep for the Rays, who had scored just six runs over their previous four games.
Bautista, who hit 54 homers last season and leads baseball with 37 this year, argued with Welke, the home plate umpire, after being called out on strikes in the first inning. He struck out swinging in the third, then lost his temper after going down swinging again in the sixth.
After walking back to the bench, Bautista slammed the dugout wall with his bat, causing a loud bang that was heard throughout the stadium. He was ejected after appearing to yell `'Pay attention' to Welke, and responded by angrily tossing his bat, helmet and a water bottle over the dugout railing before storming out down the steps.
Bautista didn't speak to reporters after the game, but teammate Eric Thames said he sympathized with the emotional eruption.
``I was on base for his first at-bat and I saw on video where the umpire was squeezing him and opened up the zone a little bit,' Thames said. ``But I was shocked (by the outburst), it was out of nowhere, just a bunch of loud noises and then all of a sudden stuff was flying everywhere.'
Watching the scene from third base, Longoria was initially concerned that Bautista might suffer an injury as he swung his bat against the metal wall at the rear of the dugout. Colorado shortstop Troy Tulowitzki landed on the disabled list with a lacerated palm after slamming a bat to the ground in 2008.
``My first instinct was to worry about him not hurting himself,' Longoria said. ``That wall is not too forgiving.
``I was kind of surprised at him,' Longoria added. ``I've known him for a couple of years now and he seems like a real calm and collected guy. It happens to all of us. He lost his temper for a second.'
Mark Teahen replaced Bautista in right field.
Thames was upset at Welke after being called out on strikes in the eighth.
``I thought that ball was off the plate,' Thames said. ``I checked the video and it was. It's frustrating knowing you were right but it's a K in the books and that's that.'
Shields (12-10) allowed one run and seven hits to win for the third time in four starts. The right-hander, who walked one and struck out 12, snapped a four-game road losing streak, winning away from home for the first time since June 24 at Houston.
``It's been a phenomenal year so far,' Shields said. ``Ten CG's, I never really thought I'd be doing that this season.'
Longoria said he gets ``a good feeling' whenever Shields is on the mound.
``He was in pretty good control and making pitches when he needed to,' Longoria said. ``It's fun to watch.'
Shields, who had received just two runs of support over his past four road starts, improved to 3-0 with a 0.71 ERA in three starts against Toronto this season.
Rays starters have thrown at least seven innings in 11 consecutive games, matching an 11-game streak by Seattle in 2003. The last team to have a streak longer than 11 games was the Los Angeles Dodgers, who accomplished the feat in 16 straight games 1994.
Shields learned of the streak before the game from pitching coach Jim Hickey .
``We've got a nice little streak going,'' Shields said.
Longoria led off the fourth and sixth innings with drives to center, his 23rd and 24th of the season. It was his second multihomer game this year and the eighth of his career.
Jennings got Tampa Bay started with a two-run blast off the facing of the second deck in left in the third, his sixth.
All three homers came off Toronto rookie right-hander Henderson Alvarez (0-2), who allowed four runs and four hits in six innings to lose his second straight start. Alvarez walked two and struck out six.
Jaso added a leadoff blast to right off Joel Carreno in the seventh, his fourth.
``We didn't get that many hits but we hit them far when we did,' Maddon said.
Tampa Bay capped it in the ninth when Matt Joyce doubled, stole third and scored on Wilfredo Ledezma's wild pitch.
Toronto's lone run came on Brett Lawrie's one-out homer in the second, his fifth.
Blue Jays manager John Farrell was not with the team. Farrell left Thursday's game suffering from chest pains and was later diagnosed with pneumonia. He was released from the hospital Friday and could rejoin the team as early as Saturday.
In Farrell's absence, bench coach Don Wakamatsu took over as manager while coaching assistant Luis Rivera filled Wakamatsu's spot.
NOTES: The Blue Jays claimed veteran OF Dewayne Wise on waivers from Florida. Wise will join the team Saturday, his third stint with Toronto. OF Colby Rasmus (right wrist) will be placed on the 15-day DL Saturday to make room. ... Rays OF B.J. Upton returned to the starting lineup for the first time since Aug. 22. Upton was limited to two pinch-hitting appearances this week because of a strained right shoulder. ... Toronto RHP Jon Rauch (appendectomy) threw a bullpen before the game and will throw another on Sunday. ... Blue Jays OF prospect Travis Snider, who is at Triple-A Las Vegas, has been diagnosed with tendinitis in his right wrist and is being shut down for the year. ... Toronto C prospect Travis d'Arnaud was named MVP of the Double-A Eastern League. He hit .317 with 19 homers and 71 RBI in 107 games with New Hampshire. ... Jeff Niemann (8-5) gets the start for the Rays on Saturday afternoon against Luis Perez (3-2).
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