- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 23, 2015

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - The Tampa Bay Rays lost the game. Their shortstop lost some of his equipment.

Jose Bautista hit his 15th homer during a four-run sixth inning and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Rays 8-5 on Monday night.

Tampa Bay’s Asdrubal Cabrera was ejected by plate umpire Kerwin Danley for arguing a called third strike in the fifth.

Heading back to the dugout, Cabrera threw his helmet and bat toward the mound, where crew chief Joe West picked them up and gave them to a stadium security official located in the umpire locker room walkway.

“Bad conduct … Doesn’t deserve a comment,” West told a pool reporter.

Cabrera left the locker room before it was opened to reporters postgame.

“Maybe he wants him to sign it? I’m not sure,” Rays manager Kevin Cash said. “I have no idea. First I’ve ever seen.”

The Rays’ clutch hitting went dark at times, just a section of stadium lights in the top of the fourth. The decision was made to keep playing after a three-minute delay, and those lights came back on an inning later.

The Tampa Bay offense, however, just flickered occasionally. The Rays went 4 for 18 with runners in scoring position, and left 14 on base.

“We just didn’t get those big hits,” Rays center fielder Kevin Kiermaier said.

Jose Reyes and Dioner Navarro also homered for the Blue Jays, who are 2-6 against Tampa Bay this season. It was manager John Gibbons’ 500th major league win.

“That shows I’ve been around a long time,” Gibbons said.

Bautista’s leadoff shot against Matt Andriese (2-2) broke a 3-all tie. Reliever Ronald Belisario gave up the other three runs in the inning that included an RBI double by Chris Colabello.

Drew Hutchison (7-1) allowed three runs and nine hits over five taxing innings. He struck out six, walked two and hit a batter during a 109-pitch outing.

Down 8-5, the Rays loaded the bases with one out in the eighth. Roberto Osuna struck out Steven Souza Jr. and Nick Franklin and pitched the ninth for his first save.

Andriese gave up four runs and five hits in 5 1-3 innings as Tampa Bay lost for the third time in 11 games. The Rays had given up a combined six runs on a just completed 4-1 road trip.

Logan Forsythe hit a solo shot in a two-run seventh that got the Rays within 7-5.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Blue Jays: 2B Devon Travis (shoulder) could return this week. … 3B Josh Donaldson was rested.

Rays: RHP Jake Odorizzi (oblique) threw off a mound and could make a rehab start next week. … 1B James Loney (broken left middle finger) is set to take dry swings late this week. … LHP Matt Moore (elbow surgery) appears on target to return late this month or early July.

NEW START

OF Grady Sizemore was hitless in two at-bats in his first game Monday night with Class A Charlotte. After being released by Philadelphia, he signed a minor league contract with Tampa Bay on June 15. … INF Tim Beckham (strained right hamstring) went 1 for 2 during his first appearance as the DH.

AUTOMATIC OUTS

Rays RHP Steve Geltz pitched a perfect ninth and set a team record by retiring 28 consecutive batters.

MOVING DAY

The Rays optioned LHP Enny Romero to Triple-A Durham after the game. The corresponding move has not been announced.

UP NEXT

Toronto knuckleballer R.A. Dickey (3-6), activated Monday from the bereavement list, will face Rays RHP Chris Archer (8-4) Tuesday night. Archer allowed four hits and struck out 18 over 14 scoreless innings in two previous starts this season against Toronto.


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