NEWS
08/27/2011 12:05 EDT | Updated 10/26/2011 05:12 EDT

Bautista's ejection overshadows Blue Jays' 6-1 loss to Rays; Shields dominant

TORONTO - This is not the way Jose Bautista usually makes noise in a game.

But when the major-league leader in home runs hit his bat against the dugout wall after his third strkeout on Friday, it was startlingly loud.

It was louder than any of the five home runs hit by both teams as the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Toronto Blue Jays 6-1 on Friday.

When Rays manager Joe Maddon was asked what it sounded like, he said. "Thunder."

After he left a dent in the wall in the sixth inning, Bautista yelled at umpire Bill Welke. The home plate ump quickly responded by tossing the all-star right-fielder from the game.

Bautista then threw his bat, padding, helmet and water bottle on the field before leaving for the clubhouse. Bautista had disagreed with Welke's calls during all three of his at-bats.

"When (Bautista) is not in the game it's always a pleasure," Maddon said.

Tampa starter James Shields (12-10) struck out 12 in pitching his 10th complete game of the season, but still wanted to talk about Bautista's dugout performance.

"It was pretty loud," Shields said. "It was a frustrating day for him I guess."

The Rays also made some noise. Evan Longoria hit two of Tampa Bay's four home runs. Desmond Jennings and John Jaso also homered for the Rays (71-59) in the opener of a four-game series between American League East rivals.

Shields held the Blue Jays seven hits and one walk with the run scoring on a home run by Brett Lawrie of Langley, B.C.

It was the 11th consecutive game in which a Rays' starter has pitched at least seven innings. It is the longest streak by any team since the Seattle Mariners in 2003 also did it over 11 games.

Shields is the first pitcher to strike out Bautista three times in a game since Felix Hernandez did it on Sept. 24, 2009.

"No kidding," Shields said. "Wow. I made some really good pitches to him. I was hitting the corners. He's the type of guy when you make a mistake he's going to hit it pretty hard. He's one of the best hitters in the league."

The Blue Jays (66-65) were without manager John Farrell who was home resting after being diagnosed with pneumonia on Thursday night. Bench coach Don Wakamatsu ran the team in his absence. Farrell was expected to take one or two games off.

"What makes (Bautista) special is that he's so competitive," Wakamatsu said. "Obviously he thought some of those pitches were borderline or out of the zone which put him in the hole against and awfully good pitcher.

"I think obviously with the strikeouts it got to him a little bit. Against a pitcher like that and you get some borderline calls, I'm not behind the plate so it's very difficult from our side. Once he starts getting some pitches that are on the corner then you get guys swinging outside the zone."

Toronto starter Henderson Alvarez (0-2) took the loss, allowing four runs on three home runs in his fourth major-league start since being called up from double-A New Hampshire.

Longoria, who hit both homers against Alvarez, had a good view of Bautista from his spot at third base.

"I was watching him the whole time and I saw him pick up the bat and take a full swing and my first instinct was to worry about him not hurting himself, you know," Longoria said. "Because a lot of different things can happen, I mean that bat snaps, it comes back at him or he breaks his wrist. That wall is not too forgiving.

"After it happened I was kind of surprised at him. 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. We all react differently."

Lawrie, called up Aug. 5 from triple-A Las Vegas, reached down to hit a 3-1 pitch for his fifth homer in his 20th major-league game to give Toronto a 1-0 lead in the second.

But the Rays first hit of the game was a hanging 2-2 slider that Jennings hammered off the facing of the second deck in left for his sixth homer of the season. It came with two out in the third with Jaso at first after being hit by a pitch.

Longoria led off the fourth and sixth innings with his 23rd and 24th homers of the season to increase Tampa Bay's lead to 4-1.

Jaso homered against reliever Joel Carreno in the seventh.

The Rays added a run in the ninth against Wil Ledezma when Matt Joyce doubled and came around on two wild pitches.

Notes: Attendance at Rogers Centre was 20,491. .... Centre-fielder Colby Rasmus will go on the disabled list on Saturday with a sore right wrist, general manager Alex Anthopoulos said before the game. The move will coincide with the arrival of outfielder Dewayne Wise who was claimed on waivers from Florida Marlin. Mike McCoy played centre field for the second consecutive game on Friday. ...Outfielder Travis Snider who is at triple-A Las Vegas has been diagnosed with tendinitis in his right wrist and is expected to be out from four to six weeks. ...Left-hander Luis Perez (3-2, 3.26 ERA) will make his second major-league start for Toronto after working from the bullpen for most of the season on Saturday against Jeff Niemann (8-5, 3.41 ERA).