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TORONTO -- John Gibbons liked the Blue Jays chances after they belted three home runs and built a 4-1 lead in the early going against the reigning American League Cy Young Award winner. Eric Dier Jersey . Unfortunately for the Toronto manager, the Tampa Bay Rays were also zoned in at Rogers Centre. Ben Zobrist, Wil Myers, Evan Longoria and Kelly Johnson each hit solo homers off Blue Jays starter Esmil Rogers to help David Price pick up his fourth win of the season Friday as Tampa Bay defeated Toronto 8-5 in a game that looked a lot like this weeks home run derby. "In this ballpark the ball flies. Once its elevated it goes a long way," said Gibbons, whose team got solo home runs from Edwin Encarnacion, J.P. Arencibia and Brett Lawrie, to go along with a two-run shot from Jose Bautista. "We do the same thing on offence on our side." Price (4-5), who is now 7-0 in eight career starts in Toronto, gave up four runs on seven hits over seven innings. The 2012 AL Cy Young Award winner also struck out five and gave up one walk after surviving a rocky start. "We score four off Price -- you feel pretty good about it when you do that," Gibbons said. "He hangs around. He goes deep in the game every night but you feel pretty good if you can get four off him." Ryan Roberts had the go-ahead RBI in the eighth inning and scored an insurance run for red-hot Tampa Bay (56-41), which sits second in the AL East coming out of the all-star break. "We were playing the best ball we had up to this point of the year leading up to the all-star break," Price said. "To have that four-day break, you dont want it to mess up the momentum that the team has and just the winning feeling we have in the clubhouse and in the dugout. That was a big win for us tonight, we hit on all cylinders." Brett Cecil (3-1) suffered his first loss of 2013 for the Blue Jays (45-50), who remain cemented in the AL East basement and started the unofficial second half of the season with a thud. Adding to Torontos misery was the fact that the Rays scored four runs off a Toronto bullpen that has been one of the clubs lone bright sports. All-stars Cecil and Steve Delabar couldnt keep the score tied 4-4 in the eighth as Roberts singled home Johnson before coming around on Desmond Jennings double to give the Rays a two-run lead. "Theyve been so good," Gibbons said of his relievers. "They cant be perfect all year long." Toronto put two runners on in the eighth, but Colby Rasmus hit a lazy flyball to left to end the threat. The Rays then scored two more in the ninth before Lawrie added the games eighth home run, his sixth of the campaign, as a consolation. Rogers gave up the four solo homers on seven hits to go along with four strikeouts over 5 2-3 innings. In two starts against Tampa Bay this season, the right-hander has allowed seven solo homers. Despite the trouble with the long ball, Gibbons said his starter pitched well. "That was kind of a funny game for him. When he was on, he was dominating, and then of course the four solo home runs," said Gibbons, who didnt think Rogers was tipping his pitches to Rays. "He never really got into trouble, it was just the solo home runs." With thunderstorm and tornado warnings issued across Southern Ontario, the crowd of 33,266 inside the sealed-shut and steamy Rogers Centre saw a home run bonanza early on. Price, who has had an up-and-down season that included 47 days on the disabled list with a triceps strain, now has 13 career victories against Toronto in 17 starts, the most against any opponent. But it wasnt easy for the 27-year-old left-hander in the early going. After Encarnacion gave Toronto a 1-0 lead with his 26th homer of the season into the second deck in left in the bottom of the first, Zobrist tied the score with a solo shot of his own in the top of the third. Arencibia hit Torontos second solo homer in the bottom of the inning, this one to straight away centre field for his 17th of the season. Reyes then singled with one out and stole second before Price surrendered Bautistas 21st homer, a two-run shot to right-centre that gave Toronto a 4-1 lead. "I thought he kept getting better," Rays manager Joe Maddon said of Price. "He wasnt bad at the beginning, he just threw it in a couple of bad spots." The Blue Jays could have blown the game wide open after loading the bases with two outs, but Rasmus popped out to end the threat. Tampa Bay would make them pay dearly. Myers made it 4-2 with a solo shot to right in the top of the fourth, his fourth home run of the season. It was Myers second against Rogers, who gave up back-to-back-to-back homers, including one to the rookie, in Tampa Bays 4-1 victory on June 24 that snapped Torontos 11-game winning streak. Longoria hit the most impressive home run of the night in the sixth to cut Torontos lead to one with a moonshot off the facing of the third deck in left for his 19th. Then Johnson tied the score 4-4 with the Rays fourth solo home run, this time to right field for his 14th. "A couple mistakes," Rogers said. "Here in this league, you pay." Notes: Carlos Delgado signed autographs prior to the game in the fan zone outside the stadium. The former Blue Jays first baseman will be inducted into the teams Level of Excellence prior to Sundays series finale. Delgado, who played 1,423 games with Toronto, is the franchise leader in doubles (343), home runs (336), RBIs (1,058) and walks (827). ... Friday marked the start of a 10-game homestand for the Blue Jays that will also see them welcome the Los Angeles Dodgers and Houston Astros. ... Rays right-hander Alex Cobb, who sustained a concussion when he was hit in the head by a batted ball in June, is scheduled to begin a rehab assignment with single-A Charlotte on Tuesday. John Stones Jersey . The 31-year-old Spain midfielder hasnt played since Madrid lost in the Copa del Rey final to Atletico Madrid in May due to back and foot injuries. Harry Maguire England Jersey . -- Arizona raced out to a big lead and did not back off, hitting the accelerator instead. http://www.englandsoccerpro.com/Jamie-Vardy-England-Jersey/ . Perez, 35, posted a 1-2 record with a 3.69 earned-run average in 19 relief appearances last season. His season ended Aug. 9 due to a torn ligament in his left elbow. Perez joins infielder Andy LaRoche and catcher Mike Nickeas with minor-league agreements for 2014 that include invitations to attend spring training. SHANGHAI -- Hideki Matsuyama arrived at the HSBC Champions as the first Japanese player in nearly two decades to reach the top 10 in the world ranking. His 19 birdies over 36 holes in biting chill and swirling wind helped explain how he got there.Even as the weather shifted dramatically Friday at Sheshan International, Matsuyama kept piling up the birdies. One last birdie on the par-5 18th gave him a 7-under 65 and a three-shot lead going into the weekend of the final World Golf Championships event of the year.He is playing very well, said Rory McIlroy, who was six shots behind. And hell be tough to catch.Matsuyama was at 13-under 131 and led by three shots over defending champion Russell Knox (68) and Bill Haas (67). He shouldnt have been surprised by the result because it was his eighth consecutive score in the 60s dating to the second round of the Tour Championship.What made this one so satisfying were the conditions.Rain the last two days gave way to a strong wind when Matsuyama was warming up, and the wind made the sharp dip of temperatures into the 50s feel even worse.I thought maybe just a couple under par would be a good score, Matsuyama said. So Im really happy with how it ended up today. It was windy and cold. The ball, its hard to control. It was tough out there today.It was plenty tough for Adam Scott, who had a pair of double bogeys on the par 5s on his way to an 80. Kevin Kisner, a runner-up at the HSBC Champions last year, made a 9 on the final hole for an 80.Fifteen players still managed to break 70 because of the rain-softened greens, and while Matsuyamas 65 was the best score of the second round, making it even more impressive was that he also had two bogeys. On Thursday, he had 10 birdies against four bogeys.Nineteen birdies ... thats really, really strong, Knox said.Matsuyama already is having his biggest year since he began playing regularly round the world in 2014. He overcame a two-shot deficit over the last two holes and beat Rickie Fowler in the Phoenix Open. He had another top 10 in the Masters. And while he went into a summer lull of poor putting -- Matsuyama missed the cut in the U.S. Open and British Open -- the 24-year-old returned to form at the PGA Championship with his best finish in a major (tie for fourth) and has been steady ever since. Danny Rose England Jersey. Two weeks ago, he won the Japan Open for his ninth victory worldwide. He was runner-up to Justin Thomas in Malaysia last week, pushing his PGA Tour earnings for the year to over $4.6 million and moving him to No. 10.The last Japanese player in the top 10 was Jumbo Ozaki during the week of the 1998 Masters.A better attitude has helped this week, too. Matsuyama doesnt have much of a record in the World Golf Championships, with his only top 10 at the Dell Match Play a year ago in San Francisco when he reached the quarterfinals, only to be blown out by McIlroy.In three previous appearances at the HSBC Champions, he withdrew twice and tied for 41st.I havent really played well here before, he said. So before coming here, I was a little bit nervous again thinking, `Well, maybe its not going to be a good week for me. But then I decided, `Lets just have fun this week. Its made a difference.It didnt look like much fun on Friday, particularly the final hour when the temperature dropped and a light rain fell.This felt like a cold day at Pebble Beach, said Daniel Berger, who had a 70 and was in the group five shots behind.McIlroy thrived, too, and at least got back into the mix going into the weekend at Sheshan. He figured a 66 would do the trick, and it might have felt even better if Matsuyama had not gone one better in the second round.McIlroys only blemish came at the reachable par-4 16th, when his tee shot was just right of the green and in a hazard. He found the ball in the bushes and thought for the longest time about playing it, constantly rehearsing a swing to see if the branches would allow him to make contact.A wiser head (and advice from his caddie) prevailed, McIlroy took a penalty drop and got out with a bogey. He made up for it with a birdie on the final hole for a 66 that at least has him range, though much depends on Matsuyama.Theres definitely some rust in the 71 yesterday. I feel like Ive shaken most of that off, McIlroy said. It should be a good weekend. Im just happy to be in the mix. ' ' ' 
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