Marcum K's 9 As Jays Defeat Rays 6-2

By Doug Sweeney,  Newser Staff
Posted May 7, 2008 10:11 PM CDT
Toronto Blue Jays' Shaun Marcum pitches against the Tampa Bay Rays during ninth inning baseball action in Toronto, Wednesday, May 7, 2008. The Blue Jays beat the Rays 6-2.    (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Aaron Harris)
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(Newser) – Shaun Marcum came within an out of a shutout, Scott Rolen hit a two-run homer and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Tampa Bay Rays 6-2 on Wednesday night. Marcum (4-2) walked one and struck out nine, allowing two runs in 8 2-3. He won back-to-back starts for the first time this season and lowered his ERA to 2.59.

The right-hander got two quick outs in the ninth before Akinori Iwamura singled down the third-base line and Carl Crawford reached on an infield chopper. B.J. Upton followed with a two-run double to center, ending Marcum's chance for his first career complete game. Scott Downs came on and ended the game by striking out Carlos Pena. Pena has struck out eight times in his past nine at-bats.