Former Covington Catholic and University of Kentucky star Luke Maile hit his third home run of the season, a solo shot, in the Tampa Bay Rays’ 8-3 victory against the AL East-leading Toronto Blue Jays on Friday night in St. Petersburg, Fla.
Maile is batting .256 with 14 RBI in 29 games this season.
Alex Cobb went five solid innings during his first start in two years, and Logan Morrison hit a go-ahead two-run homer.
Cobb, coming back from Tommy John surgery last year, allowed two runs and four hits in his first appearance since Sept 28, 2014, at Cleveland. He struck out seven — six looking — walked one and retired his final 10 batters.
Morrison put the Rays up 4-2 in sixth on his 12th homer off Marcus Stroman (9-6).
Maile’s homer and Kevin Kiermaier’s RBI triple off Francisco Liriano came before Brad Miller added a two-run shot against Ryan Tepera in a four-run seventh that made it 8-2. All three batters Liriano faced in his first relief appearances with Toronto after four starts scored.
Danny Farquhar (1-0) worked a scoreless sixth for the win.
Edwin Encarnacion had an RBI double and Russell Martin picked up his 22nd RBI in his last 16 games on an infield single as the Blue Jays went up 2-0 in the first.
Eddie Gamboa, a 31-year old knuckleballer, made his major league debut and loaded the bases on a single and two walks in the eighth before departing with one out.
The Blue Jays were able to score just once on Troy Tulowitzki’s grounder off Brad Boxberger.