TORONTO (AP) — J.A. Happ has been through a lot this season. Facing the team that made his year so tough, he went out a winner.
Happ won for the first time in four starts, Ryan Goins and Kevin Pillar hit two-run homers and the Blue Jays beat Tampa Bay 7-2 Saturday, dropping the Rays into a tie with Texas for the second AL wild-card berth.
Happ spent almost three months on the disabled list after he was hit on the head by a line drive off the bat of Tampa Bay's Desmond Jennings on May 7. Happ also injured his right knee when he fell to the ground in pain, requiring a lengthy rehabilitation.
"It's been a long, tough year for him," Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said of Happ. "Overall it's a great way to finish for him. He can go into the offseason feeling confident and healthy."
Happ (5-7) worked a season-high 7 1-3 innings, allowing one run and five hits to win for the first time since Sept. 7 at Minnesota.
"It feels really good," he said. "I've been working and battling and feeling like I was close. I feel like finally the last several starts I've kind of been putting it together. It feels good to end on a good note."
Happ faced Jennings for the first time since the injury when the outfielder pinch hit for Jose Molina in the eighth inning. He grounded out to third base.
Adam Lind had two hits and three RBIs and Brett Lawrie reached base four times as the Blue Jays continued to make life tough for the Rays, who start left-hander Matt Moore (16-4) Sunday against rookie right-hander Todd Redmond (4-2).
Maddon insisted his bullpen is in good shape even after Saturday's starter, Chris Archer, lasted just 2 1-3 innings. The right-hander, who allowed one run and five hits, is 1-2 with a 4.78 ERA in his last six starts.