Tampa Bay Rays center fielder BJ Upton during the first day of his rehab stint with the AA Montgomery Biscuits.
Montgomery, Ala. (Montgomery Advertiser) -- Rays center fielder B.J. Upton, in his first game on a three-day rehab stay with the AA Montgomery Biscuits, had two key hits and one key baserunning play in an 8-7 win Monday over the Mobile BayBears.
After recording Montgomery's first hit in the fourth, he also had an RBI single in a two-run ninth. He also was a distraction on the groundball that ended it.
Instead of an inning-ending double play, the Biscuits had the winning run come home.
"He was clear of the shortstop," Biscuits manager Billy Gardner said. "It was more of a distracting-type play."
Henry Wrigley hit a potential inning-ending double-play groundball to shortstop Wladimir Sutil. Upton paused just enough to apparently distract Sutil, Wrigley beat the play at first and Hak-Ju Lee scored to win it.
While the Biscuits celebrated, the BayBears argued.
Upton, who was unavailable for comment after the game, has two more days with the Biscuits. He's in the final stages of returning from a back injury suffered in a mid-March outfield collision with Desmond Jennings.
On Monday, he finished 2-for-4 with a walk, an RBI and a run scored. His groundball in the fourth inning through the right side was Montgomery's first hit and led to its first run.
In the ninth, he fell behind in the count 0-2 before hitting a chopper over first baseman Raoul Torrez's head. It brought in the game-tying run. It was also the second straight hit in which a Biscuit went from first to third.
"He let the ball get real deep and was battling," Gardner said. "We did a lot of good things and were aggressive on the bases. ... We had a lot of good things happen for us."
Wrigley finished with four RBIs, hit his fourth home run and also recorded his fourth outfield assist. His two-run home run in the fourth gave the Biscuits a 2-0 lead. He had an RBI double in a three-run sixth that made it 6-1.
"That's what we expect out of Henry," Gardner said. "He's in the middle of the lineup and we expect him to be a run producer."
A. Stacy Long, The Montgomery Advertiser