Three months ago at this same stadium J.A. Happ was at the centre of one of the scariest scenes imaginable on a baseball field.

He lay near-motionless at the foot of the mound blood pooling beside his head after he was struck mere centimetres from his temple with a hard line drive off the bat of Desmond Jennings.

The Blue Jays’ towering left-hander returned to Tropicana Field on Saturday for the first time since he was removed on a stretcher on May 7 — his career let alone the remainder of his season in doubt.

This time he walked off the field of his own accord and with his first win since April 12.

Happ was flawless through his first three innings and survived a scare in the fourth to pace the Jays to a 6-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays.

Jose Bautista and Adam Lind both homered — Lind went yard twice — and Brett Lawrie continued to swing the hottest bat in the Jays’ lineup extending his current hit streak to seven games with a single and a double. The 23-year-old third baseman now leads the majors with 26 hits this month.

Happ said he was looking forward to Saturday’s start not to erase any bad memories of his injury but because he had pitched so poorly in two previous starts at The Trop.

“To me (the head injury) is over with it was over with in my first game back.”

Happ saw the minimum through the game’s first third working with unusual efficiency as he retired the Rays lineup in order. But he ran into trouble right off the bat in the fourth frame when leadoff hitter Jason Bourgeois — filling in for the injured Jennings — bunted a single down the first-base line and Happ desperate to keep his perfect game dove and shovelled the dribbler to Edwin Encarnacion at first.

“He tried to make one of those Mark Buehrle plays from a couple years ago” manager John Gibbons joked.

Not only did Happ not get Bourgeois in time he also fell hard on his right knee. For a moment it looked as if this ballpark had felled him once again.

Recall that while Happ suffered a minor skull fracture from Jennings’ liner it was actually the sprained right knee suffered as he crumpled to the ground that kept him on the disabled list for three months. Happ who is still wearing a brace on that right knee said after the game that he fell directly on the kneecap and needed a minute to let the pain subside. He returned to the mound after a few warmup pitches.

But then things got a little wacky as they often do here.