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5 Rays pitchers combine to shut out Blue Jays

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The Tampa Bay Rays were saved by a replay reversal, plus a pair of reversals by star center fielder Kevin Kiermaier. Alex Cobb and four relievers combined on a six-hitter and Kiermaier made two spectacular catches Thursday as the Rays beat the Toronto Blue Jays 2-0. Both of Kiermaier's plays came in the fifth inning. The two-time Gold Glover made an all-out sprint to catch Steve Pearce's drive with two runners on base, tumbling onto the warning track in right-center.…

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Late HR lifts Jays over Rays, 7-6

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Russell Martin hit a tiebreaking home run in the bottom of the eighth inning to lift the Toronto Blue Jays to a 7-6 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Wednesday night. Kendrys Morales homered among his two hits and drove in four runs for the Blue Jays, who won after giving up a three-run lead in the top of the eighth. Trailing 6-3, the Rays tied it on Logan Morrison‘s 19th homer, a two-run shot off reliever Joe Smith…

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Blue Jays rally to defeat Rays 8-4

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Kendrys Morales had two late homers and drove in five runs, helping the Toronto Blue Jays rally from a three-run deficit to beat the Tampa Bay Rays 8-4 on Friday night. Morales hit a two-run shot during the seventh inning and completed his 18th career multihomer game with a three-run drive off Jumbo Diaz (0-2) in a five-run eighth that put Toronto ahead 8-4. Justin Smoak added a solo homer in the decisive eighth and finished with two RBIs for…

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Blue Jays win 2 in row for 1st time this year, top Rays 3-1

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An abbreviated outing by Aaron Sanchez left the Blue Jays bullpen with plenty of work to do. Toronto’s relievers handled the task in style. Russell Martin hit a go-ahead single during a three-run rally in the eighth inning and the Blue Jays posted back-to-back wins for the first time this season, beating the Tampa Bay Rays 3-1 Sunday. The Blue Jays started the day with a 7-17 record, the worst in the majors. A loss would’ve left them with the…

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Justin Smoak homers leading Blue Jays over Rays

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As they try to recover from a tough start, the stakes sure feel high to the Toronto Blue Jays. Justin Smoak had three hits, including a two-run homer, and the Blue Jays beat the Tampa Bay Rays 4-1 Saturday to end a three-game losing streak. Smoak went 3 for 3 and scored twice as Toronto improved to 7-17. “Every win, we need,” Smoak said. It was Smoak’s fifth multihit game of the season. He raised his average to .274. “We’re…

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