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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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Blue Jays hit 6 home runs to outlast Rays

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Kevin Pillar hit Toronto’s sixth home run of the game in the eighth inning, lifting the Blue Jays over the Tampa Bay Rays 7-6 on Wednesday night. Pillar snapped a 6-6 tie with a homer off Tommy Hunter (2-5) to help the Blue Jays end a four-game losing streak. It was Pillar’s 13th homer of the season.

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Justin Smoak’s tie-breaking homer leads Jays over Rays

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Justin Smoak hit a tiebreaking home run in the eighth inning, Josh Donaldson added two solo blasts and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Tampa Bay Rays 5-3 on Thursday. Smoak hit a two-run drive off Tommy Hunter (2-4), his 33rd, as the Blue Jays took three of four from the Rays to remain on the fringes of the AL wild card race. Toronto is 10-5 in August.

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Rays looking more like a pretender each day

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When the All-Star break arrived on July 9, the Tampa Bay Rays were legitimate contenders for a playoff berth. They were 47-43 and tied for second place with the New York Yankees in the American League East. They were three and one-half games behind the division-leading Boston Red Sox thanks to taking three of four games at home heading into the break. This space said “one month from now it should be clear whether they can actually contend for a…

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Rays snap out of offensive funk to beat Blue Jays

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Lucas Duda hit a two-run homer, Wilson Ramos added a solo shot and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Toronto Blue Jays 6-4 on Tuesday night, snapping a four-game skid. Backed by Tampa Bay’s biggest offensive outburst since Aug. 1, Blake Snell pitched six innings to win for the first time this season. Snell’s last victory came Sept. 22, 2016, against the New York Yankees.

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The beat down goes on; Rays fall to Blue Jays

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Josh Donaldson homered for the second consecutive game, Nick Tepesch won for the first time in almost three years and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the slumping Tampa Bay Rays 2-1 on Monday night. The last-place Blue Jays have won 10 of 14 at home.

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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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