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Rays fall to Blue Jays to clinch a losing record for 2015

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It is now official. The 2015 Tampa Bay Rays will forever be known as losers.

The Rays dropped their 82nd game of the year Friday, falling 8-4 to the Toronto Blue Jays. The Blue Jays had 17 hits on the night.

Rays had taken a 4-1 lead in the fifth inning on a three-run home run by Mikie Mahtook, his eighth of the year. But the Blue Jays stormed back with seven runs over their next two at bats to close out the night for the Rays.

Mark Buerhle finished just short of getting to 200 innings for the 15th straight year. Edwin Ercarnation and Russell Martin each homered for Toronto.

Richie Shaffer and Luke Maile each had two hits for the Rays.

Tampa Bay looks to Chris Archer, whose record has slid to 12-13, in this evening’s game.

Gary Shelton is one of the most recognized and honored sportswriters in the history of the state. He has won the APSE's national columnist of the year twice and finished in the top 10 eight times. He was named the Florida Sportswriter of the Year six times. Gary joined SaintPetersBlog in the spring, helping to bring a sports presence to the website. Over his time in sports writing, Gary has covered 29 Super Bowls, 10 Olympics, Final Fours, Masters, Wimbledons and college national championships. He was there when the Bucs won a Super Bowl, when the Lightning won a Stanley Cup and when the Rays went to a World Series. He has seen Florida, FSU and Miami all win national championships, and he covered Bear Bryant, Bobby Bowden and Don Shula along the way. He and his wife Janet have four children: Eric, Kevin, K.C. and Tori. To contact, visit garysheltonsports@gmail.com.

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