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Rays start the second half as Jays beat up Jake Odorizzi

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Is this any way to start the second half?

The Tampa Bay Rays didn’t get enough pitching and they didn’t get enough hitting Friday night. As a result, they fell back to .500 Friday night, losing a 6-2 game to the Toronto Blue Jays. Toronto scored five runs in the fifth to pull into a tie with the second-place Rays, who managed only five hits on the night.

For Tampa Bay, starter Jake Odorizzi didn’t make it out of the fifth inning. Odorizzi gave up six hits and five walks in his 4 1/3 innings. Odorizzi gave up more home runs (2) than he had strikeouts (1), and he walked his first two batters.

Both Josh Donaldson and Justin Smoak homered for the Blue Jays in their five-run fifth.

Grady Sizemore homered for the Rays.

Today, Erasmo Ramirez tries to tie Chris Archer for the team lead in wins with nine.

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

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