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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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Cubs rally for 7-3 win over Rays

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Jon Jay connected for his third career pinch-hit homer and Ian Happ hit a tiebreaking two-run single an inning later, helping the Chicago Cubs rally for a 7-3 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Wednesday. The Cubs appeared to be headed for their sixth loss in eight games before Jay drove a 1-2 pitch from Erasmo Ramirez (4-3) over the wall in left-center for a tying three-run shot with two out in the sixth inning. Jay then popped out…

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3-run 9th propels Orioles over Rays 8-5

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It had been a long road for Caleb Joseph and the Baltimore Orioles since they won a series away from Camden Yards. Joseph homered, then singled to start a three-run ninth inning Sunday that led the Orioles over the Tampa Bay Rays 8-5.  The O’s hadn’t won a road set since April 18-20 at Cincinnati. “It’s been that long?” Joseph asked. “Time goes by quickly so you don’t really recognize that you’re that deep into not winning a road series.…

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Rays shut down Reds 8-3

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This dash to third base was a bit different for Mallex Smith. The Tampa Bay left fielder rushed in to tag out speedy Billy Hamilton after a lengthy rundown, highlighting the Rays‘ 8-3 win over the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday. “When you get the fast guy like that, you’ve got to bring our fast guy and run him down,” Rays right fielder Steven Souza Jr. Hamilton stole his major league-leading 31st base in the fourth inning. But he later got…

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Corey Dickerson, Jesus Sucre homer in Rays 6-5 win over Reds

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Corey Dickerson went deep, Alex Cobb threw seven solid innings and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Cincinnati Reds 6-5 on Tuesday night. Dickerson had his 29th multi-hit game of the season with two hits. He drove in Tampa Bay’s first run with a third-inning single, then capped their scoring with his 16th home run in the fourth. Cobb (6-5) gave up two runs and eight hits while striking out six. Alex Colome pitched the ninth for his 20th save.…

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Tigers rout Rays 13-4

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Nicholas Castellanos doubled, tripled and drove in four runs as the Detroit Tigers routed the Tampa Bay Rays 13-4 on Friday night. Justin Upton drove in three runs for the Tigers, while Ian Kinsler and Alex Avila homered. Daniel Norris (4-4) got the win, giving up three runs on eight hits and a walk in six-plus innings. He matched a season high with eight strikeouts. Erasmo Ramirez (3-2) matched a career worst by allowing 10 runs on nine hits and…

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Rays, A’s split rare doubleheader

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The game was already long and there would be another one. Evan Longoria wanted to get it over. “We didn’t need more extra innings in a game like today,” Longoria said after his RBI single in the 10th inning lifted the Tampa Bay Rays over the Oakland Athletics 6-5 Saturday. “It’s been quite a while since I’ve gotten a walk-off hit. It felt good.” The Rays’ fourth straight win came in the opener of the majors’ first regularly scheduled doubleheader…

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