Tampa Bay blows lead late, loses to the Toronto Blue Jays

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The Toronto Blue Jays scored five times in the final three innings Sunday, ending up with a 7-3 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays.

The Rays led 3-2 after six but couldn’t hold the lead.

Tampa Bay, 11-11 in the spring, managed only four hits in the afternoon. However, RBI from Steven Souza and Corey Dickerson had them in the lead for a while.

Drew Hutchinson gave up only one earned run in his four innings of work.

Mike Bellati, who gave up two earned runs, absorbed the loss and the blown save for the Rays.

Tampa Bay is off today but plays Toronto again in Dunedin on Tuesday.

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