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Rays Fall In Slugfest To Blue Jays

 
Rays Fall In Slugfest To Blue Jays

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The Tampa Bay Rays came into Monday's game on a roll, but they ran up against an even hotter team.

Toronto used a four-run bottom of the fifth inning to break a 5-5 tie and chase Erik Bedard as the Blue Jays beat the Rays 10-5 Monday at Rogers Centre.

Bedard, who came in to the night with a 0.78 earned run average in the month of May, allowed the first five Blue Jays to hit safely, leading to runs on a double by Melky Cabrera and single by Jose Bautista.

Tampa Bay rallied to tie the game in the third, as David DeJesus hit a solo home run off starter Drew Hutchinson with one out.  The Rays would go on to load the bases on walks to Evan Longoria and Matt Joyce and a base hit by Desmond Jennings before James Loney lifted a sacrifice fly to score Longoria to make it 2-2.

The Blue Jays regained the lead in the fourth as Dioner Navarro and Steve Tolleson hit back-to-back solo home runs against Bedard.  Kevin Pillar then reached on an error, and would score later in the inning on a base hit by Cabrera.

The Rays would once again rally in the fourth to even the contest, as Joyce doubled off Hutchinson with one out and Desmond Jennings brought him in with a two-run homer to get the contest to 5-4.

Loney followed with a home run of his own to tie the conetest at 5-5.

The deadlock again didn't last long, as Toronto used back-to-back doubles by Edwin Encarnacion and Brett Lawrie to break the tie.  Navarro then scored Lawrie with a single to make it 7-5 and chase Bedard.

Joe Maddon would turn to Alex Colome, who allowed a walk to pinch-hitter Juan Francisco and a single to Anthony Gose top load the bases before walking Jose Reyes to force in a run.  Cabrera then made it 9-5 with a sacrifice fly.

Encarnacion would cap the scoring an inning later with his 15th home run of the year, a solo shot off Colome.

The loss snaps Tampa Bay's four-game winning streak.

The Rays will look to rebound Tuesday, when Alex Cobb (1-1, 1.40 ERA) takes on left-hander Mark Buehrle (8-1, 2.16 ERA).  First pitch is scheduled for 7:07, with pregame coverage on WDAE starting at 6:00 with the Suncoast Hyundai Dealers Inside Pitch.

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