The Toronto Blue Jays (45-42) defeated the Tampa Bay Rays (53-37) 3-1 on Sunday afternoon at Tropicana Field. The Blue Jays avoided being swept by the Rays, who saw their winning streak end at six heading into the All-Star Break.
Robbie Ray was masterful for the Blue Jays, not allowing a Ray to get a hit until the seventh inning. All told he pitched seven innings of shutout baseball in which he struck out eleven and walked one. Rich Hill (6-4, 3.74) took the loss after allowing three earned runs in his five innings of work while striking out two and walking three.
The Blue Jays got a homer from Danny Jansen in the third, and added a pair of runs in the fourth, to get all the offense they would need. The Rays got one run back in the ninth inning on a solo home run from Brandon Lowe to avoid the shutout.
The Rays now head into the All-Star Break with a record of 53-37, and are off until they head to Atlanta for a three game series beginning July 16th. For the latest keep it locked on 95.3 WDAE & AM 620.
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