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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Tampa Bay's suddenly potent lineup is powering the Rays back into the playoff chase.
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"It seems like we've been having more fun," Longoria said. "That's probably the biggest thing. It's really all about the belief that you can score runs, and we didn't have that for a while. It seems like it's back now."
The Blue Jays have lost five in a row, including the first two of the weekend set against the Rays to make it 17 consecutive losing series at Tampa Bay -- two short of the AL record. The New York Yankees won 19 consecutive home series against the St. Louis Browns from 1946-51.
"I can only speak to the last two years," Toronto manager John Farrell said. "It's an outstanding pitching staff. We've been in some close games here late in games where they've hit a ball out of the ballpark or scored some runs late. They're a good team."
Blue Jays shortstop Yunel Escobar was back in the starting lineup two days after he served a three-game suspension for wearing eye-black displaying an anti-gay slur written in Spanish. He went 0 for 4.
"We have to have another one-game winning streak [Sunday]," Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon said. "Anxiety lives in the future. You've got to stay in the present. You've got to focus on today, and that's what we've been doing."
Upton has 25 homers this season, including seven in his last 13 games.
Longoria put the Rays ahead 4-2 with a three-run homer in the second against Brandon Morrow (8-7), who gave up five runs and five hits in four innings.
Jennings tacked on a solo drive in the fourth for his fourth home run in 13 at-bats against Morrow.
Lind trimmed Tampa Bay's lead to 5-4 with a two-run triple in the fifth. The ball got past Jennings, who failed to make a sliding catch in left.
Moore, who had lost his four previous starts, was pulled by Maddon after allowing two runs and three hits over 2 2/3 innings. The rookie left-hander departed with two on and has lasted four innings or less in three consecutive starts.
"I really don't feel [fatigued]," Moore said. "That's definitely not the issue."
Burke Badenhop (3-2) replaced Moore and retired all four batters he faced.
Tampa Bay got on the board in the first when Francisco walked -- the Rays' third free pass of the inning -- with the bases loaded and two outs.
Toronto's Adeiny Hechavarria had an eighth-inning RBI single.
Escobar, who was out during a three-game series against the Yankees, had a pinch-hit single in the eighth inning of the Blue Jays' 12-1 loss to the Rays on Friday night.
"It's time to get back in there," Farrell said. "Whether he's completely over what has taken place, I would venture to say that he's not. These are the things that he has to deal with."
Escobar apologized and said he meant it to be a joke.
|Evan Longoria has three RBI and connects for one of the Rays' four home runs in their win over the Blue Jays. (Getty Images)|
|Players of the Game|
|Toronto Blue Jays|
|Brett Lawrie, 3B||4||2||2||0||1||0||1||.276|
|Rajai Davis, LF||4||1||2||0||1||1||2||.243|
|Edwin Encarnacion, DH||4||0||1||1||1||1||4||.281|
|Adam Lind, 1B||4||0||1||3||0||0||4||.237|
|Yunel Escobar, SS||4||0||0||0||0||0||6||.250|
|Moises Sierra, RF||4||1||1||0||0||1||1||.244|
|Jeff Mathis, C||4||0||1||0||0||2||1||.218|
|Yan Gomes, C||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.186|
|Adeiny Hechavarria, 2B||4||0||1||1||0||1||1||.250|
|Anthony Gose, CF||4||1||1||0||0||2||2||.211|
|2B - Brett Lawrie (25, Davis), Rajai Davis (22, Moore), Moises Sierra (4, Peralta)|
|3B - Adam Lind (2, McGee)|
|SF - Adam Lind (2)|
|RBI - Edwin Encarnacion (103), Adam Lind 3 (40), Adeiny Hechavarria (12)|
|2-OUT RBI - Adam Lind 2 (22)|
|SB - Rajai Davis (45, 2nd base off Moore/Molina)|
|Team LOB - 8|
|DP - Escobar-Hechavarria|
|Toronto Blue Jays|
|Brandon Morrow (L,8-7)||4||5||5||5||4||2||2||3.28|
|WP - Brandon Lyon (6)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Brandon Morrow 96-54, Brad Lincoln 29-17, Brandon Lyon 13-5, Brett Cecil 28-17, Jason Frasor 21-14, Joel Carreno 14-9|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brandon Morrow 4-6, Brad Lincoln 1-1, Brett Cecil 1-2|
|Batters Faced - Brandon Morrow 21, Brad Lincoln 9, Brandon Lyon 3, Brett Cecil 5, Jason Frasor 4, Joel Carreno 3|
|Tampa Bay Rays|
|Desmond Jennings, LF||3||4||3||1||2||0||0||.255|
|B.J. Upton, CF||4||1||1||2||1||0||4||.250|
|Elliot Johnson, SS||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.243|
|Evan Longoria, 3B||4||1||1||3||1||0||2||.284|
|Rich Thompson, CF||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.091|
|Jeff Keppinger, 1B||4||1||3||0||0||1||2||.331|
|a- Carlos Pena, PH-1B||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.198|
|Ben Zobrist, SS||2||0||0||0||2||0||2||.267|
|b- Luke Scott, PH||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||.230|
|Reid Brignac, 3B||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.095|
|Ben Francisco, DH-LF||4||1||1||2||1||0||4||.244|
|Matt Joyce, RF||5||0||0||0||0||0||4||.244|
|Ryan Roberts, 2B||5||1||2||1||0||1||0||.240|
|Jose Molina, C||4||2||3||2||0||0||0||.219|
|Chris Gimenez, C||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.221|
|a-flied out for Keppinger in the 7th|
|b-doubled for Zobrist in the 7th|
|2B - Jeff Keppinger (15, Lincoln), Luke Scott (22, Frasor), Ben Francisco (14, Lincoln), Ryan Roberts (19, Carreno)|
|HR - Desmond Jennings (13, Morrow), B.J. Upton (25, Lincoln), Evan Longoria (13, Morrow), Jose Molina (8, Lincoln)|
|RBI - Desmond Jennings (47), B.J. Upton 2 (73), Evan Longoria 3 (47), Ben Francisco 2 (12), Ryan Roberts (50), Jose Molina 2 (31)|
|2-OUT RBI - B.J. Upton 2 (19), Evan Longoria 3 (25), Ben Francisco (6), Ryan Roberts (22), Jose Molina 2 (4)|
|Team LOB - 10|
|Tampa Bay Rays|
|Burke Badenhop (W,3-2)||1.1||0||0||0||0||1||0||3.03|
|IBB - Encarnacion by Matt Moore|
|Pitches-Strikes - Matt Moore 50-30, Burke Badenhop 11-8, Jake McGee 13-10, Kyle Farnsworth 19-13, Wade Davis 20-13, Joel Peralta 22-13, Fernando Rodney 5-4|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Matt Moore 2-4, Burke Badenhop 3-0, Kyle Farnsworth 1-0, Wade Davis 1-1, Joel Peralta 1-1, Fernando Rodney 3-0|
|Batters Faced - Matt Moore 13, Burke Badenhop 4, Jake McGee 6, Kyle Farnsworth 4, Wade Davis 5, Joel Peralta 5, Fernando Rodney 3|
|Attendance - 15699|
|Game Time - 3:25|
|Temperature - 72|
|Umpires - Home - Todd Tichenor, First Base - Bob Davidson, Second Base - Brian Gorman, Third Base - Tony Randazzo|