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Blue Jays end sloppy Rays' seven-game winning streak

CBSSports.com wire reports
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TORONTO -- The Tampa Bay Rays picked a bad time for their worst defensive performance of the season.

R.A. Dickey slowed Tampa Bay's stretch run, leading the Toronto Blue Jays to a 6-3 victory Friday night that stopped the Rays' seven-game winning streak.

"One of those games," Rays manager Joe Maddon said. "We've been on a pretty good run. Go get a good night's sleep and come back tomorrow."

Tampa Bay dropped into a tie with Cleveland for the two AL wild cards, one game ahead of Texas. The Rays' magic number for clinching remained at two over Texas.

"We really still are in the driver's seat," Longoria said. "It's not like we're playing catchup at this point."

It was an ugly night for the Rays, who wasted a 2-0 lead and committed a season-high three errors, including a pair by two-time Gold Glove third baseman Evan Longoria.

"I had an uncharacteristically sloppy game," Longoria said. "Unfortunately, they came back to bite us today."

Dickey (14-13) allowed two runs and five hits in 7 1/3 innings, retiring 13 of 14 during one stretch. The 38-year-old knuckleballer, acquired from the New York Mets during the offseason after he won the NL Cy Young Award, struggled earlier this season but finished strongly, going 5-1 with a 3.17 ERA in his last seven starts.

"He had a good year," Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said. "It was his 14th win, and for a team below .500, you'll take that."

Tampa Bay, which had won seven of its previous nine against Toronto, went ahead on home runs by Ben Zobrist in the first and Delmon Young in the second, his second in two games and the 100th of his career. Dickey allowed 35 homers, one behind the major league-high total of Oakland's A.J. Griffin (36).

Dickey recovered from the shaky opening and allowed just one hit after the third.

"He was able to kind of settle in and get into the rhythm of the game," Longoria said. "He just shut us down offensively after that."

Hellickson retired nine in a row before Jose Reyes singled to open the fourth. After a sacrifice, Brett Lawrie reached on Longoria's fielding error, and Moises Sierra and Anthony Gose followed with RBI singles.

Ryan Goins grounded a go-ahead single up the middle, and center fielder Sam Fuld overran the ball, which went all the way to the wall. Anthony Gose scored on the error for a 4-2 lead, and Goins was thrown out at the plate on Zobrist's relay from shortstop.

"I think I just took my eye off it just a second too early," Fuld said. "You can't really imagine a worse scenario as an outfielder."

Hellickson (12-10) allowed six runs -- three earned -- and six hits in 4 2/3 innings. He was disappointed he didn't overcome his teammates' defensive miscues.

"The guys have been picking me up all year, offensively and defensively," Hellickson said. "It would have been nice to pick them up for once."

Lawrie and Sierra chased Hellickson with run-scoring singles in the fifth.

Dickey left after two errors and a walk helped the Rays load the bases with one out in the eighth. Sergio Santos came on and got James Loney to ground into a double play on the first pitch.

"That was our opportunity right there," Maddon said.

Santos gave up Kelly Johnson's RBI double in the ninth, then struck out pinch-hitter Luke Scott for his first save in three chances.

Lawrie's lip was cut in the seventh when a Roberto Hernandez pitch grazed his shoulder and bounced off his cheek. Bleeding from his mouth as he walked to first base, Lawrie was checked by a trainer but remained in the game. He was replaced by Mark DeRosa in the ninth.

"He was bleeding from his lip and from inside his mouth so we took him out for precautionary reasons," Gibbons said. "He's a tough dude."

Notes

Tampa Bay's previous three-error game was Sept. 18, 2012 against Boston. ... Toronto's Adam Lind (back) missed his second straight game. ... Rays SS Yunel Escobar (left ankle) is expected to return to the starting lineup Saturday.

 
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Luke Scott and the Rays commit a season-high three errors as they see their seven-game winning streak come to an end.  (ULive)
Luke Scott and the Rays commit a season-high three errors as they see their seven-game winning streak come to an end. (ULive)

Players of the Game
Tampa Bay

B. Zobrist
AB 3
R 1
H 3
HR 1
RBI 1
Toronto

M. Sierra
AB 3
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 2
 
Tampa Bay Rays
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Matt Joyce, RF-LF4000001 .237
Ben Zobrist, SS3131100 .275
James Loney, 1B4000003 .301
Evan Longoria, 3B4110011 .267
David DeJesus, LF-CF4000021 .253
Delmon Young, DH4111021 .262
Kelly Johnson, 2B4011000 .235
Jose Lobaton, C3000000 .249
   a-Luke Scott, PH1000011 .241
Sam Fuld, CF2010000 .197
   b-Wil Myers, PH-RF1000000 .290
Jeremy Hellickson, P0000000 .333
   Wesley Wright, P0000000 .000
   Brandon Gomes, P0000000 .000
   Cesar Ramos, P0000000 .000
   Roberto Hernandez, P0000000 .000
   Jeff Beliveau, P0000000 .000
   Josh Lueke, P0000000 .000
Totals3437316  
a-struck out for Lobaton in the 9th
b-hit into fielder's choice for Fuld in the 8th
Batting
2B - Kelly Johnson (12, Santos)
HR - Ben Zobrist (12, Dickey), Delmon Young (11, Dickey)
RBI - Ben Zobrist (71), Delmon Young (35), Kelly Johnson (52)
2-OUT RBI - Kelly Johnson (19)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Matt Joyce 1
E - Sam Fuld (1, Misplayed grounder), Evan Longoria 2 (11, Misplayed grounder)
Tampa Bay Rays
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jeremy Hellickson (L,12-10) 4.2663250 5.17
Wesley Wright 1100030 3.69
Brandon Gomes 0.1000010 6.27
Cesar Ramos 0.2000020 4.34
Roberto Hernandez 0000100 4.89
Jeff Beliveau 0.2100100 0.00
Josh Lueke 0.2000000 5.06
WP - Josh Lueke (3)
HBP - Lawrie (by Roberto Hernandez)
Pitches-Strikes - Jeremy Hellickson 75-47, Wesley Wright 16-11, Brandon Gomes 3-3, Cesar Ramos 11-7, Roberto Hernandez 9-4, Jeff Beliveau 11-4, Josh Lueke 9-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jeremy Hellickson 6-3, Jeff Beliveau 1-1, Josh Lueke 1-1
Batters Faced - Jeremy Hellickson 22, Wesley Wright 4, Brandon Gomes 1, Cesar Ramos 2, Roberto Hernandez 2, Jeff Beliveau 4, Josh Lueke 2
Toronto Blue Jays
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Jose Reyes, SS4210122 .295
Munenori Kawasaki, DH2100110 .232
Brett Lawrie, 3B3111000 .248
   Ryan Langerhans, 1B0000000 .000
Moises Sierra, RF3122110 .290
Anthony Gose, CF4111014 .252
Mark DeRosa, 1B-3B4000022 .229
Ryan Goins, 2B4021010 .264
Josh Thole, C3010110 .183
Kevin Pillar, LF4000023 .191
R.A. Dickey, P0000000 .333
   Sergio Santos, P0000000 .000
Totals31685411  
Batting
2B - Ryan Goins (5, Beliveau)
SH - Munenori Kawasaki (10)
RBI - Brett Lawrie (45), Moises Sierra 2 (13), Anthony Gose (11), Ryan Goins (6)
2-OUT RBI - Brett Lawrie (16), Moises Sierra (7), Ryan Goins (3)
SB - Brett Lawrie (9, 2nd base off R. Hernandez/Lobaton)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Goins-Reyes-DeRosa, Goins-Reyes-DeRosa-Goins-Reyes-DeRosa
E - R.A. Dickey (2, Throwing), Jose Reyes (9, Dropped line drive)
Toronto Blue Jays
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
R.A. Dickey (W,14-13) 7.1522132 4.21
Sergio Santos (S,1) 1.2211030 1.82
Pitches-Strikes - R.A. Dickey 95-61, Sergio Santos 16-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - R.A. Dickey 10-10, Sergio Santos 1-0
Batters Faced - R.A. Dickey 29, Sergio Santos 6
Game Information
Attendance - 27288
Game Time - 2:42
Temperature - 68
Umpires - Home - Eric Cooper, First Base - Chad Fairchild, Second Base - Paul Schrieber, Third Base - Jeff Kellogg