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Blue Jays homer their way past Rays 7-4


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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) The last time the Toronto Blue Jays won a series at Tropicana Field was back in 2007 and Dioner Navarro was the catcher for the losing Tampa Bay Rays.

Now he helped the Blue Jays clinch their first series victory since then, homering for the second straight game as Toronto won 7-4 on Wednesday night.

''Better later than never, right?'' Navarro said after spotting the Blue Jays an early 2-0 lead with a two-run homer off Chris Archer. They went to win their fourth straight game.

By winning the first two games of the three-game series, the Blue Jays clinched their first series victory at Tropicana Field since April 6-8, 2007, breaking a string of 21 straight non-winning series here. They had lost 17 consecutive road series against the Rays (including one in Orlando) before splitting a four-game series on May 6-9, 2013.

''For one series we were able to get the monkey off our back,'' said Blue Jays manager John Gibbons. ''Now we've got to get greedy and go out and win that one tomorrow, come up with a great series.''

Edwin Encarnacion also homered for Toronto, and Adam Lind had four straight hits and scored twice. Encarnacion's 29th homer completed a three-run run fifth inning off Archer (8-8) that gave Toronto a 6-0 lead.

Marcus Stroman pitched five shutout innings before giving up two runs on four hits in the sixth. Stroman (9-5) gave up seven hits and two runs in six innings, winning his second straight start.

''We're starting to put it together,'' he said. ''The offense and the confidence have been there all year. It's just starting to finally click, I feel.

Aaron Sanchez pitched the ninth for his second save.

Archer (8-8) gave up six runs in six innings and yielded 10 hits for the second straight time.

''My job is to get people out and I didn't do a good job of that, didn't execute the pitches,'' he said. ''Both (homers) I had two strikes on. Didn't execute, period.''

Evan Longoria drove in Tampa Bay's first run with a two-out single in the sixth, then hit his 18th home run off Dustin McGowan in the eighth.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Blue Jays: Encarnacion was the DH for the second straight game due to minor back discomfort. . . . RHP R.A. Dickey, Tuesday night's winning pitcher, was hit in the head by a line drive during batting practice. The Jays said he is not injured.

Rays: CF Desmond Jennings (bruised left knee) was out of the lineup for the sixth consecutive games and could miss a few more games. ... LHP Matt Moore, coming back from elbow ligament replacement surgery in April, could play catch for the first time next week.

ON DECK

Rays RHP Jake Odorizzi (10-11) and Blue Jays LHP Mark Buehrle (11-9) are the scheduled starters in the finale of a three-game series Thursday night. Odorizzi is coming off a 7-0 win over Boston Saturday in which he allowed one hit in seven innings.

DELAYS OF GAME

The game was held up for 30 minutes during the third inning when lightning struck a nearby power station, knocking out a bank of lights. There was a delay of 3 minutes, 21 seconds when an umpire review confirmed Encarnacion's home run, and another delay if 1:24 when a replay challenge gave the Rays' James Loney an RBI single after he had been called out.

 
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Players of the Game
Toronto

D. Navarro
AB 2
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
Tampa Bay

E. Longoria
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 3
 

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Toronto Blue Jays
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLG
Jose Reyes, SS5020001.286.330.411
Melky Cabrera, LF4001002.302.351.460
   Kevin Pillar, LF0000000.237.246.339
Jose Bautista, RF5220011.286.398.519
Edwin Encarnacion, DH5112031.261.354.558
Adam Lind, 1B5240000.317.380.471
   Steve Tolleson, 3B0000000.230.293.355
Dioner Navarro, C2122200.283.324.412
Danny Valencia, 3B-1B2002002.281.322.401
Ryan Goins, 2B4000013.197.221.276
Anthony Gose, CF4110000.235.332.291
Marcus Stroman, P0000000.000.000.000
   Aaron Loup, P0000000.000.000.000
   Dustin McGowan, P0000000.000.000.000
   Aaron Sanchez, P0000000.000.000.000
Totals36712725    
Batting
2B - Adam Lind (21, Archer)
3B - Jose Reyes (4, Archer)
HR - Edwin Encarnacion (29, Archer), Dioner Navarro (12, Archer)
SF - Melky Cabrera (5), Danny Valencia 2 (3)
RBI - Melky Cabrera (73), Edwin Encarnacion 2 (79), Dioner Navarro 2 (61), Danny Valencia 2 (20)
2-OUT RBI - Edwin Encarnacion 2 (31)
SB - Jose Reyes 2 (26, 2nd base off Archer/Molina), Anthony Gose (15, 2nd base off Archer/Molina)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Lind-Reyes, Lind-Reyes-Goins-Reyes-Lind
Toronto Blue Jays
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Marcus Stroman (W,9-5) 6722140 3.83
Aaron Loup 1100010 2.87
Dustin McGowan 1222011 4.32
Aaron Sanchez (S,2) 1100010 1.52
Pitches-Strikes - Marcus Stroman 76-49, Aaron Loup 21-14, Dustin McGowan 23-12, Aaron Sanchez 12-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Marcus Stroman 8-4, Dustin McGowan 2-0, Aaron Sanchez 2-0
Batters Faced - Marcus Stroman 24, Aaron Loup 4, Dustin McGowan 5, Aaron Sanchez 4
Tampa Bay Rays
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLG
Ben Zobrist, 2B4120112.272.357.404
Wil Myers, RF4110013.218.300.333
Matt Joyce, LF4110012.263.359.399
Evan Longoria, 3B4123001.254.323.398
James Loney, 1B4011010.283.330.370
Yunel Escobar, SS4010012.246.313.310
David DeJesus, DH2010000.263.361.426
   a-Sean Rodriguez, PH-DH2000010.220.267.459
Jose Molina, C3000011.182.235.191
   b-Ryan Hanigan, PH1000000.223.321.337
Kevin Kiermaier, CF2000000.265.320.458
   c-Brandon Guyer, PH-CF2020000.278.348.383
Chris Archer, P0000000.000.000.000
   Kirby Yates, P0000000.000.000.000
   Jeff Beliveau, P0000000.000.000.000
   Grant Balfour, P0000000.000.000.000
Totals36411417    
a-struck out for DeJesus in the 7th
b-grounded out for Molina in the 9th
c-singled for Kiermaier in the 7th
Batting
HR - Evan Longoria (18, McGowan)
RBI - Evan Longoria 3 (81), James Loney (63)
2-OUT RBI - Evan Longoria (35), James Loney (21)
Team LOB - 6
Tampa Bay Rays
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Chris Archer (L,8-8) 61066122 3.60
Kirby Yates 1211110 3.48
Jeff Beliveau 1000000 1.93
Grant Balfour 1000020 5.07
IBB - Navarro by Kirby Yates
WP - Chris Archer 2 (8)
Pitches-Strikes - Chris Archer 102-73, Kirby Yates 32-18, Jeff Beliveau 10-7, Grant Balfour 16-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chris Archer 6-10, Jeff Beliveau 2-1
Batters Faced - Chris Archer 29, Kirby Yates 6, Jeff Beliveau 3, Grant Balfour 3
Game Information
Attendance - 10264
Game Time - 3:09
Temperature - 72
Umpires - Home - Chris Segal, First Base - Lance Barksdale, Second Base - Kerwin Danley, Third Base - Gary Cederstrom