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Rasmus homers in 10th, Blue Jays beat Rays 1-0

By MARK DIDTLER
Associated Press
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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Colby Rasmus has become a part-time player with Toronto. He made the most of his only at-bat Thursday night.

Rasmus delivered a pinch-hit homer in the 10th inning and the Blue Jays earned their first three-game sweep at Tampa Bay with a 1-0 victory over the Rays.

''It feels good, but I wasn't going up with the intent to try and show anything that I haven't shown before,'' Rasmus said. ''I just wanted to go up there and try and help my team.''

Rasmus led off the 10th with a long drive into the right-field seats against Steve Geltz (0-1), sending Toronto to its fifth straight win.

Tampa Bay had runners at first and third with none out, and the bases loaded with one out, in the ninth. But reliever Brett Cecil (2-3) worked out of the jam by striking out three in the inning. Casey Janssen got three outs for his 21st save.

''For whatever reason, this has been a tough place for us to come play,'' Cecil said. ''I don't know about the other guys, but for me, we play in a dome also, but it opens and here it just doesn't to me have a baseball feel to it when you're out there during the game. You've got to put all those adversities aside.''

Toronto won the first two games of the series to stop a streak of 22 consecutive winless road series (including one in Orlando) against the Rays dating to April 6-8, 2007.

''Worked out just right,'' Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said.

Both starters, Toronto's Mark Buehrle and the Rays' Jake Odorizzi, had impressive outings.

Buehrle, who is 1-8 in 16 starts since June 7, allowed five hits, one walk and struck out four over eight innings. He started the season by winning 10 of 11 decisions over his first 12 starts.

Odorizzi, coming off a 7-0 win Saturday over Boston in which he allowed just one hit, gave up three hits, walked none and had three strikeouts in 7 1-3 innings.

''We have exceeded cardinal sins, mortal sins, original sins - we've passed them all up,'' Rays manager Joe Maddon said. ''We have totally wasted a lot of good pitching.''

Anthony Gose had a one-out double in the sixth, but Odorizzi got a liner from Jose Reyes and struck out Melky Cabrera.

Buehrle retired Ryan Hanigan on a foul pop fly with two runners on to end the second.

The Rays have been shut out 17 times this season. Toronto has 14 shutout victories.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Blue Jays: RHP Chad Jenkins is expected to miss the rest of the regular season after breaking his pitching hand while shagging balls in batting practice - making him the second Toronto pitcher in two days to get hurt during pregame warmups. RHP R.A. Dickey threw 62 pitches Thursday during his regular bullpen session between starts, one day after he was struck in the head by Evan Longoria's drive while standing in the left-field corner during BP.

Rays: CF Desmond Jennings is frustrated by lingering left knee soreness, but hopes to play before the season ends. He has missed seven straight games.

TALL ORDER

Tampa Bay has to finish 15-6 for a seventh consecutive winning season. The Rays are 31-41 at home. ''There's where we've messed up,'' Maddon said. ''I don't have any solid reasons.''

JANSSEN'S JOB

Janssen is now sharing the closer role with rookie Aaron Sanchez and has offered to pitch in innings other than the final one. Janssen entered Thursday with a 7.47 ERA since the All-Star break.

UP NEXT

Blue Jays: RHP Drew Hutchison (9-11) and Red Sox RHP Allen Webster (3-3) are the scheduled starters Friday night at Fenway Park.

Rays: RHP Alex Cobb (9-7) is set to face Baltimore LHP Wei-Yin Chen (14-4) on Friday night.

 
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Players of the Game
Toronto

M. Buehrle
IP 8.0
H 5
ER 0
BB 1
K 4
Tampa Bay

J. Odorizzi
IP 7.1
H 3
ER 0
BB 0
K 3
 

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Toronto Blue Jays
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLG
Jose Reyes, SS4000002.284.327.407
Melky Cabrera, LF4000011.300.348.457
   Kevin Pillar, LF0000000.237.246.339
Jose Bautista, RF4010000.285.397.517
Edwin Encarnacion, DH4000001.258.351.552
Adam Lind, 1B3000010.313.375.465
   a-John Mayberry Jr., PH0000000.213.304.418
   b-Colby Rasmus, PH1111000.228.289.449
   Steve Tolleson, 3B0000000.230.293.355
Dioner Navarro, C4000010.280.322.409
Danny Valencia, 3B-1B4010000.281.321.398
Ryan Goins, 2B2010000.202.226.279
   c-Munenori Kawasaki, PH-2B2000001.268.320.307
Anthony Gose, CF3010002.236.332.297
Mark Buehrle, P0000000.000.000.000
   Brett Cecil, P0000000.000.000.000
   Casey Janssen, P0000000.000.000.000
Totals3515103    
a-announced for Lind in the 10th
b-homered for Mayberry in the 10th
c-fouled out for Goins in the 8th
Batting
2B - Anthony Gose (6, Odorizzi)
HR - Colby Rasmus (17, Geltz)
RBI - Colby Rasmus (38)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Melky Cabrera 1
DP - Goins-Lind, Goins-Lind-Valencia-Goins-Lind
Toronto Blue Jays
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Mark Buehrle 8500140 3.34
Brett Cecil (W,2-3) 1200130 3.13
Casey Janssen (S,21) 1000100 3.72
IBB - Longoria by Brett Cecil
WP - Brett Cecil (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Mark Buehrle 98-62, Brett Cecil 24-12, Casey Janssen 13-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mark Buehrle 12-5, Casey Janssen 1-2
Batters Faced - Mark Buehrle 27, Brett Cecil 6, Casey Janssen 4
Tampa Bay Rays
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLG
Ben Zobrist, DH5020002.273.357.404
Wil Myers, RF4020001.223.303.336
Brandon Guyer, LF4000022.272.342.376
Evan Longoria, 3B3010100.255.325.397
Logan Forsythe, 2B4000034.231.286.337
Sean Rodriguez, 1B4000024.215.262.450
Yunel Escobar, SS3000100.245.312.308
Ryan Hanigan, C3010002.225.321.337
   a-David DeJesus, PH0000100.263.364.426
Kevin Kiermaier, CF4010002.265.319.455
Jake Odorizzi, P0000000.000.200.000
   Brad Boxberger, P0000000.000.000.000
   Jake McGee, P0000000.000.000.000
   Steven Geltz, P0000000.000.000.000
Totals3407037    
a-walked for Hanigan in the 10th
Batting
Team LOB - 7
Tampa Bay Rays
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jake Odorizzi 7.1300030 3.84
Brad Boxberger 0.2000000 1.98
Jake McGee 1100000 1.27
Steven Geltz (L,0-1) 1111001 3.86
Pitches-Strikes - Jake Odorizzi 90-64, Brad Boxberger 7-5, Jake McGee 14-10, Steven Geltz 18-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jake Odorizzi 2-17, Brad Boxberger 1-1, Jake McGee 2-1, Steven Geltz 1-2
Batters Faced - Jake Odorizzi 25, Brad Boxberger 2, Jake McGee 4, Steven Geltz 4
Game Information
Attendance - 10392
Game Time - 2:49
Temperature - 72
Umpires - Home - Lance Barksdale, First Base - Kerwin Danley, Second Base - Gary Cederstrom, Third Base - Chris Segal