The Rays don't like the phrase winning ugly.
But after extending their inexplicable run of success Wednesday in a 6-5 win during which the Blue Jays made five errors and several other misplays, walked five, hit two batters and threw a wild pitch, they couldn't really call it an oil painting.
"It was more like a finger-painting," manager Joe Maddon said.
More than anything, the Rays were relieved. They took a 6-0 lead after three innings thanks to the Jays' generosity, and they nearly gave it all back. Matt Joyce, who earlier hit a two-run homer, saved two runs with a running catch to end the seventh inning.
As a result, Tampa Bay extended its big-league-best road mark to 14-5, maintained its two-game margin in the AL East by improving to 25-18 overall and stopped the Jays' six-game winning streak.
For a group that settled into its Toronto hotel around 4 a.m., that's a pretty good day.
"You take any win you can get," Joyce said.
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