Blue Jays beat Rays 8-2 for 3rd straight win
Jays relief pitcher Todd Redmond, right, shakes hands with catcher Dioner Navarro after closing out the Tampa Bay Rays during the ninth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
The Associated Press
Published Tuesday, September 2, 2014 10:35PM EDT
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Jose Reyes hit a three-run homer, R.A. Dickey gave up two hits in seven innings and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Tampa Bay Rays 8-2 Tuesday night.
Reyes' ninth home run broke a 2-all in the fourth inning and sent the Blue Jays to their third win in a row.
Danny Valencia also homered off Rays starter Jeremy Hellickson (1-3). Pinch-hitter Dioner Navarro added a two-run shot off Cesar Ramos in the eighth.
Jose Bautista's streak of homering in five straight games ended, but he had two singles and an RBI for Toronto.
Dickey (11-12) gave up two runs, struck out six and walked three.
Dickey pitched at least six innings for the 13th time in 14 starts. Aaron Sanchez and Todd Redmond each pitched an inning of hitless relief.
The Rays got both of their hits and runs in the second. Yunel Escobar scored the second run on Kevin Kiermaier's sacrifice fly caught by Reyes, the shortstop, in short left field.
Reyes, who singled and scored in the third, had his 13th multiple-hit game in his last 29 games.
Hellickson gave up five runs on eight hits in 3 1-3 innings, the shortest of his nine starts since coming back from January elbow surgery.
A win on Wednesday or Thursday night would give the Blue Jays their first series victory at Tropicana Field since April 6-8, 2007.
Blue Jays: INF Brett Lawrie (oblique) was transferred from the 15- to 60-day disabled list, which ends his regular season. ... RHP Brandon Morrow (finger) and 1B Dan Johnson (hamstring) were activated from the disabled list. ... LHP Brett Cecil was unavailable due to some minor stiffness.
Rays: CF Desmond Jennings (sore left knee) was out of the lineup for the fifth straight game.
Rays RHP Chris Archer (8-7) and Blue Jays RHP Marcus Stroman (8-5) are Wednesday night's scheduled starters. Archer is coming off a loss to Boston Friday where he gave up a season-high eight runs in four innings.
Former Blue Jays pitcher and one-time Rays bat boy Jesse Litsch threw the ceremonial first pitch. The St. Petersburg native, who announced his retirement last month, went 27-27 over parts of five seasons with Toronto.