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Rays outhit Jays 10-4, lose 2-1

Aug 31, 2012, 11:10 PM EDT

Jeremy Hellickson AP

The Rays lost for an MLB-high 11th time while allowing two runs or less Friday in dropping a 2-1 game to the Blue Jays.

Tampa Bay outhit Toronto 10-4 in the contest, but could muster only a single run, that coming when Desmond Jennings homered in the third.

The Rays had pinch-runner Elliot Johnson cut down at home plate for the final out of the game. They’ve now lost 11 of their last 12 one-run games.

Brandon Morrow was the winning pitcher for the Jays tonight in his second start back from a strained oblique. He allowed one run on eight hits in 6 2/3 innings and struck out five.

Jeremy Hellickson fell to 8-10 despite allowing just two runs in six innings. The Jays got their runs on solo homers from Moises Sierra and Edwin Encarnacion.

Tampa Bay has scored more than two runs in just one of Hellickson’s 10 losses. They’ve scored three runs or fewer in 17 of his 25 starts.

  1. gotampabay52 - Aug 31, 2012 at 11:23 PM

    we play like thhs we don’t make playoffs get we could go far if we made the playoffs

    • pisano - Sep 1, 2012 at 5:29 PM

      Can you please get someone to translate for you, cur68 has tried the best he could, but even he’s thrown in the towel. Do you have spell check? it works, honestly.

  2. raysfan1 - Aug 31, 2012 at 11:37 PM

    “Augh!”–Charlie Brown

  3. flamethrower883 - Aug 31, 2012 at 11:39 PM

    It was Morrow’s second start back just so ya know

    • Matthew Pouliot - Aug 31, 2012 at 11:47 PM

      Whoops. Where was I six days ago?

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Sep 1, 2012 at 1:30 PM

        Should’ve been in Baltimore. There were plenty of empty seats.

  4. nbjays - Aug 31, 2012 at 11:55 PM

    Helluva throw by Sierra on that final out. Mathis did a great job blocking the plate and Johnson definitely got the worst of it. Nice win tonight by the Jays, good to see Morrow back.

    • missthemexpos - Sep 1, 2012 at 12:08 AM

      The last play of the game with Mathis stonewalling Johnson attempting to score was in my opinion just as exciting as a walk off homer. Johnson looked really shaky getting to his feet after his face plant to the side of home plate.

  5. randygnyc - Sep 1, 2012 at 12:50 AM

    Jays played good and helped stave off the rays onslaught against the Yankees. Thx

    On another note, there were 2 homeplate collisions tonight. (chipper). 3 this week. ALL CLEAN PLAYS, IMO. (coincidentally, all outs, too.)

  6. proudlycanadian - Sep 1, 2012 at 5:37 AM

    Rajai Davis threw out a runner at home in the second inning and Moises Sierra threw out Johnson at home in the 9th. Johnson made a great effort, but Mathis kept lower than Johnson and consequently Johnson ended up face first in the dirt and was bleeding from a few scratches on his face. Just a great play by Sierra, Mathis and Johnson and a heck of a way to end the game. Prior to the game, the Jays had their outfielders practice throws from the outfield and it paid off with the win.

  7. cackalackyank - Sep 1, 2012 at 9:46 AM

    OK so other teams besides the Yankees struggle with hitting with RISP too. Good to know.

  8. cur68 - Sep 1, 2012 at 11:17 AM

    That’s a pretty good outfield the Beav has there. Twice gunning guys down and their catcher holding on for the hit. Props to the boys in the OF, but it was Mathis with his carcass on the line. Know what the new market inefficiency is? Catchers that were trained by Mike Scioscia. Rare as hen’s teeth and real good at playing catcher.

  9. proudlycanadian - Sep 1, 2012 at 12:41 PM

    Just saw a morning after picture of Elliot Johnson’s face. He was smiling, but the face was rather raw. I give him a lot of credit for the effort he put into the play.

    • jaysjunkie - Sep 2, 2012 at 12:56 PM

      Yes, his mug was quite a mess.

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