ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - B.J. Upton and Jose Molina homered during a six-run fifth inning and the surging Tampa Bay Rays beat the Toronto Blue Jays 11-5 on Saturday night for their fourth consecutive victory.
Evan Longoria and Desmond Jennings also connected for the Rays, who moved within 3½ games of Oakland for the second AL wild card. Tampa Bay has scored 43 runs during its winning streak.
The Blue Jays have lost 17 straight road series at Tampa Bay, which is two short of the AL record. The New York Yankees won 19 consecutive home series against the St. Louis Browns from 1946-51.
Blue Jays shortstop Yunel Escobar was back in the starting lineup two days after he served a three-game suspension for wearing eye-black displaying an anti-gay slur written in Spanish and went 0 for 4.
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