Upton homers again as Rays beat Jays 3-0

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - B.J. Upton hit his eighth home run in 14 games and Jeremy Hellickson won for the first time in more than a month to help the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Toronto Blue Jays, 3-0, Sunday.

It was the fifth straight win for the Rays, who started the day 3 1/2 games behind the Oakland Athletics in the race for the AL's second wild-card spot.

Hellickson (9-10) pitched 5 2-3 innings, giving up five hits and two walks while striking out six. The right-hander has given up only 16 runs in his last eight starts, but has won only two of them. Sunday marked his first win since Aug. 20.

Fernando Rodney pitched the ninth for his 44th save.

Upton's 26th home run came in the first inning off Chad Jenkins, who was making his first major league start.

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