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Red-hot Tampa Bay Rays hold on to down Toronto Blue Jays

4:37 PM, Jul 20, 2013   |    comments
Toronto Blue Jays shortstop Jose Reyes, top, collides with Tampa Bay Rays' Desmond Jennings as he tags him out stealing second base during the fifth inning of a baseball game Toronto on Saturday July 20, 2013. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Frank Gunn)
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Toronto, ON (Sports Network) - Wil Myers drove in two runs to help lead the Tampa Bay Rays past the Toronto Blue Jays, 4-2, in the middle tilt of a three-game set at Rogers Centre.

Desmond Jennings collected three hits and scored twice for the Rays, who have won four straight and 16 of their last 18 games, while Evan Longoria had the other RBI for Tampa Bay.

Jeremy Hellickson (9-3) yielded two runs on five hits and three walks over five frames. He hasn't suffered a loss since June 13 against Kansas City, going 5-0 over six starts in that span.

Rays closer Fernando Rodney made things interesting in the ninth. He walked Brett Lawrie and Jose Bautista connected on a two-out base hit before Edwin Encarnacion's grounder somehow got past Rodney to plate Lawrie from third.

Rodney was able to get Adam Lind to fly out to center with runners on second and third to secure the victory and collect his 23rd save of the season.

Mark Buehrle (5-7) bounced back from his worst outing of the year with a solid start for Toronto, but still absorbed the loss. He surrendered four runs -- three earned -- on 10 hits and three walks in seven innings of work.

Bautista smacked his 22nd homer of the year and Encarnacion added an RBI for the Blue Jays, who have dropped three straight and seven of their last 10 contests.

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