Hellickson’s Strong Start Wasted As Rays Fall To Jays 4-3

Rays Bullpen Unable To Secure Hellickson’s Strong Start

The Tampa Bay Rays were defeated by the  Toronto Blue Jays on Jose Reyes walk of single in the bottom of the 10th inning.

The loss drops the Rays record to 63-66 and combined with the Seattle Mariners victory over the Boston Red Sox drops the Rays to 7.5 games behind in the race for the second Wild Card.


Jeremy Hellickson started for the Rays and delivered 6.1 innings of solid pitching allowing just two runs (earned) on three hits while striking out eight and walking one.

Ben Zobrist put the Rays on the board first in what would be a back and forth affair with the lead changing five times on a bunt single to score Sean Rodriguez in the top of the third.

Zobrist would also help secure the lead for Hellickson and the Rays with an outstanding leaping catch to record the first out in the bottom of the seventh.

The Jays came back to take a 2-1 on a two out double by Jose Reyes that glanced off the glove of a diving Brandon Guyer and a Melky Cabrera RBI single to give the Jays the lead.

Jays starter Mark Buehrle held the lead until the seventh inning when the Rays responded with two runs to take a 3-2 lead on a RBI single by Jose Molina and a Sean Rodriguez RBI double.

The lead would be short lived as the normally reliable Brad Boxberger gave up  a 2-run homer to Dionner Navarro in the bottom of the eighth inning to give the Jays a 4-3 lead heading to the ninth.

Jays closer Casey Janssen was unable to lock down the save as the Rays rallied to score the tying run on a RBI single by James Loney but the rally was short circuited on a base running error by Kevin Kiermaier.

Loney’s single into the left field corner was fielded by Melky Cabrera who threw to Danny Valencia at third base. Kiermaier had rounded the bag and drifted too far off to get back safely and was tagged out for the second out of the inning.

Grant Balfour worked an encouraging 1.2 innings of scoreless ball and turned the game over to Joel Peralta in the ninth. Peralta worked a scoreless ninth but Colby Rasmus opened the 10th with a bunt single. Peralta struck out Danny Valencia for the first out and Munenori Kawasaki for the second out but Rasmus stole second to get into scoring position.

Joe Maddon went to his bullpen and summoned Jeff Beliveau who came in to face Jose Reyes who delivered the game winning single to left to give the Jays the 5-4 victory.

The win went to the Jays Dustin McGowan (5-3, 4.03 ERA) who worked a scoreless top of the 1oth inning and the loss is charged to Joel Peralta (2-4, 4.01 ERA).

The two teams finish their three game series today as Chris Archer (8-6, 3.17 ERA) is opposed by Drew Hutchinson (8-11, 4.81 ERA) with first pitch at 1:07 p.m.


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