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Tampa Bay Rays Vs. Toronto Blue Jays: McDonald Ends It Late With A Two-Run Home Run

The Rays bullpen proved just insufficient on the night, as the Rays (9-11) lost to the Blue Jays (9-10) in the bottom of the 11th inning. The Rays had the lead going into the 8th inning, thanks to 7 strong frames from Jeremy Hellickson, but Joel Peralta allowed a deep double to Edwin Encarnacion that tied the game.

The game stretched into extra innings as Juan Cruz and Cesar Ramos combied for 2 and 1/3 silent innings. Unfortunately, the Rays hitters went down quickly late in the game, and the Blue Jays finished the night on a two-run blast off John McDonald's bat.

Some highlights from the game:

  • Jose Bautista came within a single of the cycle, hitting a double, a triple, and a homer -- all off the Rays starter Jeremy Hellickson.
  • Sam Fuld continued his legend, going 3 for 5 with a triple and 2 steals.
  • Johnny Damon also added a pair of doubles, going 2 for 5 on the night.
  • The Rays had only 2 walks all night, both coming from Sean Rodriguez. Last year, the team's patience at the plate and speed on the base paths made them one of the top run-scoring offenses in the league. Surprisingly, the 2011 Rays have drawn very few walks so far.
The Rays will play game 2 of the 3 game series tomorrow afternoon, with game time slated for 1:07 p.m. ET.

Photographs by, thelastminute, turtlemom nancy , fesek, kthypryn, justinwright, sue_elias, pointnshoot, and scrapstothefuture used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.