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Blue Jays Vs. Rays Recap: Tampa Offense Clinches 8-5 Win

The Tampa Bay Rays got back on the winning track on Tuesday night with an 8-5 win over the Toronto Blue Jays. The Jays capitalized on some Tampa defensive mistakes in the series opener and despite some more shaky defense, the Rays offense put this one in the win column. A huge five-run rally in in the fourth inning proved to be the difference for Joe Maddon's club. The big hit of the rally was a three-run bomb from Carlos Pena, who took a Drew Hutchinson pitch to straightaway center to put the Rays ahead 6-0.

Matt Moore was not sharp, but two more Rays errors did not help. Moore gave up only two earned runs in 4.2 innings pitched, but he issued four walks against six strikeouts to keep the Jays in it after the big fourth inning. Toronto responded with a four-run fifth to cut the lead back to two. Sean Rodiriguez and Ben Zobrist committed throwing errors on the same play, however, which capped the Jays' rally.

But Tampa would add two more and hold on for the 8-5 win. B.J. Upton finished the scoring with his fourth homer of the season. The Rays will now go for the series win on Wednesday afternoon at the Trop.

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