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Rays Vs. Blue Jays Recap: Tampa Bay Drops Series Opener In Toronto

The Tampa Bay Rays road record dropped to 2-6 on Tuesday night, with a 7-3 loss in Toronto to the Blue Jays. The Jays took advantage of two Evan Longoria miscues in the field, as the Rays' franchise third baseman committed back-to-back errors to start the bottom of the third inning.

The middle of Toronto's order would make Jeff Niemann pay, as Jose Bautista brought home J.P. Arencibia on a sacrifice fly and Aaron Lind belted a two-run homer in the very next at-bat. Longoria would commit his third error later in the game in what was a nightmarish evening at the hot corner. Niemann gave up five runs, only two of which were earned. Bautista hammered his second homer of the season in the first, and he appears to be on his way to another impressive power season.

Ricky Romero was solid for John Farrell, allowing only three runs in six innings. The Rays got on the board in the top of the fifth, as they went through the order again and added two runs. Matt Joyce would hit his second homer of the season in the bottom of the 7th, but that would close the book on Tampa's offense. Tampa will look to bounce back tomorrow night and will throw David Price against Brandon Morrow.

For more on this and every Tampa Bay Rays' series, head over to DRaysBay. And for some perspective from the other dugout you can check out Bluebird Banter, SB Nation's Toronto Blue Jays blog. And as always, you can check out SB Nation's Baseball Nation for more on this and every MLB series.

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