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Rays Vs. Blue Jays Final Score: Rays 9th Inning Rally Falls Short, Lose 2-1

The Tampa Bay Rays lost a close game to the Toronto Blue Jays, 2-1, despite outhitting Toronto 10 to four. The Rays were 2-for-9 with runners in scoring position and left eight men on base.

Jeremy Hellickson, starting for Tampa Bay, picked up his 10th loss. He pitched six innings, giving up four hits and two runs on two solo home runs. Desmond Jennings had the team's only run, a solo home run over the center field wall in the third inning.

The Rays best chance to tie things up was also their last, as they had a man thrown out at the plate in the top of the ninth. Jeff Keppinger led off the inning with a single, and Elliot Johnson was put in to run for Keppinger. After advancing to second on a fly ball by Luke Scott, Johnson was thrown out at the plate trying to score on a shallow single by pinch hitter Carlos Pena.

Toronto now leads 2-0 in the four game series. Game three is scheduled for Saturday at 1:07 p.m. ET.

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