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Pena's homer helps Rays past Jays



Rays_blue_jays_baseball_fng TORONTO (AP) -- Carlos Pena homered, Edwin Jackson won back-to-back starts for the first time since April and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Toronto Blue Jays 3-2 on Wednesday.

The Rays won for the fourth time in six road games after losing seven straight away from home earlier this month.

Jackson (7-7) gave up two runs and seven hits in five innings. He walked two and struck out three.

The right-hander had not won consecutive starts since his first two outings of the season, winning at New York on April 5 and beating Seattle on April 10.

Four Tampa Bay relievers each worked a scoreless inning to preserve the victory. J.P Howell pitched the sixth, Grant Balfour struck out a pair in the seventh, Dan Wheeler handled the eighth and Troy Percival wrapped it up in the ninth for his 23rd save in 25 opportunities.

It was the 346th save of Percival's career, tying him with Randy Myers for eighth on the all-time list.

(Pictured: Evan Longoria, left, and B.J. Upton, right, celebrate the Rays' win. AP photo. Click to enlarge.)

[Last modified: Monday, December 21, 2009 12:37am]


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