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Rays get swept by Blue Jays



Garzadugout TORONTO (AP) -- David Purcey pitched eight shutout innings and the Toronto Blue Jays completed a three-game sweep with a 1-0 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Sunday, extending their winning streak to eight games.

AL East-leading Tampa Bay lost for the fifth time in six games.

Rod Barajas drove in the only run with a second-inning sacrifice fly for Toronto, which pulled within 9 1/2 games of the Rays. The Blue Jays started the day eight games behind the Red Sox in the wild card race.

Rays right-hander Matt Garza (11-9) allowed one run and six hits in seven innings. He walked one and struck out seven.

Garza came in 3-1 with an 0.29 ERA in four starts against Toronto this season, and hadn't allowed a run in his past 24 1-3 innings against the Blue Jays. Two starts ago, on Aug. 27, he worked 7 2-3 shutout innings and Tampa Bay beat Purcey and the Blue Jays 1-0 on a solo homer by Carlos Pena.

(Pictured - Matt Garza, left, and pitching coach Jim Hickey stand in the dugout during the eighth inning. AP photo. Click to enlarge.)

[Last modified: Monday, December 21, 2009 12:38am]


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