Rays leave for All-Star break with 3-0 win over Blue Jays
ST. PETERSBURG – After battling a disappointing first half of the year, the Rays will have a long layoff to think about Sunday’s win.
The Rays used another strong performance from ace David Price and an opportunistic offense to earn a 3-0 win over the Blue Jays at Tropicana Field. They head into the All-Star break with a 44-53 record after taking the series from Toronto.
Price – making his latest possibly last home start for the Rays – throwing eight shutout, five-hit innings.
The Rays got their first run in the second, when Logan Forsythe knocked an RBI single to right. After getting no runs out of a bases-loaded, one-out threat in the third (falling to 13-for-72 with the bases loaded this year), the Rays tacked on another run in the sixth. That’s when Yunel Escobar stole second, then sped for home on Jose Molina’s single to right. Escobar was initially ruled out on Jose Bautista’s throw, but the call was overturned by instant replay.
Evan Longoria added an insurance run with his sacrifice fly in the seventh.
Jake McGee – activated before the game from the paternity list - struck out two to get his seventh save of the year.
With the All-Star break, the Rays are off until Friday, when they start a three-game series at Minnesota.