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What's new: The Jays have won six in a row, outscoring Boston and Oakland 31-15. They lead the majors with 69 home runs, 14 from 1B Edwin Encarnacion, second in the AL. RF Jose Bautista is second in the AL with 42 walks and is near the top in runs (37), on-base percentage (.429) and homers (12). SS Jose Reyes stole three bases Sunday, a feat he hadn't accomplished since 2008.

Key stat: The Jays are 25-3 when leading after seven innings and 0-18 when trailing through seven.

Connections: Jays C Dioner Navarro is a former Ray, RHP Todd Redmond is from St. Petersburg and played at Northside Christian and St. Petersburg College. Rays C Jose Molina is a former Jay.

Series history: Tied 2-2 this season; Rays lead 149-131 overall, Jays lead 75-64 at Rogers Centre

Matt Baker, Times staff writer

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