by Steve Carney / 620 WDAE
The Toronto Blue Jays used a four-run fourth inning to snap Tampa Bay's seven-game winning streak, defeating Jeremy Hellickson and the Rays 6-3 Friday.
The Rays tallied in each of the first two innings, both on solo home runs. Ben Zobrist connected in the first off R.A. Dickey, while Young took Dickey deep in the second.
Hellickson cruised through the first three innings, retiring every Toronto starter in order. However Jose Reyes led off the fourth with a single and moved to second on a sacrifice by Munenori Kawasaki. An error by Longoria allowed Brett Lawrie to reach, and Moises Sierra singled in Reyes for their first run of the game.
Anthony Gose singled in Lawrie to tie the game, and after Mark DeRosa struck out for the second out of the inning, Ryan Goins singled into center field, and when the ball got under Sam Fuld's glove and to the centerfield wall, bringing around Sierra and Gose to make it 4-2, though Goins was thrown out at the plate trying to round the bases.
The Blue Jays added two more in the fifth thanks to an RBI single by Lawrie and an infield single by Sierra.
The Rays had a great chance to get back into the game in the eighth, as Dickey loaded the bases with one out, but James Loney swung at Sergio Santos' first pitch and grounded into a double play to end the inning.
The loss means Tampa Bay's magic number for a playoff berth remains at 2.
The Rays will look to rebound Saturday, as Chris Archer (9-7, 3.21 ERA) will get the start against J.A. Happ (4-7, 4.85 ERA). First pitch is scheduled for 1:07, with coverage on 620 WDAE and 95.3 FM starts at 11:00 with the Suncoast Hyundai Dealers Inside Pitch.