Blue Jays edge Rays

9:45 PM, Aug 31, 2012   |    comments
Jeremy Hellickson throws a pitch in his major league debut against the Minnesota Twins at Tropicana Field, 8/2/10. (Credit: Jeff Griffith-US PRESSWIRE)
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Toronto, ON (Sports Network) - Brandon Morrow hurled 6 2/3 effective innings on Friday and the Toronto Blue Jays edged the Tampa Bay Rays, 2-1, in the opener of a three-game series at Rogers Centre.

Morrow (8-5) gave up one run on eight hits and a walk with five strikeouts to put an end to a personal two-game losing streak. Steve Delabar worked 1 1/3 perfect innings in relief and Casey Janssen was bailed out of trouble in the ninth inning to earn his 19th save of the season.

Edwin Encarnacion hit a solo home run, while Moises Sierra smoked a solo home run and helped out defensively by throwing out Elliot Johnson at the plate for the final out of the game.

Desmond Jennings accounted for the lone run with a home run and Jeremy Hellickson (8-10) took the loss after allowing two runs on four hits over six innings for the Rays, who have lost six of their last seven.


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