Bedard pitches into 5th, Rays beat Blue Jays 6-3

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PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. (AP) - Erik Bedard pitched into the fifth inning in his bid to win a spot in Tampa Bay's rotation, helping a Rays split-squad beat the Toronto Blue Jays 6-3 on Saturday.

Bedard allowed three runs and six hits in 4 1-3 innings. The left-hander is competing with Jake Odorizzi and Cesar Ramos to earn the fifth starter's job as a fill-in for the injured Jeremy Hellickson, who's recovering from elbow surgery.

Mikie Mahtook hit a grand slam and Evan Longoria added a RBI single off Blue Jays starter Sean Nolin, who allowed five second-inning runs.

Four Tampa Bay relievers - Brandon Gomes, Grant Balfour, Joel Peralta and Brad Boxberger - held the Blue Jays hitless over the final 4 2-3 innings.

Kevin Pillar had a RBI triple off Bedard, then scored on the lefty's wild pitch for a 2-0 Toronto lead in the second.


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