ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- B.J. Upton and Jose Molina homered during a six-run fifth inning and the surging Tampa Bay Rays beat the Toronto Blue Jays 11-5 on Saturday night for their fourth consecutive victory.
Evan Longoria and Desmond Jennings also connected for the Rays, who moved within 3 games of Oakland for the second AL wild card. Tampa Bay has scored 43 runs during its winning streak.
The Blue Jays have lost five in a row, including the first two of the weekend set against the Rays to make it 17 consecutive losing series at Tampa Bay -- two short of the AL record. The New York Yankees won 19 consecutive home series against the St. Louis Browns from 1946-51.
Adam Lind drove in three runs for Toronto, and Brett Lawrie and Rajai Davis had two hits apiece.
Blue Jays shortstop Yunel Escobar was back in the starting lineup two days after he served a three-game suspension for wearing eye-black displaying an anti-gay slur written in Spanish and went 0 for 4.
After Ben Francis...