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TORONTO ON- JULY 26 Toronto Blue Jays Starting pitcher Marco Estrada throws a pitch during the first inning of the MLB regular season game between the Toronto Blue Jays and the Oakland Athletics

"To be able to get some runs early in the game and get out to a lead definitely took some of the pressure off".

The Rays (60-61) ended a four-game losing streak as the teams split the first two contests of a four-game series. He hit a batter and struck out three.

"Longoria's an unbelievable hitter, he's had my number in years past so I really tried to bring the fight to him".

Aaron Loup entered to face Steven Souza, Jr. Toronto 3B Josh Donaldson hit his ninth first-inning homer of the season Monday.

"He's been unreal, man, unbelievable", Stroman said of Leone. "I know everybody's trying hard, I'm trying hard".

"I felt okay. I did make some good pitches and they found a way against me. Obviously they didn't work out in his favour but he competed and he did his job". Jose Bautista went 1 for 4 with a double and an RBI while Ryan Goins added an RBI of his own before leaving due to injury.

Corey Dickerson's RBI single made it 4-1, and the Rays chased Estrada (5-8) after Adeiny Hechavarria and Daniel Robertson drew bases-loaded walks in the fifth.

X-rays revealed no broken bones.

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After the game, displaying a nasty-looking abrasion on the forearm, Goins said he expected to be okay.

The Blue Jays (58-62) have won two of the first three games of the four-game series. Roberto Osuna locked things up in the 9th for his 31st save of the year. Toronto is 4-1 in their last 5 home games against a right-handed starter and 4-0 in their last 4 Thursday games while the under is 5-1 in their last 6 games overall.

While he had been especially good over his last four starts, Estrada wasn't at his best on Tuesday night against the Royals, allowing ten hits and six earned runs over 4.1 innings.

With the Jays still vying for a wild-card spot, Donaldson continuing this level of play for the remaining 42 games of the season will be key in helping the club miraculously remain in the playoff race.

So it's not just having to win at least 25 of their 44 remaining games, the Twins, Royals, Orioles, Mariners, Rays and Rangers would have to lose at least that many of their remaining games.

Blue Jays manager John Gibbons was ejected from the game in the top of the seventh inning for arguing balls and strikes.

Gibbons didn't agree with the ball four call.

"I thought his stuff was really good", Cash said. Toronto hasn't been great at the plate either, so this could be a grinder of a game, but I think the Jays manufacture some runs on Faria while Stroman has a great outing. "Gibby's got the backs of his players and they love him for that". Pearce extended the lead to 2-0 an inning later, sending a first-pitch offering from Faria over the right-field wall for his 12th home run. Mallex Smith led off with a double, advanced to third on a ground out and scored on another ground out from Miller.



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