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Blue Jays 7, Rays 2

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TORONTO - Adam Lind drove in three runs and J.A. Happ pitched into the eighth inning as the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Tampa Bay Rays 7-2 on Saturday for their second win in a row.

The Rays (90-71) are still trying to lock up one of the two American League wild-card spots with one game left in their regular-season schedule. They came to Toronto on a seven-game winning streak.

Rookies Ryan Goins and Kevin Pillar each hit two-run homers in the fifth inning for the Blue Jays (74-87), who surpassed last year's win total with one game left in their season.

Rays right-hander Chris Archer lasted only 2 1/3 innings, allowing five hits, one walk and one run and did not factor in the decision.

Happ (5-7) held the Rays to five hits, one walk and one run while striking out four in 7 1/3 innings.

His first win since Sept. 7 ended a winless span of three starts in which he had two losses and a no decision.

The Rays led 1-0 in the first after a leadoff double by Ben Zobrist and a one-out single by Wil Myers.

The Blue Jays tied it in the third on consecutive singles by Jose Reyes, Brett Lawrie and Lind. After Archer struck out Moises Sierra, he was replaced by left-hander Alex Torres (4-2).

Lind singled in two more runs in the fourth, a cue shot down the third-base line against right-hander Jamey Wright to give Toronto a 3-1 lead. Wright took over with two out after Torres allowed a bunt single to Ryan Langerhans and an infield single to Pillar. Wright walked Lawrie before facing Lind.

The Blue Jays extended their lead to 7-1 in the fifth with a pair of two-run homers. Goins extended his hit streak to a career-best nine games with his two-run homer against Wright. The second career homer for the rookie second baseman scored Anthony Gose who led off with a single. Wright allowed a single to Langerhans and after striking out Josh Thole was replaced by Brandon Gomes who gave up Pillar's third homer of the season and of his career.

The Rays scored a run in the ninth against Dustin McGowan on a double by Myers who advanced on a fly ball and scored on Delmon Young's groundout.

NOTES: Lind (back tightness) returned to the Blue Jays' lineup Saturday as DH after missing two games. ... INF Munenori Kawasaki batted for Lind in the fifth. ... Goins has also had an eight-game hit streak this season, Aug. 23-31, to open his major-league career. .... Rays' SS Yunel Escobar (sore left ankle) returned Saturday after missing three starts. .... Rays CF Desmond Jennings (tight left hamstring) missed his sixth consecutive start Saturday. He did pinch hit in the eighth on Saturday. ... The teams finish the regular season Sunday with LHP Matt Moore (16-4, 3.23 ERA) starting for Tampa Bay against Toronto RHP Todd Redmond (4-2, 3.77 ERA).
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