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Blue Jays 7, Rays 5

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TORONTO -- Edwin Encarnacion hit a three-run double with two outs in the seventh inning and R.A. Dickey pitched eight innings as the Toronto Blue Jays defeated the Tampa Bay Rays 7-5 on Monday.

Dickey (4-5) allowed four hits, four walks and three runs (two earned) while striking out five in winning his second consecutive decision.

Casey Janssen pitched the ninth and allowed a walk and three hits, including a two-out, two-run home run by former Blue Jay Yunel Escobar, his fourth of the season.

Right-handed reliever Josh Lueke (0-1) walked the bases loaded with two outs in the seventh and Encarnacion cleared them with a double to left field to put Toronto up 6-3.

The Blue Jays added a run against Kyle Farnsworth in the eighth on a two-out walk to Henry Blanco and a triple by Munenori Kawasaki.

Right-hander Jake Odorizzi, 23, who was 4-0 with a 3.83 earned-run average in eight starts at Class-AAA Durham, did not factor in the decision in his first start of the season for Tampa Bay (23-21). He allowed five hits, one walk and three runs while striking out six in five innings.

The Blue Jays (18-26) scored twice in the first inning on a sacrifice fly by Adam Lind and a triple by Brett Lawrie. In their past three games at Rogers Centre they have outscored the opposition 13-1 in the first inning.

Melky Cabrera led off the first with a single and took third on a one-out single by Encarnacion. Lind's fly to left scored the run and Encarnacion moved all the way to third on an error charged to shortstop Escobar on the relay throw. Lawrie tripled to the gap in right-center for a 2-0 lead.

The Rays scored once in the second after Evan Longoria extended his hitting streak to a career-best 14 games with a leadoff single. He took second on a passed ball and moved to third on James Loney's groundout. Luke Scott walked with one out. The Blue Jays failed to turn the double play on Sam Fuld's grounder to second, getting only the force at second as Longoria scored.

Doubles by Blanco -- the Rays thought they had tagged him out at second -- and Cabrera in the home second gave the Blue Jays a 3-1 lead. It was the sixth consecutive game in which Cabrera has doubled, a career best.

A two-out walk to Matt Joyce, a single by Ben Zobrist and a two-run double by Longoria over right fielder Jose Bautista, who misjudged the ball, tied the game 3-3 in the third.

NOTES: The Blue Jays called up outfielder Anthony Gose, who was batting .227 with a .343 on-base percentage, two home runs and 12 RBI at Class-AAA Buffalo. He will likely be used as a late-game defensive replacement in left field for Cabrera, who has leg problems. Gose replaced Cabrera in left field in the eighth on Monday. ... Right-hander Mickey Storey was returned to Buffalo. ... When the Rays called up Odorizzi after Sunday's game in Baltimore, left-hander Jeff Beliveau was returned to Durham after a one-day stay with the Rays. ... Longoria is the only Rays player to start every game this season and has reached base in 43 of their first 44 games. ... Right-hander Ramon Ortiz (1-1, 2.35 ERA) will start Tuesday for the Blue Jays against Rays right-hander Alex Cobb (4-2, 2.89 ERA).
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