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TORONTO -- Rookie right-hander Chris Archer pitched seven innings and Luke Scott snapped a 1-1 tie in the sixth inning with a two-run homer on Sunday as the Tampa Rays held on to defeat the Toronto Blue Jays 4-3 to complete a sweep of their three-game series.

Scott extended his career-best hit streak to 13 games with the homer and when the next batter, Kelly Johnson, homered the Rays opened up a three-run lead.

Evan Longoria also homered for the Rays in the fourth before a crowd of 41,247 at Rogers Centre.

Rays closer Fernando Rodney had an eventful 24th save of the season.

The right-hander walked Josh Thole to start the ninth. Third baseman Longoria made a wild throw to second on an attempted force play on Brett Lawrie's infield single to allow Thole to reach third.

Jose Reyes doubled in both runners to cut the lead to one. Jose Bautista struck out. Reyes took third on Edwin Encarnacion's groundout to third. Adam Lind walked. Rajai Davis ran for him and stole second. Melky Cabrera grounded out to third to end the game.

Archer (5-3) held the Blue Jays to five hits, four walks and one run in winning his third consecutive start before Jamey Wright took over in the eighth.

The Rays (58-41) have won 13 of their past 14 games and 17 of 19 while the Blue Jays (45-52) have lost eight of their past 11 games.

Toronto starter R.A. Dickey (8-11) allowed four runs and seven hits including three home runs while striking out eight in six innings. Left-hander Juan Perez took over in the seventh.

The Blue Jays took a 1-0 lead in the second on a ground-rule double by Thole with two out. It followed one-out singles by Cabrera and Colby Rasmus.

Longoria tied it in the fourth with his 20th homer of the season, a drive that carried over the right-field wall.

The Rays threatened in the fifth after singles by Matt Joyce and Sam Fuld and a passed ball put runners at second and third with one out. But Dickey struck out Desmond Jennings and Ben Zobrist to end the inning.

The Rays caught up to Dickey in the sixth when they scored three runs on two home runs. James Loney singled and Scott hit his ninth homer of the season on a 3-2 pitch. Johnson hit his 15th homer of the season on the next pitch.

The Blue Jays loaded the bases with two out in the home sixth on a hit batter and two walks but Lawrie popped out to second.

NOTES: Former Blue Jay 1B Carlos Delgado was honored in a pregame ceremony as he was added to the club's Level of Excellence. ... Cabrera returned from the disabled list for Sunday's game and RHP Neil Wagner was optioned to Triple-A Buffalo. ... Loney returned from the paternity list after his wife gave birth to a son and INF Ryan Roberts was returned to Triple-A Durham. ...Rays SS Yunel Escobar (strained hamstring) missed his third straight game but is expected to return during the four-game series at Boston. ... RHP Josh Johnson (1-5, 5.16 ERA) will start Monday's opener of a three-game series with the Los Angeles Dodgers against LHP Hyun-Jim Ryu (7-3, 3.09 ERA). ... LHP Matt Moore (13-3, 3.44 ERA) will start for the Rays against RHP Brandon Workman (0-0, 5.40 ERA) in the opener of a four-game series against the Red Sox at Boston on Monday.
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