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TORONTO -- Jose Lobaton drove in two runs and left-hander Matt Moore pitched into the sixth inning as the Tampa Bay Rays kept their wild-card hopes alive on Sunday by holding on for a 7-6 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays.

The Rays entered the game tied with the Texas Rangers for the final American League wild-card spot and one game behind the Cleveland Indians, who occupied the first wild-card place.

The Rays (91-71) scored six runs in the first inning as they salvaged one win in their three-game series with the Blue Jays (74-88).

Moore (17-4) held the Blue Jays to two hits for the first five innings but gave up four hits and three runs in the sixth inning. He walked three and struck out four in his 5 1/3 innings to earn his ninth win in his past 10 decisions.

Blue Jays starter Todd Redmond (4-3) allowed four hits, one walk and five runs in two-thirds of an inning.

Rays closer Fernando Rodney entered the game with two out in the eighth with two Blue Jays on base and gave up run-scoring singles to Jose Reyes and Anthony Gose. He walked Brett Lawrie to load the bases before striking out Moises Sierra.

Rodney pitched the ninth to earn his 37th save.

Wil Myers started the Rays' big first inning with a one-out double and he scored on James Loney's single. Evan Longoria hit an RBI double and he scored on a two-out single by Delmon Young. Matt Joyce walked and Neil Wagner replaced Redmond, giving up a two-run double to Lobaton and an RBI single to Yunel Escobar.

The Rays added a run in the fourth on a single by Escobar and a double by Myers.

The Blue Jays scored three runs in the sixth. Lawrie and Sierra singled and Mark DeRosa doubled them home.

Ryan Langerhans singled to put runners at the corners and left-hander Jake McGee replaced Moore. J.P. Arencibia hit a sacrifice fly to cut the Rays lead to 7-3.

Reyes singled, Gose walked and Lawrie doubled to cut the lead to 7-4 with one out in the seventh. Right-hander Joel Peralta replaced McGee and walked Sierra to load the bases. Rays manager Joe Maddon visited the mound and then was ejected when he started arguing with plate umpire Paul Schrieber. Pinch-hitter Adam Lind then grounded to short that Escobar turned into a spectacular double play.

Notes: Blue Jays LHP Darren Oliver, who is retiring, received an ovation when he pitched a 1-2-3 seventh with two strikeouts. ... Rays CF Desmond Jennings (tight left hamstring) did not start for the seventh consecutive game. ... The Rays lost the opening two games of the series, the first time since Sept. 10-11 at Boston that they had dropped two games in a row. ... Redmond, a native of St. Petersburg, Fla., was 3-0 with an ERA of 2.05 in eight previous games (seven starts) at Rogers Centre this season.
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