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Rays can't find a way to win one-run games

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The Tampa Bay Rays continue to defy the odds.

Having had three perfect games thrown against them in four years, having lost 1-0 four times in a 22-game span during August, they now have found a way to lose 11 of their last 12 one-run games.

The latest was a 2-1 loss to Toronto on Friday.

"It's almost impossible," manager Joe Maddon said. "It speaks to great pitching ... and I think we've played good defense primarily through this whole moment. It's just our inability to get the knock when we need it."

The lack of offense has been the primary problem, and one the Rays haven't been able to do much about.

The by-product is that they are wasting tremendous pitching, as they have lost 11 times when allowing two or fewer runs, most in the majors. The Toronto Blue Jays also beat the Rays 2-0 on Thursday.

"They're not fun," said right-hander Jeremy Hellickson, the losing pitcher Friday after giving up two runs in six innings. "They're frustrating to all of us."
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