Jeremy Hellickson gave the Rays a quality start Monday night but it was not enough for the Rays as they fell to the Blue Jays 6-2. 

The Rays got the scoring started with a reviewed solo home run by B.J. Upton, which struck a ring or suspended object in the first. That would be the only lead Tampa Bay had all night.

Eric Thames singled home Arencibia to tie it up at 1 in the 2nd inning. In the 3rd inning, Kelly Johnson scored on a sac fly by Colby Rasmus, making it a 2-1 ballgame. Sean Rodriguez singled in a run in the bottom half of the 3rd to tie it up at 2.

The Blue Jays would break it open from there. Yunel Escobar homered in the 6th inning. The Jays would tag on three more runs in the 8th inning. There was no looking back from there.

The Rays are now 25-18 (10-11 on the road). They remain two game behind Baltimore, who fell to Boston 8-6 lost night. Boston's now 3.5 games behind the Rays, and so are the Yankees who lost again yesterday.

My personal thoughts on this game is that the Rays are not playing good baseball at all. They committed three errors, which turned into four unearned runs (the difference in the game). Drabek walked 6 men but they could not do anything with it. They don’t look in sync out there at all. These injuries are making us look more like the Durham Bulls, instead of the Tampa Bay Rays.

Notable Stat Lines:

  • Jeremy Hellickson L (4-1)  7.1 IP, 8 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 K.
  • Kyle Drabek W(4-4)  6 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 6 BB, 3 K.
  • B.J. Upton 1-4. HR, RBI
  • Matt Joyce 0-2. R, 2 BB
  • Sean Rodriguez 1-4. RBI
  • click here for a full box score

News and Notes:

  • More injuries: Jeff Keppinger has been placed on the 15-day DL with a broken right foot. Drew Sutton, who the Rays acquired in a trade from the Pirates yesterday for a PTBNL or cash considerations, will replace Keppinger on the [active] roster. The 29-year-old infielder is hitting .270 this year in Triple-A.
  • Desmond Jennings could be back as early as next week.
  • The Rays’ continue this series Tuesday night at 7:10. Matt Moore (1-4, 5.20 ERA) will take the mound against Drew Hutchinson (3-1, 4.81 ERA).