- Associated Press - Monday, May 26, 2014

TORONTO (AP) - Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon broke out some boxing analogies after a tough loss to Toronto.

And why not? Facing the surging Blue Jays right now feels a lot like a heavyweight bout.

Edwin Encarnacion hit his 13th home run in May, Dioner Navarro and Steve Tolleson added back-to-back shots and the Blue Jays won their seventh straight game Monday, beating the Rays 10-5.

“They just put the heavy gloves on and beat us up tonight,” Maddon said.


David DeJesus, Desmond Jennings and James Loney all hit solo homers for the Rays, whose season-high four-game winning streak was snapped.

Maddon found a lot to like in his team’s performance at the plate, calling it “one of our better offensive nights” in spite of the outcome.

“It was just not enough,” Maddon said. “They kept adding on. They have such a good lineup and when the bottom contributes like they did today, it makes it even more difficult.

Melky Cabrera had three hits and three RBIs as the AL East-leading Blue Jays won for the 12th time in 14 games.

“They out-punched us,” Maddon said. “They got us in the corners, got us on the ropes and didn’t let us up.”

Toronto has hit at least one home run in nine straight games and leads the majors with 73 this season, including an ML-best 41 in May.

Blue Jays right-hander Drew Hutchison struggled through five innings but won his career-best third straight start thanks to a lineup that had 16 hits, with all nine starters picking up at least one.

“I didn’t have to do too much because of what they were able to do,” Hutchison said.

Hutchison (4-3) allowed five runs and seven hits, matched a season-worst with four walks and struck out none.

Toronto jumped on Rays left-hander Erik Bedard with five straight hits to start the first. Jose Reyes had a bunt single and scored on Cabrera’s double. Jose Bautista singled home Cabrera but was caught in a rundown.

Encarnacion and Brett Lawrie both singled, but Bedard got Navarro and Tolleson to fly out.

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