- Associated Press - Saturday, July 18, 2015

TORONTO (AP) - Curt Casali hit a tiebreaking home run in the eighth inning and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Toronto Blue Jays 3-2 on Saturday.

Facing Ryan Tepera (0-1), Casali led off with a drive into the left-field bullpen, his second of the season and first since June 17.

Brandon Guyer also connected as the Rays won for the eighth time in 12 meetings with Toronto this season.

Jose Bautista homered for the Blue Jays, who fell to 10-19 in one-run games.

Kevin Jepsen (2-5) worked one inning for the win, Brad Boxberger pitched out of a jam in the eighth and Jake McGee finished for his fourth save.

The Blue Jays used a hit by pitch and a walk to put runners at first and second with two outs in the eighth. Boxberger escaped by getting Justin Smoak to ground out.

John Jaso’s RBI double gave the Rays a 1-0 lead in the third. They missed an opportunity to add to their lead in the fifth when center fielder Kevin Pillar threw out Tim Beckham trying to score from second on Jaso’s two-out single.

Rays manager Kevin Cash asked for umpire Chris Guccione’s call to be reviewed, but the play was confirmed.

Pillar doubled to lead off the bottom half and scored on a double by Devon Travis.

Rays right-hander Erasmo Ramirez left one batter after Travis’ double. He allowed one run and four hits in 4 2-3 innings.

Bautista put the Blue Jays on top with a towering solo homer into the third deck off Steve Geltz in the sixth, his 18th. The Rays answered in the seventh when Guyer connected against Aaron Loup.

Blue Jays knuckleballer R.A. Dickey allowed one run and four hits in six innings but remained winless in five starts since beating the New York Mets on June 18.

Toronto has scored two runs or fewer in 11 of Dickey’s 19 starts this season, including each of the past five.


Rays: OF Desmond Jennings (right knee) is scheduled to begin working out with Class A Charlotte on Sunday. … OF Steven Souza Jr. (right finger) will DH for Charlotte on Saturday night.


Rays: RHP Chris Archer (9-6, 2.74 ERA) is 5-1 with a 2.51 in 12 career starts against the Blue Jays. In each of his past four starts against Toronto, Archer has worked at least seven innings, allowing no more than three hits and one earned run in each.

Blue Jays: RHP Marco Estrada (6-5, 3.52 ERA) took a perfect game into the eighth inning of a June 24 start at Tampa Bay, but has won just once in three starts since. He has not allowed a run in 13 innings against the Rays this season.

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