Blue Jays 6, Rays 3
TORONTO -- R.A. Dickey pitched into the eighth inning and the Toronto Blue Jays took advantage of a season-high three errors by the Tampa Bay Rays to post a 6-3 victory on Friday night.
The loss snapped a seven-game winning streak by the Rays (90-70), who entered the game occupying the first American League wild-card spot.
The Blue Jays (73-87), who had lost two in a row, equaled their win total of last season by taking the opener of their season-ending three-game series before a Rogers Centre crowd of 27,288.
The Rays entered the game having committed only 56 errors this season, second fewest in the majors behind Baltimore's 52.
Tampa Bay right-hander Jeremy Hellickson (12-10) retired his first nine batters before the Blue Jays scored six runs against him (three earned) with six hits and two walks. Hellickson struck out five in 4 2/3 innings.
Dickey (14-13) allowed five hits, including home runs by Ben Zobrist and Delmon Young, and two runs in 7 1/3 innings to win for the fifth time in his past six decisions.
The Blue Jays made two errors of their own in the eighth -- by shortstop Jose Reyes and Dickey -- as the Rays loaded the bases with one out after a walk to Zobrist. But Sergio Santos replaced Dickey and with one pitch induced James Loney to ground into an inning-ending double play.
Santos stayed in for the ninth to pick up his first save of the season despite giving up a run on a single by Evan Longoria and a two-out double to Kelly Johnson.
The Rays broke out to a 2-0 lead with homers by Zobrist in the first and Young in the second.
The Blue Jays took a 4-2 lead with a four-run fourth.
Jose Reyes led off with a single and Munenori Kawasaki sacrificed him to second. Brett Lawrie reached first on an error by Longoria. Moises Sierra and Anthony Gose then hit RBI singles to tie the score. Ryan Goins singled to center with two out, and Sam Fuld was charged with an error as the ball went past him. Two runs scored on the play, and Goins was thrown out at home. One of the runs in the inning was earned.
The Blue Jays extended the lead to 6-2 lead with two runs in the fifth. After two-out walks to Reyes and Kawasaki, Lawrie hit an RBI single. Sierra's infield single to third scored another run, and Lawrie took third on Longoria's throwing error. Left-hander Wesley Wright replaced Hellickson as the Rays pitcher at that point.
NOTES: Young's homer was No. 100 of his career. ... Loney entered Friday with a major-league-best batting average in road games at .363 (95-for-262). Angels OF Mike Trout was at .329 and Tigers 3B Miguel Cabrera at .325 to rank second and third. ... Blue Jays DH Adam Lind (back tightness) remains day to day. ... Jays OF Rajai Davis is on paternity leave with his wife expecting their first child. ....RHP Chris Archer (9-7, 3.21 ERA), a rookie-of-the-year candidate, will start the second game of the series on Saturday for the Rays against Blue Jays LHP J.A. Happ (4-7, 4.85).