TORONTO (AP) — Moises Sierra homered and threw out pinch-runner Elliot Johnson at home plate for the final out, preserving Brandon Morrow’s first win since June 6 and leading the Toronto Blue Jays to a 2-1 victory over the slumping Tampa Bay Rays on Friday night.
Edwin Encarnacion hit his 35th home run as the Blue Jays handed the Rays their sixth loss in seven games.
The Blue Jays have won three straight for the first time since July 26-28. Toronto went 9-19 in August.
The Rays lost for the 11th time in their past 12 one-run games, a stretch in which they lost four 1-0 decisions, and fell to 6-20 in one-run games since May 28. Tampa Bay also had its ML-worst 11th loss when allowing two or fewer runs.