Final

Series: Game 3 of 3

Tampa Bay won 2-1

Game 1: Monday, August 30
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Game 2: Tuesday, August 31
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Game 3: Wednesday, September 1
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Blue Jays 1

(69-64, 34-37 away)

Rays 2

(82-51, 43-26 home)

    7:10 PM ET, September 1, 2010

    Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, Florida 

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    W: D. Price (16-6)

    L: S. Camp (4-3)

    S: R. Soriano (40)

    David Price earns Rays-record 16th win

    Associated Press

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Good pitching, even better defense and just enough offense to win another one-run game.

    The Tampa Bay Rays have been doing it all season and aren't about to apologize for their style.

    "That's what we are," second baseman Sean Rodriguez said Wednesday night after making a couple nice defensive plays, smacking a solo homer and finishing a double shy of the cycle in a 2-1 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays.

    "Just another well-played baseball game with pitching and defense at the forefront," Rays manager Joe Maddon agreed. "It was fun to watch."

    Evan Longoria snapped an eighth-inning tie with an RBI single, and All-Star David Price earned his club-record 16th victory before a crowd of just 14,859.

    Price (16-6) allowed a solo homer to John Buck, a double and two infield singles over eight innings. The 25-year-old left-hander walked two and struck out seven before Rafael Soriano worked out of a jam in the ninth for his major league-leading 40th save in 42 opportunities.

    "Old-school baseball with occasional pop," Buck said, describing Tampa Bay, which at 82-51 has ensured a third consecutive winning season.

    The Rays are the eighth team in major league history to post winning records three straight years following 10 or more consecutive winning seasons.

    "They've got baseball players over there. They know how to play the game. They play the game right," Buck said. "They're not even getting hits and somehow they're producing runs. That's kind of Tampa's game, you know? They do that."

    The Rays remained a game behind the first-place Yankees in the AL East. New York beat Oakland 4-3 for its fifth straight victory.

    "We battled all game, we've battled all year," Price said. "That's Rays baseball. ... We don't give up."

    Rodriguez homered, tripled and singled off Blue Jays starter Shaun Marcum. He was denied a chance to go for the cycle when he was intentionally walked to load the bases after Longoria delivered his go-ahead hit off Scott Downs.

    "Actually, it wasn't frustrating," Rodriguez said. "That was a first in my career."

    Ben Zobrist began the winning rally by drawing a one-out walk from Shawn Camp (4-3). Carl Crawford singled and Longoria, who has 17 RBIs in his past 18 games, hit a hard grounder between shortstop and third base to snap a 1-all tie.

    The Blue Jays threatened in the ninth. Vernon Wells tripled with one out, but Soriano struck out Adam Lind and got Buck to fly out on the warning track in left field to end the game.

    "Buck just missed that ball," Toronto manager Cito Gaston said. "A pretty good game, but it still goes on the other side, the loss column."

    The victory gave Tampa Bay its 11th consecutive home series win over Toronto, when hasn't won a series at Tropicana Field since April 2007.

    With rosters expanding Wednesday, Maddon tinkered with his lineup -- inserting rookie Desmond Jennings in right field, starting catcher Dioner Navarro and using former Colorado Rockies All-Star Brad Hawpe as the designated hitter in his AL debut.

    The trio went 1 for 7 with four strikeouts against Marcum, who walked B.J. Upton intentionally to load the bases with two outs in the fifth to face Jennings. The 23-year-old, one of baseball's top prospects, hit a dribbler that Marcum scrambled to field with his bare hand in front of the plate before flipping the ball to the catcher for a force out.

    Price limited the Blue Jays to Mike McCoy's third-inning infield single until Buck hit his 15th homer leading off the fifth. Jose Bautista doubled over Jennings' head in right field with two outs in the sixth, but the Rays' starter escaped further damage when Wells flied out.

    "Unbelievable," Rodriguez said of Price's performance. "That's the Price we've come to know and love right there."

    Marcum allowed one run and five hits over six innings. He walked two and struck out seven.

    Hawpe, a 2009 All-Star who struggled this year before being released by Colorado, signed a minor league contract with Tampa Bay last week. He was 0-for-4 with four strikeouts, fanning three times with runners in scoring position.

    Game notes


    Rays right-hander Grant Balfour (ribs) was activated from the 15-day disabled list after pitching in a simulated game. ... Blue Jays first baseman Lyle Overbay (left eye contusion) was out of the lineup for the fifth consecutive game but could return this weekend. ... Toronto shortstop Yunel Escobar (stiff back) missed his fourth straight game and is not expected to play until Saturday. ... Rays right-hander Jeremy Hellickson, 3-0 in four starts over two stints in the majors last month, was recalled from Class A Charlotte and will pitch out of the bullpen. ... The Blue Jays recalled catcher J.P. Arencibia from Triple-A Las Vegas and reinstated left-hander David Purcey (right foot) from the 15-day disabled list. ... Maddon will receive an honorary doctor of letters degree from his alma mater, Lafayette College, on Thursday. ... Toronto left fielder Fred Lewis left in the sixth with a right elbow strain.

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    Game Information

    StadiumTropicana Field, St. Petersburg, FL
    Attendance14,859 (43.6% full) - % is based on regular season capacity
    Game Time2:54
    Weatherindoors
    UmpiresHome Plate - Mark Carlson, First Base - Jeff Kellogg, Second Base - Larry Vanover, Third Base - Jeff Nelson

    Research Notes

    How Rays starter David Price dominated the Blue Jays yet again: -Facing Toronto for the fourth time this season (now 4-0, 0.58 ERA), Price mixed things up. After Blue Jays hitters swung-and-miss only three times on his fastball last time out on June 9, Price went to his off-speed stuff more often, throwing only 63 fastballs on Wednesday, his fewest total in any start this year. -Mixing in more off-speed stuff helped make Price's fastball more effective. He recorded 11 swings-and-misses on his fastball, his highest against Toronto this season. -Price threw his changeup a season-high 19 times, smashing his previous high of 13. Blue Jays hitters finished 0-for-5 against the pitch.
    Brad Hawpe became the fourth player since 1900 to go 0-4 with four strikeouts in his debut with new team. Here's a look at the list:
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