Despite an attempt at a late-inning comeback, the Toronto offense once again failed to come through in a 3-2 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays Thursday.
The Rays were able to jump on starter Jesse Litsch early with one run in in both the first and third innings, both driven in by Cliff Floyd, who hit a solo home run the latter frame.
Willy Aybar smacked his own solo shot in the sixth, and the Jays were never able to get those runs back despite a good effort.
Jesse Listch pitched his third straight quality start since coming back from the minor leagues, where he was working out some minor control problems.
He finished with 6.2 innings pitched, giving up three runs on ten hits, walking zero, and striking out two batters.
The Jays made a valiant effort in trying to come back, but fell just short of tying the game.
Rays reliever Chad Bradford came on in the eighth inning after starter Edwin Jackson allowed the leadoff hitter, Alex Rios, to smack a double. Vernon Wells was able to move him over, and Adam Lind just barely managed to sneak one past the infield for the Jays first run of the game.
Rod Barajas was then able to hit a double of his own to score Lind and put the Jays within a run. Unfortunately for Toronto, Grant Balfour got Jose Bautista on strikes to end the eighth, keeping Bautista hitless in his first 12 at bats with the Jays.
Dan Wheeler pitched a perfect ninth inning for his 10th save of the season.
All in all, Jackson finished with seven innings pitched, giving up one run on six hits and two walks while striking out two.
Up next: AJ Burnett (16-9) starts off a series against Carl Pavano (1-0) and his dreaded New York Yankees.
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