Rays move to three games over .500 with win

by Gary Shelton on June 14, 2017 · 0 comments

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Corey Dickerson had four hits, including a homer./JEFFREY S. KING

Corey Dickerson had four hits, including a homer./JEFFREY S. KING

Wednesday, 5 a.m.

One of the questions about the latest Rays' victory: What if young Jacob Faria never loses again?

Another question: What if Corey Dickerson never makes another out?

Two Rays at the opposite end of the spectrum led the Rays to an 8-1 victory over Toronto, the team's sixth win in its last seven games. The team is now three games above .500, a level the team hasn't reached since it was 5-2.

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Jacob Faria was just what the Rays needed./STEVEN MUNCIE

Faria had his second straight impressive outing, becoming only the third Rays' pitcher to go 2-0 in his first two games. (Jeremy Hellickson and Joe Kennedy were the others). He went 6 1/3 innings and allowed six hits and one earned run. He struck out eight.

I was (up) here before, it's the same game, just like last time," Faria said. "So just try to not to think too much of it. And just attack the zone and do what I know how to do."

Faria said his second start was “a little smoother” than his first. A better slider also seemed to help.

The Rays got a boost, too, from an offense that had 16 hits, including four of them by Corey Dickerson. Dickerson had had

Morrison had a three-run homer to lead the Rays./CARMEN MANDATO

Morrison had a three-run homer to lead the Rays./CARMEN MANDATO

only one multi-hit game in his previous seven, but he had three singles and a home run against the Jays.

“I feel like I've been battling the last couple of days at home,” Dickerson said. “You never know how you're going to be after an off-day. I saw the ball well and my approach worked.

Logan Morrison hit a three-run homer for the Rays. Taylor Featherston homered, and Evan Longoria had a two-run double. Corey Rasmus hit a sacrifice fly.

The Rays now have 101 home runs on the season.

Longoria, Morrison, Souza Jr. and Rasmus all had two hits.

The Rays play the Blue Jays again tonight. Jake Odorizzi pitches against Toronto's Francisco Liriano.

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