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Rays outfielder Wil Myers is greeted at home by Sam Fuld in the second inning after hitting a home run in his first career plate appearance at Tropicana Field. Fuld would then homer as well to give Tampa Bay back-to-back-to-back home runs Monday.
by Steve Carney
For all the offensive success the Tampa Bay Rays have had in 2013, they still had never hit back-to-back-to-back home runs at home. Until Monday.
The Rays got solo shots from James Loney, Wil Myers, and Sam Fuld, and Jeremy Hellickson threw seven innings of one-hit ball as Tampa Bay ended Toronto's eleven-game win streak with a 4-1 win Monday at Tropicana Field.
The three solo home runs, Loney's eighth, and Myers' and Fuld's second each of the year, all came in the second inning with one out off Toronto starter Esmil Rogers.
Tampa Bay extended their lead an inning later as Matt Joyce singled to lead off the inning against Rogers, moved to second on a groundout by Ben Zobrist, and scored on a double by Luke Scott.
That would be all the offense Hellickson would need, as he gave up just a second-inning single to J.P. Arencibia and four walks in his seven frames of work.
Alex Torres would allow the only Toronto run in the eighth, giving up a one-out infield single to Emilio Bonifacio, walking pinch-hitter Mark DeRosa, and a single to Melky Cabrera before Jose Bautista grounded into a fielder's choice to bring in Bonifacio.
Fernando Rodney worked a scoreless ninth inning for his 16th save.
Tampa Bay will look to win their third in a row Tuesday, when Matt Moore (9-3, 4.13 ERA) takes on Mark Buehrle (4-4, 4.60 ERA). First pitch is scheduled for 7:10, with coverage on 620 WDAE and 95.3 FM starting at 6:00 with the Suncoast Hyundai Dealers Inside Pitch