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Rays fall to Blue Jays for first loss of 2023 season

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TORONTO — The opportunity was right there.

The Rays entered Friday’s game as baseball’s most fearsome squad. Their offense was thriving, their pitching was untouchable and they’d racked up 13 straight wins to start the year. One more victory would have surpassed the 1982 Braves and ‘87 Brewers for the longest winning streak to start a season in MLB’s Modern Era.

Against Blue Jays starter José Berríos (who came in with an 11.17 ERA), Tampa Bay was teed up to feast yet again. But a 6-3 loss at Rogers Centre showed that history can be elusive. From the get-go, the Rays weren’t crisp — an oddity given how consistent the season began.

Drew Rasmussen‘s command uncharacteristically drifted all evening, but the mess didn’t really begin until he departed in the fifth, leaving the bases loaded for reliever Colin Poche. The lefty walked in two runs before an error by Brandon Lowe turned a sure-fire double play into two more tallies for the Blue Jays.

Give credit to the Rays for battling back. Even as the record-breaking dreams faded, Tampa Bay clubbed back-to-back home runs in the seventh inning off Jays reliever Yimi García. The club’s 34 home runs this season tied the 2019 Mariners and ’00 Cardinals for the most in AL/NL history through 14 games.

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