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Rays beat Jays 4-1 to snap 11-game winning streak

ALL GOOD THINGS:The game ended a streak that matched the Jays’ longest, while in Los Angeles, rookie Yasiel Puig hit his seventh homer to lift the Dodgers over the Giants

AP, ST PETERSBURG, Florida

Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Jeremy Hellickson pitches against the Toronto Blue Jays in their MLB game at Tropicana Field in St Petersburg, Florida, on Monday.

Phoyo: AFP

AMERICAN LEAGUE

Jeremy Hellickson allowed one hit in seven shutout innings and rookie Wil Myers homered in his home debut, helping the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Blue Jays 4-1 on Monday night to end Toronto’s 11-game winning streak.

Myers hit the second of three straight Tampa Bay homers in the second, connecting in his first at-bat at Tropicana Field. His drive to center off Esmil Rogers (3-3) was sandwiched between home runs by James Loney and Sam Fuld as Tampa Bay went deep three times in a span of eight pitches.

Luke Scott added a bloop RBI double to make it 4-0 in the third, and that was all the support Hellickson (6-3) needed.

Fernando Rodney worked the ninth, earning his 16th save in 21 opportunities.

The Blue Jays were limited to four singles and five walks. They came up short in their bid to extend the longest winning streak in the majors since Detroit won 12 straight in 2011.

Toronto’s winning streak matched the best in club history. The Blue Jays also won 11 in a row in 1987 and 1998.

INDIANS 5, ORIOLES 2

In Baltimore, Maryland, Michael Brantley homered and had four RBIs to lead the Cleveland Indians past Baltimore for their ninth win in 12 games.

Brantley put the Indians ahead with a two-run single off Zach Britton (1-2) in the sixth inning and made it 5-2 with a two-run shot in the eighth off Darren O’Day. His four RBIs tied a career high, reached twice previously.

The victory improved Cleveland’s record against the AL East to 7-17 and provided an uplifting start to an 11-game road trip.

Ubaldo Jimenez (6-4) allowed two runs in 5-1/3 innings and Vinnie Pestano, the fourth Indians reliever, worked the ninth for his fourth save.

Nick Markakis and Matt Wieters homered for the Orioles, who have lost four straight.

NATIONAL LEAGUE

AP, LOS ANGELES

Rookie sensation Yasiel Puig hit his seventh home run in 20 major league games and added a tiebreaking single in the eighth inning against Madison Bumgarner, leading the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 3-1 victory over the San Francisco Giants on Monday night.

Nick Punto led off the eighth with a double. Mark Ellis sacrificed Punto to third and reached safety when Bumgarner threw high to first for an error.

Puig greeted George Kontos with a line-drive single to left that scored Punto. Hanley Ramirez drove in the final run on a liner toward the middle that shortstop Brandon Crawford knocked down with a lunging attempt before getting the out at first.

Paco Rodriguez (2-2) got two outs and Kenley Jansen worked the ninth for his fifth save.

Bumgarner (7-5) was charged with three runs — two earned — and five hits in seven-plus innings in his 100th big league start.

PADRES 4, PHILLIES 3, 10 INNS

In San Diego, California, Kyle Blanks singled home the winning run in the 10th inning for his career-high fourth hit as San Diego rallied from a three-run deficit in the ninth to beat Philadelphia.

Blanks also had a two-run single and scored the tying run on Carlos Ruiz’s passed ball in the ninth as the Padres fought back against Cliff Lee and struggling closer Jonathan Papelbon.

Joe Thatcher (3-1) retired Domonic Brown with a runner on third in the 10th.

Chase Utley homered and Ruiz had an RBI single for the Phillies. Justin de Fratus (2-1) took the loss.

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