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Rays 3, Jays 2: Rodney, Peralta and Cobb

Posted Aug 8, 2012 by Roger Mooney

Updated Aug 8, 2012 at 11:26 PM

ROGER MOONEY
ST. PETERSBURG
The Rays beat the Blue Jays, 3-2, on Wednesday to win their 16th straight home series against the Jays.

They Rays are now 20-1-1 against the Jays in the last 22 series between the AL East rivals played here or in Toronto.

Here are some notes from the victory:

—Fernando Rodney converted his 19th straight save, tying the club record set by Roberto Hernandez in 1999 and tied by Rafael Soriano in 2010. He now leads the majors with 34 saves.

He has converted 34 of 35 save opportunities for a 97.1 save percentage. Soriano, who converted 45 of 48 saves in 2010, holds the team record with a 93.8 save percentage.

Rodney’s run of consecutive scoreless innings ended at 22 after he served up a home run to David Cooper with one out in the ninth inning. It was basically an opposite-field fly ball that was hit far enough to bounce off the top of the small wall down the left field line.

—Joel Peralta has struck out 20 of the last 40 batters he faced over his last 12 appearances.

—Alex Cobb earned his second straight win and third straight quality start. He has a decision in each of his 14 starts this season. It was his third straight start of seven innings.

—Evan Longoria, playing in only his second game since returning from the disabled list, was 0-for-4 with three strikeouts.

—The Rays have allowed two runs or less in 12 of their last 18 games. They have allowed 12 runs over their last seven home games. The offense, though, has scored only 11.

—The Rays three-run third inning was their first inning of at least three runs since a three-run sixth July 31 in Oakland. They went 49 innings between such offensive fireworks.

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