MLB: Tampa Bay 8, Toronto 5

July 19, 2013 at 10:40 PM

TORONTO, July 19 (UPI) -- A single by Ryan Roberts put Tampa Bay in front during a two-run eighth inning Friday, sending the Rays to an 8-5 victory over Toronto.

Tampa Bay has won three in a row and 11 out of 12 in a surge that has the Rays threatening to grab the lead in the American League East.

Toronto took a 4-1 lead through three innings, but the Rays caught up on solo homers by Wil Myers, Evan Longoria and Kelly Johnson.

It was a 4-4 game heading into the Tampa Bay eighth, but Kelly Johnson opened the inning with a base hit off Brett Cecil (3-1) and moved to second on a sacrifice by Sean Rodriguez.

Roberts then singled Johnson home and advanced to second on the throw to the plate. A wild pitch put Johnson at third, from where he scored an insurance run on a double by Desmond Jennings.

Tampa Bay tacked on two more in the ninth on RBI singles from Myers and Rodriguez.

Rays starter David Price (4-5) worked seven innings to get the win. He gave up four runs on seven hits.

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