Awful Jays season ends on low note with loss to Rays

Another Toronto Blue Jays season ends as a young fan watches the end of their game against the...

Another Toronto Blue Jays season ends as a young fan watches the end of their game against the Tampa Bay Rays September 29, 2013. (REUTERS/Fred Thornhill)

STEVE BUFFERY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:51 PM ET

TORONTO - The Toronto Blue Jays gave up six runs in the first inning and fell just short of a comeback in their final game of the season.

Starting pitcher Todd Redmond threw a mere 2/3rds of an inning to mark the shortest start of his career, before being replaced with Neil Wagner. In the end, Redmond was hit with the loss, giving up four hits and five earned runs in the first.

The Jays trailed 7-0 before scoring three runs in the sixth, another in the seventh and two more in the eighth, but the comeback fell just short, losing to the Tampa Bay Rays 7-6, to fall to 74-88 on the season.

The loss moved Toronto’s home record to 40-41, marking the Jays’ first losing season at home since 2004.

Matt Moore earned his 17th win of the year for Tampa Bay. Fernando Rodney picked up his 37th save.

Jays reliever Darren Oliver came in the seventh and got out the side for his final career appearance. After this season, the lefty will retire, ending a Major League career that began with the Texas Rangers in 1993 -- the last time the Jays made the post-season.

Jays manager John Gibbons was happy with the way his club finished the year, taking two of three from the Ray on the weekend, and fighting until the very end on Sunday.

“You didn’t see that coming, (giving up) six in the first,” Gibbons said.

“But the guys hung in there. We made a run late and had a shot. So I’m pretty proud of them for that. It would have been easy to have tucked it in.

"We had a huge crowd today (44,551) and they were behind us. And as tough as the year was, I’ve gotten a lot of satisfaction and found out a lot things about some of those guys in there and there was a lot of enjoyment along the way as well.”


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