Struggling Blue Jays enter all-star break on losing note

Rays shortstop Yunel Escobar (right) slides home and tagged by Blue Jays catcher Josh Thole and...

Rays shortstop Yunel Escobar (right) slides home and tagged by Blue Jays catcher Josh Thole and called out during the sixth inning in St. Petersburg, Fla., on Sunday. Upon review, the out was overturned and Escobar was credited with a run. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

MIKE RUTSEY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 4:53 PM ET

ST. PETERSBURG, FLA. - The Blue Jays hit the all-star break the way they opened the season -- with a loss at Tropicana Field and R.A. Dickey on the mound.

Dickey, however, was not the reason for the Jays' 3-0 defeat which left them with a 2-8 record on their road trip.

If you're looking for a culprit it was the shared responsibility of Rays starting pitcher David Price and Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos.

Price continued his domination of the Jays as he upped his record against them to 15-2. Over eight innings plus a batter he held the Jays to five singles.

His job was made that much easier this day due to the weak lineup manager John Gibbons was forced to pencil in for the game.

In the wake of injuries to Edwin Encarnacion, Brett Lawrie and Adam Lind, as well as recent replacements in Cole Gillespie and Nolan Reimold, Gibbons was left to have left-handed hitters Dan Johnson and Juan Francisco go up against Price with Erik Kratz as the DH, Darin Mastroianni in centre and Steve Tolleson at second.


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