Blue Jays finally break Rays curse at Tropicana Field

Toronto Blue Jays first baseman Edwin Encarnacion celebrates a hone run against the Tampa Bay Rays...

Toronto Blue Jays first baseman Edwin Encarnacion celebrates a hone run against the Tampa Bay Rays with third base coach Luis Rivera at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla., Sept. 3, 2014. (KIM KLEMENT/USA Today)

Ken Fidlin, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:28 PM ET

ST. PETERSBURG, FLA. - The last time theToronto Blue Jays won a series at Tropicana Field, Vernon Wells and Reed Johnson each hit a home run in a series-clinching 6-3 win. Roy Halladay pitched seven innings and Casey Janssen worked the final two for his very first career save.

On that day, Marcus Stroman was a 16-year-old attending Patchogue-Medford High School on Long Island. Dioner Navarro caught all nine innings for the Tampa Bay Rays.

That was on April 8, 2007. Seven years, four months and 25 days later, the Blue Jays finally clinched their next series win at Tropicana Field Wednesday night with a 7-4 victory over the Rays. Coupled with Tuesday’s 8-2 win, it assures the Jays of their first series victories here after 22 consecutive visits without one.

In their two previous trips here this season, the Jays split a four-game series and were edged 2-1 in a three-gamer. A win in the finale Thursday evening would complete the first sweep by a Jays team here since September of 1999 when they won both ends of a two-game series.

This time, Navarro caught all nine innings for Toronto and delivered a second-inning two-run homer.


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