September 4, 2014 10:32 pm

Colby Rasmus’ pinch-hit homer in 10th sends Blue Jays to first 3-game sweep at Tampa Bay, 1-0

Toronto Blue Jays third base coach Luis Rivera (2) congratulates Colby Rasmus, who pinch-hit a home run off Tampa Bay Rays reliever Steve Geltz during the 10th inning of a baseball game Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014 in St. Petersburg, Fla.

AP Photo/Steve Nesius

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Pinch-hitter Colby Rasmus homered in the 10th inning and the Toronto Blue Jays earned their first three-game sweep at Tampa Bay by beating the Rays 1-0 on Thursday night.

Rasmus led off with a long drive into the right-field seats against Steve Geltz (0-1).

Tampa Bay had runners at first and third with none out, and the bases loaded with one out, in the ninth. But reliever Brett Cecil (2-3) worked out of the jam by striking out three in the inning. Casey Janssen got three outs for his 21st save.

Toronto won the first two games of the series to stop a streak of 22 consecutive winless road series (including one in Orlando) against the Rays dating to April 6-8, 2007.

Both starters, Toronto’s Mark Buehrle and the Rays’ Jake Odorizzi, had impressive outings.

© 2014 The Canadian Press

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