Souza homers twice as Rays beat Blue Jays 5-3 for split

Tampa Bay Rays' Steven Souza Jr. hits a three-run home run off Toronto Blue Jays relief pitcher Arnold Leon during the eighth inning Wednesday. AP Photo

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Steven Souza Jr.’s second home run of the game, a go-ahead, three-run drive in the eighth inning, lifted the Tampa Bay Rays over the Toronto Blue Jays 5-3 Wednesday.

Souza pulled Tampa Bay to 3-2 in the sixth with a solo homer off J.A. Happ. Tampa Bay has homered in a team-record 18 consecutive games dating to Sept. 20.

Evan Longoria and Desmond Jennings singled off Gavin Floyd (0-1) in the eighth, and Arnold Leon relieved with one out. Souza homered to center for his fourth hit of the game, tying his career high.

Erasmo Ramirez (1-0) allowed one hit over the final two innings as the Rays split the four-game series after losing the first two.

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