Rays outhit Jays 10-4, lose 2-1

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The Rays lost for an MLB-high 11th time while allowing two runs or less Friday in dropping a 2-1 game to the Blue Jays.

Tampa Bay outhit Toronto 10-4 in the contest, but could muster only a single run, that coming when Desmond Jennings homered in the third.

The Rays had pinch-runner Elliot Johnson cut down at home plate for the final out of the game. They’ve now lost 11 of their last 12 one-run games.

Brandon Morrow was the winning pitcher for the Jays tonight in his second start back from a strained oblique. He allowed one run on eight hits in 6 2/3 innings and struck out five.

Jeremy Hellickson fell to 8-10 despite allowing just two runs in six innings. The Jays got their runs on solo homers from Moises Sierra and Edwin Encarnacion.

Tampa Bay has scored more than two runs in just one of Hellickson’s 10 losses. They’ve scored three runs or fewer in 17 of his 25 starts.

Report: Phillies moving in on a deal with Tommy Hunter

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There’s been a bit of confusion at the Winter Meetings. First, ESPN’s Buster Olney reported that the Phillies were close to signing free agent reliever Addison Reed. That report was then disputed by Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports. Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer then reported that not only do the Phillies not have a deal with Reed, they’re actually moving in on a deal with free agent pitcher Tommy Hunter. Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic backed up Gelb’s report, as did Todd Zolecki of MLB.com.

Hunter, 31, spent the past season with the Rays, posting a 2.61 ERA with a 64/14 K/BB ratio across 58 2/3 innings. The right-hander, a veteran of 10 seasons in the majors, should be a good addition to the Phillies’ bullpen, which also recently added Pat Neshek. Neshek and Hunter will likely work the innings just ahead of closer Hector Neris.

As for Reed, well, who knows.