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TOR@BOS: Buehrle gives the Blue Jays terrific outing

Jeremy Hellickson has come away from his last two starts more frustrated than ever.

While the Rays right-hander received 20 runs of support in his last two outings, Hellickson surrendered 14 earned runs in those games combined for one win.

Allowing eight runs on 10 hits in 7 2/3 innings of work Friday against the Orioles, Hellickson was helped by the Rays' offense in a 12-10 win, his second victory this year.

His performance marked the most earned runs allowed by a winning pitcher since Yankees left-hander Andy Pettitte on Sept. 29, 2007.

"The guys are getting so many runs; all I want to do is help this team win, and it feels like I'm doing the complete opposite," Hellickson said. "Especially late in the game, when I want to be out there. I'm just putting myself in some tough situations there the last few games. I just have to get better with runners on and eliminating those innings that have been happening."

He will try to do just that Wednesday as the Rays and Blue Jays square off in Toronto.

Mark Buehrle will be on the hill for the Blue Jays, looking for his first win since April 15, a span of six starts.

While the left-hander most recently allowed five runs on six hits in six innings of work for a loss against the Yankees, his line does not tell the whole story.

He cruised through six innings, allowing only two runs in what would have been a quality start. However, a rough seventh changed that. He allowed doubles to David Adams and Austin Romine in an inning that also included a bunt single by Ichiro Suzuki.

"I didn't feel as good as last game but still making some pitches," Buehrle said after the game. "Just that last inning, first-pitch double and then a good bunt, and I tried to battle, tried to get out of that inning, but unfortunately I couldn't."

Rays: Joyce leaves game with hamstring tightness
• Matt Joyce left Tuesday night's game with the Blue Jays because of right hamstring tightness. The Rays said the move was precautionary.

Joyce started in right field and left the game after playing the field in the sixth. Ryan Roberts took Joyce's spot in the order and took over at second base. Ben Zobrist moved from second base to right field.

• Roberto Hernandez, the former Rays relief pitcher, will represent Tampa Bay at the 2013 First-Year Player Draft.

Blue Jays: McGriff to represent Blue Jays at Draft
• Toronto will be represented at the coming First-Year Player Draft by former first baseman Fred McGriff.

McGriff spent parts of five seasons in Toronto from 1986-90, during which time he hit .278 with 125 homers and 305 RBIs. McGriff rejoined the Blue Jays organization earlier this year as a special assistant to president Paul Beeston.

He will announce Toronto's selections at the Draft while being joined by Blue Jays Vice President of Communications Jay Stenhouse.

• Right-hander Josh Johnson is expected to need two more rehab starts before he can return to the Blue Jays' starting rotation. Johnson made his first rehab start for Class-A Dunedin on Monday and struck out five over three innings of work.

Worth noting
• Hellickson is 2-1 with a 3.70 ERA in four career starts at the Rogers Centre.

• The Blue Jays have outscored the opposition, 41-20, in their last five home games.

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