Tampa Bay Rays at Toronto Blue Jays game preview

The fate of the AL East race rests in the hands of the Toronto Blue Jays, who control their own destiny as they seek their first division title in 22 years.

The Tampa Bay Rays have a chance to play spoiler.

R.A. Dickey seeks his first victory in five tries against the Rays this season as the Blue Jays begin their final regular-season home series Friday night.

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Six of Toronto's final 10 games will be against Tampa Bay as the clubs also finish the regular season against each other Oct. 2-4 in Florida. The Blue Jays (87-65) hold a three-game lead over New York atop the East with no head-to-head meetings remaining after it took two of three from the Yankees with Wednesday's 4-0 win.

Russell Martin hit a three-run homer in the seventh and Josh Donaldson had three hits for the Jays, who are on the verge of winning 88 games for the first time since 1998. They haven't won their division since the last of three straight titles in 1993, when they went on to win a second consecutive World Series.

"The park is sold out, the crowd is electric -- it makes those moments stand out even more," Martin said after his 21st homer tied a career high. "If the crowd wasn't as loud, it wouldn't feel the same. Definitely a good feeling for me. I know the boys enjoyed it."

Dickey (10-11, 4.05 ERA) will look to help Toronto inch closer to the division title by beating the Rays (75-78). He's 0-3 with a 4.94 ERA in four starts against them this season but allowed one run in six innings the last time he faced them July 18.

That began a seven-start home stretch for Dickey during which he's 5-0 with 1.85 ERA. The right-hander put together an efficient outing Saturday against Boston, allowing two runs in six-plus innings before the Blue Jays fell 7-6.

Tampa Bay enters this series seeking its first four-game road winning streak since a season-high five-game run in June. Evan Longoria went 3 for 4 with a solo homer -- his 20th -- in a three-run sixth to lead the Rays to a 4-2 victory over Boston on Thursday.

Longoria is batting .440 during a six-game hitting streak.

"Let's just keep him hitting," manager Kevin Cash said. "We've said it all year long. When he's hitting, that's what shapes our lineup."

Eddie Mathews, Chipper Jones and Scott Rolen are the only other third basemen in history to have reached 20 homers in seven of their first eight seasons.

"It's pretty cool," Longoria said. "It's one of those things where I'll just be able to look back in my career and tell my kids about it, and I just reflect about it when I get a chance to. The names are awesome to be in that group."

Longoria, though, is batting just .143 in seven games at Toronto this season, and he'll look to improve on that as Jake Odorizzi (8-8, 3.38) takes the hill for the Rays.

Odorizzi allowed three runs in 12 innings while winning his previous two starts before giving up four in 5 2/3 innings of Tampa's 7-6 comeback win over Baltimore on Sunday.

The right-hander went 2-0 with a 2.00 ERA in his first four starts against the Blue Jays -- including tossing eight solid innings of a 2-1 win at Toronto on April 13 -- before walking a career high-tying five in 4 1/3 innings of a 6-2 defeat July 17.

Donaldson and Justin Smoak homered off Odorizzi in that contest.