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Villanueva leads Blue Jays past slumping Rays 2-0

Struggling with an illness, Carlos Villanueva felt "terrible." He sure didn't show it on the mound.Villanueva pitched six sharp innings and the Toronto Blue Jays beat slumping Tampa Bay 2-0 on Thursday night, snapping a five-game losing streak against the Rays."Carlos was fighting a low-grade fever all afternoon and through the six innings he pitched tonight," Blue Jays manager John Farrell said. "But he was outstanding again."Villanueva (7-4) allowed five hits, all singles, to win for the first time since July 27 against Detroit. The right-hander had gone 0-4 in five starts since, despite never allowing more than four earned runs. He walked one and struck out seven, including six straight during one stretch to tie a club record.It was the first win in five career appearances against Tampa Bay for Villanueva, who entered 0-1 with a 9.00 ERA against the Rays. He said the illness forced him to work slowly and conserve as much energy as possible."It's just satisfying to beat Tampa," Villa...

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