ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Marcus Stroman allowed one run in eight innings on his 25th birthday, Troy Tulowitzki hit a three-run homer during a four-run ninth and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Tampa Bay Rays 5-1 on Sunday.
The Blue Jays took two of three to win just their fourth series in the last 27 trips to Tropicana Field.
Stroman (4-0) scattered three hits, walked two and struck out nine. The Blue Jays’ opening day starter is 8-0 in 10 starts since returning from knee surgery last year.
Pinch hitter Darwin Barney doubled and Michael Saunders walked to open the ninth against Xavier Cedeno (2-1). Alex Colome entered and walked Josh Donaldson before striking out Jose Bautista.
After Edwin Encarnacion hit a tiebreaking RBI grounder, Tulowitzki made it 5-1 on his fifth homer.
Tulowitzki had been hitless in his previous 10 at-bats in the series.
Donaldson’s ninth homer with one out in the fourth was the Blue Jays’ first hit and put Toronto up 1-0.
Evan Longoria tied it at 1 in the sixth on his fifth homer and second in as many days.
Jake Odorizzi gave up one run and two hits over seven innings for the Rays. Since the beginning of the 2014 season, the right-hander has allowed one earned run or fewer in 21 of 34 starts at home.
The three Tampa Bay starters in the series — Drew Smyly, Chris Archer and Odorizzi — allowed a combined five hits in 19 innings. Four of the hits were homers.