Blue Jays 2, Rays 0: Kelly Johnson provided all the offense with a two-run double in the first inning and Carlos Villanueva and three Toronto relievers took care of the rest, as the Blue Jays claimed the opener of their four-game series with visiting Tampa Bay.
Villanueva (7-4) breezed through six innings, allowing five hits and striking out seven. He snapped a string of four straight losses dating to July 27. Darren Oliver and Brad Lincoln each worked a perfect frame before Casey Janssen pitched a 1-2-3 ninth for his 18th save.
The Blue Jays won for just the eighth time in 30 games, while the Rays have lost five of six and sit 1 1/2 games out of the last wild-card spot.
A pair of walks and a single - all with two outs - loaded the bases in the first inning for Johnson, who ripped a 1-0 fastball into the right-field corner for a 2-0 lead.
Matt Moore (10-8) matched Villanueva after the rocky first, making it through six innings and giving up two runs on six hits with seven strikeouts. The loss snapped a streak of four straight wins for Moore, dating to a loss to Seattle on July 22.
Johnson and Yunel Escobar each had two hits for the Blue Jays.
GAME NOTEBOOK: The Rays have been shut out nine times this season. … Villanueva tied a club record by striking out six straight batters spanning the third through fifth innings. He has struck out at least six batters in seven of his 11 starts this season. … Johnson has back-to-back multi-hit games for the first time since June 15-16.