The Toronto Blue Jays failed to record the longest winning streak in team history, but they're plenty confident going forward, especially knowing Jose Reyes is about to come back.
A day before the possible return of their star shortstop, the visiting Blue Jays try to bounce back from their first defeat in two weeks as they face Matt Moore and the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday night.
Riding the majors' longest winning streak since Detroit won 12 straight in 2011, Toronto (38-37) was held to four hits in 4-1 loss at Tampa Bay on Monday.
The Blue Jays could only match the club record of 11 consecutive victories, previously achieved in 1987 and 1998.
"I think that, to go on that streak, we had to believe that we were able to do that," catcher J.P. Arencibia said. "I don't think the belief has changed at all. We had a good run, game over, and come back (Tuesday)."
Jose Bautista drove home the lone run for the Blue Jays, who hadn't lost since June 10 to the Chicago White Sox. Toronto's confidence should grow with Reyes set to return to the mix.
The Blue Jays said they plan to activate him from the disabled list on Wednesday. Hitting .395 when he suffered a sprained ankle April 12, Reyes made a rehab assignment at Triple-A Buffalo on Monday and is scheduled to appear in a Double-A game Tuesday.
"He's playing pretty good and he's feeling pretty good," manager John Gibbons told the Blue Jays' official website.
Bautista, meanwhile, is batting .143 in his last 11 games but has six RBIs over the past three.
He's 2 for 6 against Moore (9-3, 4.13 ERA), who allowed 20 runs and 26 hits in 12 1-3 innings to lose three straight starts before ending that skid Thursday. He gave up three runs and four hits over 6 1-3 innings of an 8-3 win at Yankee Stadium.
"When he's able to command his pitches and throw strikes, he's as good as it gets," New York's Brett Gardner told the Yankees' official website.
The left-hander, who turned 24 last Tuesday, is 2-1 with a 3.33 ERA in five starts against the Blue Jays. Moore beat them on May 8, when the only runs he allowed in five innings of a 10-4 victory came on Edwin Encarnacion's two-run homer.
Encarnacion was hitless Monday after batting .400 in the previous five games with three homers, three doubles and eight RBIs. He's walked in half of his 14 plate appearances against Moore.
Toronto counters with Mark Buehrle (4-4, 4.60), 2-0 with a 1.42 ERA in his last three starts.
The left-hander overcame eight hits to allow two runs in five innings of a 5-2 victory over Colorado on Wednesday.
"There were just a lot of pitches I got away with," he said. "Earlier in the season that wasn't happening. Those pitches were getting hit for home runs and getting us down in a hole early."
Buehrle, who threw a perfect game against the Rays (40-37) in 2009 for the White Sox, has a 6.23 ERA without a decision in two starts versus Tampa Bay this season.
Rays rookie Wil Myers had two hits Monday, including one of his team's three homers. The highly touted prospect, who came over from Kansas City in the James Shields deal, is batting .294 with two home runs and seven RBIs in eight games since making his major league debut last Tuesday.
"He's very comfortable," manager Joe Maddon said. "He's not overwhelmed whatsoever."
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